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WikiProject Wiki Loves Women

Did you know that only 0.318% of all Wikidata biographical entries are about African women? Furthermore, of all biographies about African people 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

The Wiki Loves Women poster launched at Wikimania 2018.

WikiProject Wiki Loves Women 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 West African countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria.

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February 2019

Wiki Loves Women WOUGNET

Women of Uganda Network

Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) hosted the Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda for an event at their offices in Kalabagala. It was a very engaging and fun edit-a-thon where we contributed to creating articles on notable women in activism, politics and civil service; the drafts were saved and we all agreed to do more in-depth research on the notable women during the course of the week to improve the articles.

Uganda Wiki-Translate (7th event)

A group of Young students at Makerere University Studying Luganda in the department of Languages came together to honor our invitation to hold a translator-thon. We introduced them to the Special:Content Translation tool. The students took to the tool and the translation was a success. The general feeling was that it was much easier translating online with that tool than going offline to translate content in word documents

Wiki loves women Ugandan Journalist (6th Event)

In conjunction with High sound Uganda, Wikimedia user group hosted an event that brought together journalist from both print and broadcast media. It was an intense editor-thon where we focused on contributing to the list of notable women in journalism and then finally had an editor-thon where everyone created a draft of a notable woman in Uganda.

January 2019

Report from WikiData Cinema/Women drive

In October, we launched our Women occupation label drive.

WikiData (which feeds many Wikipedia articles) hosts a huge list of professional occupation entries... in English. First, those are rarely translated in African languages. Second, in many languages, the word to describe a professional occupation is different for male and for female... So our call was simple... we wanted to get many occupation labels translated in various languages and we would like to have both male and female form available (when relevant). For this, we joined the Wikipedia:WikiProject AfroCine/Months of African Cinema, which run in October and November 2018, and proposed a list of cinema related labels to translate and improve. Outcome was excellent in some languages (such as in Igbo or Swahili, more limited in others (such as in Yoruba), and unfortunately no labels were added in some languages (eg, Lingala, Shona etc.)

Full process and report available here :

Wikieditors vs Notable Women - 26th January 2019 (7th Event)

The event brought together Tanzanian Wikimedians and some of the Tanzanian notable women.These notable were given some time to give brief presentation on themselves and shared their opinions on how we can overcome the challenge of "Lack reliable referencing materials to write about Women in Tanzania". One of the many suggested ways was to wide spread the knowledge to Tanzanian women on importance of finding some ways to document what they do such as working closely to journalists.

Wikicommons Editathon - 12nd January 2019 (6th Event)

Wiki Loves Women-Tanzania

This was the first Wiki Loves Women event in Tanzania for the year 2019 and the Sixth event since the Launching of Wiki Loves Women project in Tanzania on 2018.This event was focused on going deep on Wikicommons including how to upload files such as photos in it. Part of the this event was to prepare the Tanzanian Wikimedians for the upcoming Wiki Loves Africa 2019.Finally the the participants had a time for hands on step-by-step practice on how to upload photos in Wikicommons.

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December 2018

Wiki Loves Women Ugandan Bloggers- Uganda 15th December

Uganda Blogging Community

This was event was done in collaboration with the Ugandan Bloggers.We started off with Introductions to Wikimedia projects and creation of accounts.It was then followed by an introduction to editing through creating user pages. We have a target list of women to document and we started our second session by building on the list and then selecting our target articles. We worked in draft space and created eight drafts and moved three articles to main space.

Wiki Loves Women Workshop and Editathon - Tanzania 15th December (5th Event)

Tanzanian_Wikimedians at Wiki Loves Women on Dec 15th, 2018

The event was designed to have two parts / phase, with a main focus of running a workshop focused on training volunteers and editors both new and past, by adding value to their editing skills. The second phase was focusing on keeping writing about notable women, where by we looked into past published women articles on Wikipedia under Wiki Loves Women and refining them. This is our fifth and last event in Tanzania, due to coming holidays, other event will start from second week of January. On this event about 8 new articles were made, and 13 old articles were edited with a total of 70 edits from 35 participants, this event was held at Buni Innovation Space, Dar es salaam Tanzania.

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Tanzanian Women in Wikidata and Cinema-I 1st December 2018 (4th Event)

Editors at work creating articles on Women related to Cinema

Second event on Wiki Women in Data and Cinema, this was the continuation of creating Women Swahili Wikipedia biographies relating to Cinema. Also improvement of WikiData occupation labels by translating the Wikidata cinema related labels from English to Swahili. This event was designed to support Wikipedia:WikiProject AfroCine/Months of African Cinema in Swahili. The event was held on 1st of December 2018, about 41 articles of women in cinema were created, and 71 articles were edited with total edits of 230 from at least 23 registered Editors.

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November 2018

Tanzanian Women in Wikidata and Cinema 17th Nov 2018 (3rd Event)

Women in Cinema and Astronomy

Introduction to Tanzanian Women in Wikidata and Cinema is the third event that was held on on 17th of November at Seed Space. The event was focusing on training and sharing knowledge on what is Wikidata, how Wikidata works and how it can be used in line with Swahili articles.Also this event was designed to introduce ongoing African project whereby some of the wikidata english labels related to Cinema was translated into Swahili.

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October 2018

Launch of our Women occupation label drive

WikiData (which feeds many Wikipedia articles) hosts a huge list of professional occupation entries... in English. First, those are rarely translated in African languages. Second, in many languages, the word to describe a professional occupation is different for male and for female... So our call is simple... we would like to get many occupation labels translated in various languages and we would like to have both male and female form available (when relevant). For this, we have joined the Wikipedia:WikiProject AfroCine/Months of African Cinema, which runs in October and November 2018, and propose a list of cinema related labels to translate and improve. It is really not difficult to do and your knowledge of a local language is essential. START HERE.

Wikidata in Mbarara - Uganda

Wiki Loves Women in Mbarara 10

The wikimedia community user group Uganda hosted a wikidata event in Mbarara in partnership with Hive colab. It started of with account creation and a tutorial on how to edit on wikidata. The afternoon was a hands on editing session and a concluding remarks. The events attracted 14 new editors who made over 400 edits.

Wiki Loves Women Tanzania Women in Politics 20th Oct 2018 (2nd Event)

Editors at work WLW 2nd Event-Tanzania

This was the second Wiki Loves Women event in Tanzania. This event was focusing on writing all about women's in politics in Tanzania, the event was done on 20th of October and about 15 editors participated where by about 22 articles of women were created, and 24 articles were edited with total edits of 71.

The event was again held at Seed Space and this time Seed Space hosted as a partner, due to a relationship we have started building between our team and Seed Space managers.

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September 2018

Women In Technology Uganda

Wiki Loves Women 2018 event at Women in Technology Uganda 09

The wikimedia community User group Uganda carried out a one day training workshop for the staff of women in technology Uganda. The training included introduction to the wikimedia foundation and the different projects there with in. We had a hands on session on how to edit Wikipedia and then worked on the list of prominent women in technology. We concluded our day by writing up draft articles about these women suggested and one was moved to the main space. The lady who created the best article was awarded a wiki loves women t-shirt.

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Wiki Loves Women Launch 08th September 2018 Tanzania (1st Event)

Tanzanian Wikimedians Group photo after successifully launch of Wiki Loves Women in Tanzania

Wiki Loves Women 2018 Launch was the first event which was done on 08th September 2018. This event awareness was early been announced though Wiki Tanzania Community User group social media channels including WhatsApp group where most of members are active.

The goal was to explain to the audience and volunteers participated about Wiki Loves Women project in Tanzania and its goals and what will be done on each event. This event was able to pull out atleast 40 people including organizers and volunteers. About 33 articles of women were created, and 47 articles were edited with total edits of 220.

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Launch of new Facebook group

A dedicated Facebook group Mind the Gender Gap in Africa has been launched. It is meant to share and discuss issues related to the Gender Gap in Africa and its representation in Wikimedia projects (in particular Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and WikiData). If interested, please join !

August 2018


WikiGoesACCT – August 2018 (202)

The wikimedia community user group Uganda in conjunction with User:Zenith4237 had a three day conference at the African college of commerce and technology. This involved Introduction to wikimedia and related projects, training on wiki syntax, Creation of articles, Photo hunt and an uploading session:More info

July 2018

Wiki Loves Women at Wikimania Cape Town

The team meeting in 3-D in Cape Town at Wikimania.

Wikimania 2018 was held in Cape Town towards the end of July. At the event, Wiki Loves Women presented at the poster session. It also provided the perfect opportunity for Erina, Iddy and Douglas to meet and chat with Florence and Isla about what was expected over the course of the next 6 months.

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.

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May 2018

WikiGap Harare

The WikiGap event in 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.

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March 2018

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