Wiki Loves Women/2020-2021

Wiki Loves Women

WLW Activities in 2021




What was planned early 2021

For 2021 we had 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.
We decided to focus on the following:
  • 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 to be decided by the small group, prior to the meeting, but could 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.



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

September 2021


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 2021

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 2021

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.

March 2021


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.

WLW Activities in 2020


SheSaid : October-December 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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!!