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Project external links
Facebook page : [1]
Facebook group : [2]
Twitter: [3]
On Wiki in Africa website: [4]
Project internal links
On English WP: WikiProject Wiki Loves Women
On French WP: Projet:Wiki Loves Women
On Commons: c:Category:Wiki Loves Women
On Meta: Wiki Loves Women
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.

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.

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 2020Edit

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 is 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:


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!!

SheSaid : October-December 2020Edit

The Wiki Loves Women initiative is celebrating women leaders throughout late 2020 with the SheSaid drive. The drive is aimed at improving the visibility of women in improving Wikiquote entries related to them.

Campaign link : Wiki Loves Women/SheSaid

Wiki Loves Women 2018/2019Edit

Wiki Loves Women project is now active in Tanzania and Uganda (starting summer 2018 till end of 2019).

Wiki Loves Women has happened both offline in Uganda and Tanzania, and on-Wiki. You can find the links to all the activies below:

  • Offline activities:
  • Online activities:
  • Women Occupation Drive was a Wiki Loves Women drive on Wikipedia on WikiData in support of Months of African Cinema (from WikiProject AfroCine). The aim of the Occupations Drive was to help improve the occupation labels in WikiData with non gender-biased description and description in more languages. Pages were established for 12 Africa-based languages. It took place in 2018.
  • Women in Sport was a Wiki Loves Women drive on Wikipedia to improve the coverage of Africa's sportswomen on Wikimedia projects that took place throughout June 2019. it run across several language Wikipedias (English, French and Swahili), WikiData and Wikimedia Commons. Through the drive people were encouraged to update all the information available on WikiData on Africa’s Sportswomen. Participants were encouraged to upload images, translate existing articles, add WikiData items or create new articles on their favourite female sportswomen. The existing list of sports women that are covered on Wikimedia projects was listed (by country) displaying a variety of information in order to show what was missing.

Wiki Loves Women 2016/2017Edit

From January 2016-April 2017, the Wiki Loves Women conducted a proof of concept project in four countries (Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria) in Africa, with accompanying interventions online, under the support of the Goethe-Institut.

The information below provides brief details on the results of the project.

Project GoalsEdit

  1. Increased content by providing significant increase in the role women played and are playing in the political, social and cultural sectors in Africa by increasing the number of articles on Wikipedia;
  2. Focused participation: through the concentration on a) Women and b) Providing verified information and aggregating African content onto the world’s largest encyclopedia;
  3. Cross continental and regional skills transfer, collaboration and networking
  4. Increased visibility and understanding of the Wikimedia projects: through the project activations, events and work with the partners will have significantly raised the level of interest in, and usage of, the Wikimedia projects in the focus countries;
  5. Provided training, support and encouragement that has built the volunteer base of contributing to Wikimedia and other open movement projects; and
  6. Strengthened Wikipedia as a source of information and access point for Africa-related content.

This is done by:

  1. Skills transfer and collaboration: the project will benefit by drawing on the resources and experience of members of Wikimedia Deutschland to assist with the initial training, mentoring and mid-action workshops;
  2. Focusing on information literacy through skills transfer to activated Wikipedia editors as defined by the American Library Association;
  3. Collaborative work with a broad array of institutional content partners (archives, museums, libraries, NGOs) as well as with communities and individuals;
  4. Encouraging sustainable donation by implementing a long-term strategy for information, data and media from focus-related suitable organisations (content partners);
  5. Profiling Goethe Institut libraries as being proactive in digital information literacy, and as providing meeting places for Wikipedia groups;
  6. Community development and encouraging active and sustained participation: providing support and activities to activate, galvanise, and increase the editors within the focus countries by involving content partners, network partners and working with existing editor groups; and
  7. Facilitating the process: Training, supporting and mentoring between six to twelve skilled Wikipedians in Residence (a minimum of one for each country) as facilitators to achieve the above goals.

Report summaryEdit

  • People in charge of implementation: Isla Haddow-Flood and Florence Devouard (and the assigned personnel of the Goethe Institut in each country)
  • Reporting period: 17/01/2016 – 31/03/2017 

Goal of the project: Encouraging the contribution of quality information on African women to be published on, and made widely available via, Wikipedia

How it is done: Gender inequality is rife across Africa. The Wiki Loves Women project 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. In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, the project works to encourage the contribution of existing information from Civil Society Organisations and Gender-equality groups to Wikipedia. The donated content will specifically focus 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. In addition, the project will encourage the activation and support of new and existing editors (both female and gender-sensitised male Wikipedians) in the focus countries. 
Language of implementation: French and English
Countries of implementation: Cameroon, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana 

Results in brief (local actions in Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria)Edit

(as per 12th June 2017)

  • Total articles started or expanded : 660 in French, 850 in English
  • Total media added: 2,081 = 1161 (content) + 920 (events)
  • Number of partners: 43
  • Number of events held or participated in so far: 97
  • Number of people participating: 1190
  Cameroun Côte d’Ivoire Ghana Nigeria
# number of partners 11 8 18 16
# events held 30 30 22 15
# events held at GI 6 3 8 10
# people participating 250 200 415 325
% of female participants 32.8% 30% 85% 100%
# in team 10 5 10 10
# of team female 5 2 6 4

Gallery of just some of the events

Tangible impacts on the Volunteer groupsEdit

In Cameroon:

  • Women are currently the most committed to the Wikimedia project and the edit-a-thons
  • The creation and launch of the User Group: Wikimedians of Cameroon User Group
  • Partnership with Cameroon photographers

In Cote d'Ivoire: Thanks to the project, several women from our user group renewed their involvement in the movement so that we finally decided to create a dedicated women's group that will continue to work on the Wiki Loves Women project but under a new name: Wikimousso. Mousso means woman in a local Ivorian language. We already have a workshop planned in next August on "How to contribute on Wikidata".

In Ghana: WLW created the platform that has enabled us train more female editors in Ghana than any single project. Again through Wiki Loves Women we have been able to train and mentor some female project leads who have help us execute some projects successfully and an example is Wiki Indaba. Finally WLW has help us secure a lot of partnerships than any other project or intervention.

In Nigeria: We are currently working on SHE CAN WITH ICT, a project funded by WMF. The project was secured as result of our involvement in Wiki Loves Women.   We were able to secure Two Media partnership due to our involvement in Wiki Loves Women: 

  • The first is partnership with the online Blackface Radio station,
  • The second is a new partnership with free-to-air (terrestial) radio station, called WFM 91.7

On-wiki events organised during the WLW projectEdit

The proof of concept phase for Wiki Loves Women was not just confined geographically to the four countries. There were three on-Wiki drives that involved Wikipedians around the world in the project and getting more articles onto Wikipedias of all different languages.

Wiki Loves Women Launch Writing ContestEdit

As a launching event and to celebrate the 15 years of Wikipedia, a writing contest was organised starting 15th of January 2016, to end 30th of January. The goal was to write biographies about notable African women.


At the end of the contest,

  • 15 Anglophone teams (27 participants)
  • 18 Francophone teams (24 participants)
  • And 1 team (4 participants) from Armenian (completely unexpected ... but so very welcome!)

Produced no less than ...

See Wiki Loves Women Writing Contest for more information

The Africa DestubathonEdit

The idea behind the destubathon is fairly simple: blast away as many of our 37,000 + Africa stubs as possible! Though the Destubathon was primarily intended as a general stub elimination contest to cover all topics (related to Africa), this was run in a way to complement Wiki Loves Women project. The destubathon happened between October 15 till November 28, 2016.


There was a section of the African Destubathon that was focused entirely on articles relating to women. The results of this section included:

Most women articles by Users:

  • Miyagawa - 91 articles - WINNER - $200
  • Fsmatovu - 54 articles - 2nd Place - $100
  • Penny Richards - 40 articles - 3rd Place - $50
  • ssriram_mt - 20 articles - 4th Place - $25
  • IgnorantArmies - 17 articles - 5th Place - $15
  • MrLinkinPark333, Knope7 - 13 articles - 6th Place - $5 each (as tie)
    See The Africa Destubathon for more information

The #16WikiWomen Translate DriveEdit

The drive was for 16 days to make available biographies on 16 notable African women, in at least 16 languages. The articles to be translated were the biographies of African women with the extra drive to translate each article into at least 16 languages.


  • 116 articles were created based on translation from the English version. Out of these, 64 were a near equivalent of the master article in terms of quality.
  • 39 previously existing article versions were improved.
  • The overall number of languages involved were 44.
  • 54 people reported participating.

See #16WikiWomen Translation Drive for more information

The Response of participants and partnersEdit


  • “I deeply appreciate this timeless opportunity and I count myself really privileged to be given this global visibility! Believe me, just as we discussed at the latest edit-a-thon meeting in our office two days ago, to think that all this possibilities emanated from your listening to my interview on radio (by chance!), it all looks so surreal. I believe God is behind it all!” -- Betty Abah, CEO CEE-Hope (WLW Nigeria partner)
  • “From the bottom of our hearts at Arise Nigerian Woman Foundation, we say a very big thank you for our participation in the Edit a Thon, it’s fired us up to look forward to the work to be done on women in politics and governance in Nigeria.” -- Abimbola Junaid, Arise Nigerian Women Foundation
  • “Thanks, Isla! You, Florence and your team, and the Nigerian team are very much appreciated for hatching such a great idea! We look forward to more reports this weekend and next week. I think the project is well received by everyone, lots of media support so far.” -- Betty Abah, CEO CEE-Hope (WLW Nigeria partner)
  • “WikiLovesWomen project is a laudable one for women like me especially who literally live online and creating content. This workshop just gave me a new technical skill and I am glad to be a wikipedian. I learnt to upload pictures on wiki common, edit articles and hope to get my hands on writing for wikipedia Igbo, my beloved language. It is quite time consuming but worth it.” -- Jenny Chisom, Blogger, Blogger-Community Organiser, Editor, Gender harmony advocate
  • It was a great time at the @WikiLovesWomen training. So much impact. Thank you @runciecwc for making this happen #womendevelopment -- PNTouchofHope @casabella, Nigeria 

Cameroun: (quoted from feedback from participants)

  • J'y ai rencontré des gens formidables!! et avides de partager d'intégrer les autres .. Merci à tous -- Marcelle Lassale Ngounou
  • C'était superbe, comme à chaque fois, et nous avons encore décelé de nouvelles problématiques que nous nous attellerons à résoudre, autant que possible -- Paul Emmanuel Ndjeng
  • Belle présentation Georges Fodouop. Merci pour ce wikimoment -- Stéphane Tchaptcha
  • Bravo Georges ! Mais où sont les Feeeemmmmes dans cet auditoire ?Go ahead, don't stop. -- Jacqueline Louviot
  • Création de contenu...!!!  Le top!!!... -- Jessica Eya'ane
  • Hum Georges je ne comprends pas le wiki...là mais du courage. -- Caroline Gnitedem
  • bravo grand.... je partage ce projet avec toi. s'il te plait parle-moi du contenu.j'ai vraiment envie de participer à ce sujet important. -- Frederic Dzoyem
  • Georges Fodouop is coming guys! Attention qualité garantie. -- Laura Maclet
  • Gars du courage t'es un pionnier. -- Bertin Tamla 


  • Dear Rafael, Was nice hearing you to present at the Tech need girls workshop. I like to get in touch and know more about how to be an editor on Wikipedia. -- Rosalin Abigail Kyere-Nartey, Green Growth Tourism Activist and Executive Director, Rosak Consult Limited
  • Hi Raphael, It was a pleasure listening to you today. I am very interested in knowing more about editing for Wikipedia. I have a Facebook page called The Fabulous Woman Network, please check us out when you're able to and let's stay in touch. -- Ama Duncan, The Fabulous Woman, Kumasi 

Côte d’Ivoire:

  • "Je pense que ce sont des rencontres très enrichissantes et formatrices sur l’utilisation de la plateforme Wikipédia." -- N'guessan Koto. After an edit-a-thon organized by Ivory Coast team

“Il s'agissait d'un edit'athon pour récolter des informations pour sourcer les articles sur les femmes dans Wikipedia. Ce fut un moment riche en connaissance. Il en faut de plus en plus pour intéresser les gens au projet. “ -- Carine Famien

Visibility in the media and aligned organisationsEdit

Coverage of Wiki Loves Women Nigeria on German TVEdit

German TV channel, 3sat, covered Wiki Loves Women in Nigeria on the Kulturzeit slot, on International Women's Day, the 8 March 2017.
Access to the video

In February 2017, German journalist Tim Lienhard created a short documentary for German TV station 3sat on the work of Wiki Loves Women in Nigeria. The link to the documentary is here.

Additional coverage:

Couverture média en FrançaisEdit

Coverage in Côte d'Ivoire

Coverage in Cameroon

Links to media coverage in EnglishEdit

Some media coverage is also available on w:en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Wiki Loves Women/News.


Radio Interviews on SAFM, South Africa:


Coverage in Nigeria:

Coverage in Ghana:

Links to media coverage in PortugueseEdit

Other links and resourcesEdit