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WikiProject Wiki Loves Women

DID YOU KNOW... Only 0,318% of all WikiData biographical entries are about African women ? Of all biographical articles of Africans on Wikipedia, only 17.9% are about women.

African Representation on Wikipedia at a Glance

  • There are fewer Africa-based Wikipedians across the entire continent than in Hong Kong alone.
  • African subjects are chronically underrepresented on Wikipedia, and articles relating to African women especially.
  • By 2030, there will be 490 million more people in Africa, each deserving access to free knowledge and representation on Wikipedia.

Freeing access to information on African women
Wiki Loves Women project seeks to fill two major subject gaps – women and Africa – on the free encyclopaedia Wikipedia. These gaps exist both in content on these two themes, but also in terms of participation in the editorial level. Our objective is the fight against the existing inequalities between men and women on the African continent.

How will Wiki Loves Women approach this problem?

  • Following successes in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, and Nigeria, Wiki Loves Women will celebrate women’s achievements in two new African nations: Uganda and Tanzania.
  • Hold Edit-a-thons and other information-contribution events to make African women’s experience more visible.
  • Create and strengthen relationships between gender-focused culture and civil society organisations.
  • Encourage women to be involved as leaders, editors, and partners in documenting their history and experience.
  • Encourage the growth of Wikimedia groups, and ensure that all editors are aware of gender issues and focuses.

The Wiki Loves Women project aims to release and make widely available cultural and educational content on, or related to women, to the general public. The project works with organisations and public institutions to draw their existing information onto Wikipedia, and via this platform be made available to millions of people every day. The Wiki Loves Women project is organized by Wiki In Africa in two countries (Tanzania and Uganda) and supported by Wikimedia Foundation. In 2016-2017 the project was run in collaboration with the Goethe Institute and was active on the ground in four sub-Saharan African countries, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria.


July 2018

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 :

May 2018

WikiGap Harare

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 :

March 2018

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Project Links


The following global partners are signed up to the project:

The country content and network partners include:


Cote d'Ivoire:


  • Hop In Academy
  • Odekro
  • Impact Hub
  • Tech needs girls
  • Open Foundation West Africa
  • Women who code
  • Tedx Spintex Women
  • The Fabulous Women Network
  • Benekie Foundation