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Wiki Loves Women
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Project external links
Youtube: [1]
Facebook page : [2]
Facebook group : [3]
Twitter: [4]
On Wiki in Africa website: [5]
Project internal links
HOME (On Meta): Wiki Loves Women
On English WP: WikiProject Wiki Loves Women
On French WP: Projet:Wiki Loves Women
On Commons: c:Category:Wiki Loves Women
The Advisory Committee (created in 2020)
The Focus Group (created in 2021)
Global drives organized (Africa)
Participation to
Friend and allies in Asia
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Wiki Loves Women in briefEdit


Gender inequality is rife across Africa. Although much progress has been made to address these inequalities in the workplace and within society, there remains a systemic bias towards profiling women, especially with regards to information, news and knowledge sources, both online and offline.
There are significant numbers of notable women who have shaped the past of African societies, there are innovative African female businesswomen who help to drive Africa’s many economies (formal and informal) and there are everyday realities that women and female children must face due to their gender. These stories need to sit alongside the ones of their male counterparts. Very few of these subjects can be found online, far fewer on the world’s largest knowledge repositories, such as Wikipedia.

Why Wiki Loves WomenEdit

In ITU’s 2019 report 4.1 billion people (53% of the global population) are online. This means that 3.6 billion people are not connected to the Internet, despite 96% of the global population living within reach of a mobile signal. The majority of these unconnected people live in the least Developed Countries, where 80% of the population is offline. In 2019 Africa’s internet penetration was at 39.3 % (the world’s lowest). In 2020, Internet penetration across southern Africa is at 26.4%.

Internet access for women lags behind men. Overall, 48% of all women use the Internet, compared with 58% of all men. In Africa, the internet penetration rate drops to 33.8% for men and 22.6% for women. The digital gender gap has been widening over recent years. Other research finds that urban poor women are 50% less likely to use the internet than men.

Analysis of these statistics mentioned above indicate the following barriers to Internet use:

  • Affordability
  • A lack of digital skills
  • A lack of meaningful and interesting content (subjects that women are interested in or relate to, e.g. local issues, health,)
  • A lack of content that represents their experience (e.g. expert women as thought leaders, stereotypical portrayal, etc.)
  • A lack of cultural considerations (local context, stories and languages).

Lack of access to information by women becomes a self-perpetuating cycle. If women do not see themselves represented online with stories that are in their language and relevant to their culture, they are less likely to see themselves as capable of contributing. Further, without inspiring women being showcased on local media, many women will not be inspired to follow similar pathways. Leaving nobody behind is a central precept of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The projectEdit

Wiki Loves Women focuses on bridging two significant gaps on Wikimedia projects – women and Africa – both in terms of content about these subjects and in terms of participation by people from these groups.

The project is designed to leverage Wikipedia’s role as a global repository for the dissemination of information to achieve accessible and fair online representation of notable women in countries in Africa. It encourages the contribution of existing researched and verified information by civil society organisations to Wikipedia with the intent of redressing the systemic bias online about women. The donated data and content specifically focuses on women’s contribution to the political, economic, scientific, cultural and heritage landscape, as well as the current socio-political status of women in each country that it is instigated.

In 2020, Wiki Loves Women announced it's Advisory Committee that is made up of amazing women and men within the Wikimedia movement who have experience with pushing for gender equity. Many of the members were involved as their community's leads when doing Wiki Loves Women's activities in their countries. We are fortunate and honoured to have them involved.

The project achieves its aims by working with existing gender equality-focused civil society organisations to release their intelligence onto Wikipedia, and by training established Women’s groups and working with existing Wikipedia Volunteer groups to disseminate this information among the Wikimedia projects. In addition, the project encourages the activation and support of new and existing editors (both female and gender-sensitised male Wikipedians) in the focus countries.

The TeamEdit

User:Anthere and User:Islahaddow conceptualised Wiki Loves Women in 2015 and developed it in discussion with Brigitte Doellgast at the Goethe-Institut. It was launched in 2016 with community building activities in 4 African countries and 2 online drives. Since then the community is growing in 12 countries, led by Wikimedia individuals and usergroups who conduct local community activities in partnership with over 78 organisation. The project provides further visibility and content through at least two online drives a year. In 2021, Wiki Loves Women was excited to add User:Shoodho to the team as an administrative assistant.

Project linksEdit

The spin-off Wiki Loves Women AsiaEdit

Our work in Africa inspired our friends and allies in Asia, and they start Wiki Loves Women Asia, a project that focuses on bridging the gender gap in Wikipedia and creating content on women keeping the context of feminism and women in Asia and release and make widely available cultural and educational content on, or related to women, to the general public. Keep in touch with them at Wiki Loves Women Asia.

Wiki Loves Women Brand/Communications elementsEdit

Logo coloursEdit


Additional logos for other regions and international drives can be found here

R102, G45, B145
C75, M1, Y98, K0
Pantone P 93-B U

R247, G148, B30
C0, M49, Y98, K0
Pantone P 20-8 U

There are generic communications materials and how the brand has been implemented can be found Wiki Loves Women Communications category on Commons

WLW Activities in 2021Edit

Planned in October/NovemberEdit

#SheSaid on WikiQuote: The goal is to create entries about notable women on all language Wikiquote platforms. - get involved here.

September 2021Edit

Wiki Loves Women South Asia 2021, a drive organized by our allies in Asia is running throughout September. Check it out : Wiki Loves Women South Asia 2021

July/August 2021Edit

The Wiki Loves Women/Focus Group was presented during Wikimania 2021 by Candy.
See the program page on Wikimania website
The Youtube record

May/June 2021Edit

The Focus Group Members initiative kickstarted in May 2021. Wiki Loves Women Focus Coaching programme is a practical, action-oriented, mentored online training programme that provides skills and knowledge transfer that is specifically designed to support community leaders as they create gender-equity programmes and drives within the Wikimedia and Open movements. The Focus Coaching programme will provide ideas, guidance, skills transfer and mentorship as each Focus Group Member plans a gender-equity programme within their community, and gathers the resources and skills to implement this programme.

For the month of MarchEdit

1. ISA campaign Tell Us About Her

More info and outcome of the campaign on this page

2. WikiGap and Wikimedia Foundation Nigeria Inc's International Women's Day Conference

IWD Conference by the Wikimedia Foundations Nigeria Inc in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden. Held on Monday, 8th of March, Wiki In Africa's Isla Haddow-Flood presented Mind the Gender Gap on Wikipedia about the impact of the Gender-Gap across the Wikimedia movement and what the movement is doing about it.
A Wiki Loves Women prize has been offered to winners of the writing drive being held across Nigeria.

3. Gender Gap portal

Using social media to highlight other opportunities to be involved in content creation about women through March, as detailed on a collaborative Gender Gap events page.

What to expect in 2021Edit

For 2021 we have a project plan jam-packed with exciting new elements that build on Wiki Loves Women’s success so far. You can read the full strategy behind our gender-equity engagements over 2021 here.
In the later part of the year, we will be focusing on the following:
  • June onwards:
  • Coached training of communities
  • Train-the-trainer MOOC: a skills transfer programme to sustainably build a gender-equity programme with in the Wikimedia communities
  • #InspiringWomen podcasts: interviewing and celebrating local notable women and WM organisers.
  • Monthly online focus group meetings. These are designed to be an informal discussion space that promotes knowledge transfer, two-way engagement and will be fully participatory.
  • The topics of each discussion will be decided by the small group, prior to the meeting, but can range from gender-equity in the open movement, to leadership skills, partnership development, etc.
Wiki Loves Women’s MOOC and Coaching courses are aimed at providing training towards access for women and gender-sensitised men. The main goal of the project is skills transfer and also to raise awareness of and action to counter the lack of representation of women generally, and more specifically on online platforms such as Wikipedia.
There are many important and contentious issues within the Gender space, however this programme is not aimed at unpacking those. Rather it is aimed at transferring vital skills towards women and men – digital, technical, researching, writing and leadership – that allow them to access information in order to make up their own minds within their cultural specificity. Should you wish to read more into the various kinds of gender activism, you can access those resources here.

WLW Activities in 2020Edit

SheSaid : October-December 2020Edit

The Wiki Loves Women initiative was celebrating women leaders throughout late 2020 with the SheSaid drive. The drive was aimed at improving the visibility of women in improving Wikiquote entries related to them.
Launched at the CC Summit 2020 on the 20th October 2020, the #SheSaid campaign had been an amazing success! Across 7 languages, it has resulted in 867 new or improved articles (the majority new). Italian Wikiquote was the clear language winner (at 405 articles) with Ukraine (187 articles) and French (106) coming not so close behind. This is an amazing result - thank you for getting women’s voices heard. The final results can be seen here.
Although we have released the results as they were on the 5th January. The Wiki Loves Women team have decided to keep this as an ongoing campaign.
Campaign link : Wiki Loves Women/SheSaid

WikiGap Nigeria Online Challenge in May 2020Edit

In May 2020, the Wiki Loves Women team supported the WikiGap Nigeria Online Challenge spearheaded by Wikimedia Nigeria UserGroup.
This was a Nigeria public writing competition to create and improve articles that will strengthen Wikipedia coverage of Nigerian women. The Challenge was organized as part of the global WikiGap campaign by Wikimedia Nigeria in collaboration with African Women in the Media ( AWIM) and the Embassy of Sweden in Nigeria, Wiki Loves Women from Wik in Africa, and Women in Red. It was a build-up to the WikiGap event held in Lagos and Abuja to celebrate International Women's Day which produced 17 Wikipedia biographies on Nigerian women. Due to the prevailing global pandemic and lockdown in Nigeria, it was organized with a 3hr online training via Webinar on Wikipedia for interested Nigerians to be followed by a two-week online contest.
The WLW team acted as advisors, presented during the training webinar and participated to the gifts to the winners of the challenge.

Celebrating Women's Month : the TellUsAboutHer in March 2020Edit

The Wiki Loves Women initiative is celebrating Africa’s women leaders throughout March 2020 with the Tell Us About Her drive on the ISA tool. The drive was aimed at improving the visibility of political leaders and activists across Africa on Wikimedia projects. If you do not know it yet, the ISA tool is a fun and mobile friendly tool that helps you to add better descriptions onto the photographs uploaded to Wikimedia Commons within selected categories, so that they are more useful on Wikipedia and Wikidata. Information added to the image description is structured data (depicts or captions). Categories I chose for this campaign are related to politicians, activists and in particular feminists from Africa.
We invite you to check out what the ISA tool is (if you have not yet done so during previous drives). And of course invite you to join and help add structured data information on our ISA current campaign Tell Us about Her.
Campaign link:
Results: 1519 contributions from 14 contributors on 1782 images. 1st place: User:Wikinade; 2nd place: User:Gamaliel; 3rd place: c:User:Vanotchere - Congratulations to them all!!

Other links and resourcesEdit