Wiki Loves Women launches in Tanzania and Uganda
Wiki In Africa is excited to announce that the Wiki Loves Women project will launch in Tanzania and Uganda in July 2018. This is an exciting progression for the project that was started in 2016 in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria.
Launching in East Africa.
The teams in Tanzania and Uganda are excited to get started! The Tanzania country team is lead by Maryam Mgonja, with support from Iddy Johns and Antoni Mtavangu. In Uganda, the country team is lead by Douglas Ssebaggala, with support from Erina Mukuta, Alice Kibombo, Geoffrey Kateregga, and Steve Bukulu. The country teams are looking forward to partnering with gender-focused civil society organisations. They will be encouraging them to release content about women’s experiences in their countries. The group will also train people in how to contribute information about gender issues. These new Wikipedians will also be celebrating local women on Wikipedia. The project will also include a global WikiData drive towards the end of 2018. In addition, it will release Wiki Loves Women Event Toolkits to facilitate other volunteer groups or organisations that wish to hold contribution events wherever they are. Learn more about the project in this video.
The work that was started in 2016 in the four West African countries continues in each country. This legacy is possible due to the dedication of the Wikimedia Usergroups and the civil society project partners.
Read more on Wiki Loves Women blog : http://www.wikiloveswomen.org/2018/05/02/wikigap-harare-supported-wiki-loves-women/
To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2018, Wikimedia Sweden and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in support the Swedish Government’s Feminist Foreign Policy facilitated WikiGap events in collaboration with Swedish Embassy’s around the world. More than 50 countries took part in WikiGap with over 1600 participants and more than 2,000 articles about notable women were added or improved.
Countries across Africa were excited to hold WikiGap events, however not all of these countries have Wikimedia groups or activities to support these events. One such country was Zimbabwe. To make the event happen, Martin Larsen, communications officer at the Swedish Embassy in Harare, liaised with Wiki Loves Women’s Isla Haddow-Flood.
Read full report here : http://www.wikiloveswomen.org/2018/05/02/wikigap-harare-supported-wiki-loves-women/