Wikipedia:Wikipedia Workshop for Women in Mumbai

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Summary[edit]

The Wikipedia Workshop for Women aims to equip its participants with the rudiments of contributing to Wikipedia, and to introduce Wikipedia as an encyclopaedia and a concept to them. The workshop is free of cost and open to all women.

About the workshop[edit]

The day-long workshop intends to address the difficulties and challenges faced by women while contributing to Wikipedia and editing its pages. Participants will interact with women Wikipedians. This will provide them an opportunity to learn about Wikipedia in a bias-free, women-only environment.

Wikipedia has become an invaluable destination for millions of Internet users seeking information. However, only a small fraction of Wikipedia’s legion of volunteer editors is female. The large gender gap among editors reflects the gender-oriented disparity in the content of Wikipedia’s articles. This workshop, which will be the first of its kind in Mumbai, would address this concern, and also mark the start of a series of such workshops and women-centric training sessions.

Important information[edit]

  • As the workshop involves hands-on learning about making contributions to and editing Wikipedia, participants are required to carry a mobile device (laptop, netbook, or tablet).
  • We are using the English-language Wikipedia to instruct participants. Before attending the workshop, register on Wikipedia using the Create account link, if you don't have an account already.
  • The venue has free Wi-Fi.
  • Lunch is on us.

Date and Venue[edit]

Getting there[edit]

From Wadala[edit]

From Dadar[edit]

Schedule[edit]

  • Session 1: Introduction of all organisers and participants
  • Session 2: Participants split into groups
  • Session 3: Hands-on editing by participants
  • Session 4: 'Why edit Wikipedia?'
  • Session 5: 'Adding references to Wikipedia articles'
  • Session 6: The concept and practice of 'Notability' in Wikipedia
  • Session 7: 'Facts about Wikipedia'
  • Lunch break
  • Session 8: Session on the Wikimedia Commons
  • Session 9: Hands-on session on 'Uploading photos to the Commons' (Group activity)
  • Session 10: Quiz time
  • Session 11: Women Wikipedians share their experiences

Head home and edit Wikipedia!

Report[edit]

A day well spent

Group photo of participants with volunteers

The Wikipedia Workshop for women, held on November 4, 2012 at Vidyalankar Institute of Technology (VIT), Wadala, was indeed a success.

The Wikipedians people who volunteered to organise the workshop are Aditi Juneja, Anshuman Fotedar, Bishakha Datta, Harriet Vidyasagar, Karthik Nadar, Krutikaa Jawanjal, Moksh Juneja, Netha Hussain, Netra Parikh, Nikita Belavate, Noopur Raval, Pradeep Mohandas, Pranav Curumsey, Rohini Lakshane. All discussions and planning done while organizing this workshop for women paid off. More than 70 women participants attended the workshop.

The workshop started with a short introduction after which the participants promptly moved on to learning how to edit Wikipedia which was though by the present on ground volunteers. The participants were divided in groups and every group had to create a new article which wasn't already available on Wikipedia. In the process, women interacted with the volunteers, asked question regarding Wikipedia. Every group at least had added introduction to the new article.

Having done with the basic editing, a general presentation on Wikipedia was given by some of the volunteers. This was followed by question and answers regarding the same. By this time, it was already 1.30pm, so the lunch was announced. After having lunch, the participants got back to their seats. Pretty much everybody stayed back post lunch. Moksh continued with teaching how to edit Wikipedia. This time it wasn't it in groups though. "References" and "Notability" were the main topics that were covered in this session.

Anshuman and Karthik then proceeded with teaching photo uploads on Wikipedia. Quiz was conducted towards the end and Wikipedia-Tshirts were given as prizes for giving right answers. Karthik, then also showcased the winning images of Wiki Loves Momunents 2012 India. The long day came to an end with an overwhelming response and a call for organizing many such activities. The feedback received was positive. The participants enjoyed the workshop.

We are thankful to everybody who made this event a great one. Thanks to all the volunteers. Special thanks to Moksh and Karthik who went out of the way to get everything arranged before hand at the venue, to Netha and Noopur for making it to the workshop and for working hand in hand with the Mumbai Community, to Srikanth Ramakrishnan who constantly stayed in touch for online help.

Special thanks to whole Vidyalankar team. Vishwas Deshpande, Founder of Vidyalankar, who gave us an opportunity to to do the Mumbai's first Wiki Workshop for Women at Vidyalankar. Milind Tadvalkar (Director) and Seema Shah (Principal), Jayprakash Kurmi and Vivek and the complete IT Team at VIT, Mahesh from Canteen for an awesome Pav Bhaji for Lunch. Another thanks to Netra Parikh, for giving us enough place at her office, Pinstorm, for all out pre-meetings. Thanks to all.

Participants[edit]

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  1. Vaishnavi sawant
  2. Alaka Vasant Kumar
  3. Sarmistha Neogy
  4. Priyal Thakkar
  5. Himani Chandra
  6. Priya Singh
  7. Neha Singh
  8. Urmi Sharma
  9. Saswati
  10. Sunita Jha
  11. Shweta Kumar
  12. Arundhati Pol
  13. Vasudha Patil
  14. Gargi Keluskar
  15. Harinivaidyanath (talk)harinivaidyanath
  16. Parinita Kothari
  17. Nidhi Chopra
  18. Noopur28
  19. Nikita Belavate
  20. Harriet Vidyasagar
  21. Vijayam Raghunathan
  22. Mayuri Naik
  23. Krutikaa
  24. Roopa Barua
  25. Aditi Juneja
  26. Netra Parikh
  27. Charmy
  28. Bishakha
  29. Rohini
  30. Netha
  31. Preeti Mittal
  32. Bhawana sahu
  33. Rekha Navin
  34. Keyuree Dave
  35. Suchita Shetty
  36. Janshay (talk)Janshay
  37. Shashikala
  38. Supriya Thigale
  39. Tanupareek (talk) tanupareek
  40. Bandna Kalra
  41. Silkesha Thigale
  42. Sangeetha
  43. Dhanashree1411
  44. Jehnavi
  45. Vandana Srivastawa
  46. Shweta Mishra
  47. Kashbi Patel
  48. Afsha Walele
  49. Anandita Rao
  50. Komal.satpute22 (talk)Komal.satpute22
  51. Ankita Chaurasia
  52. Sourendra Kumar Das (sourendra.das@gmail.com)
  53. Natasha Bhavnani
  54. Aanchal Arundati
  55. Urbashi
  56. Seena Prashanth
  57. Dini Herill
  58. Kiran Chawla
  59. Anshu Tanwani
  60. Mansi Joshi
  61. Shrutika Singh
  62. Shilpa Mazumder
  63. sIKU
  64. Sonal Kamble
  65. Swaneet Bhatia Arora
  66. Sheereen Joshi
  67. Prerna
  68. Rajni Chaudhary
  69. Sangeetha Ail
  70. Tanvi Mhatre
  71. Boo Iyer (talk)Boo Iyer
  72. Tulika Dutta
  73. Ruchi Patel
  74. Snehal
  75. Bhavika
  76. Manisha Barve
  77. Namrata Soni
  78. Gouri Chandavarkar
  79. Reshmi Pillai Menon
  80. Kruttika Pokale
  81. Priyanka Hodavdekar
  82. Mahafreed
  83. Urooj Kazi (talk) Urooj Kazi
  84. Ashalataa
  85. Akanksha Nehra
  86. Richa Dubey
  87. Madhavi Kunte
  88. Namita Dube
  89. Pramita Dubey
  90. Vishesh Dube
  91. Geeta Dube
  92. Yogita Kukreja
  93. Shital Shekde
  94. Shubhii Kushwaha
  95. Sudha Radhakrishnan
  96. Amrita upadhyay
  97. Sailee Paralkar User:Sailee5
  98. Shilpa Gaikwad
  99. KavitaSheregar
  100. Dianne Earl
  101. dhanashree JInde (dhan99)
  102. asha karande
  103. Suchita Jain
  104. Sumita Jain
  105. Bharathy Acharya [User: AngelBharathy]
  106. Patil Dipali
  107. Neha Jha
  108. Priya Kumbre

Interested but not sure[edit]

  1. Pooja Lapasia
  2. Nidhi Mahajan
  3. Sonu Mewada
  4. Arundhati Pol
  5. Shweta
  6. Shweta Kumar
  7. Nikita Talreja
  8. Pallavi Pareek
  9. Chitra Natarajan
  10. Asi87
  11. Hiba Rizvi
  12. Jyotsna
  13. Ddyondi (talk)
  14. Ketaki Pole
  15. Krishna Bhaya
  16. Neha Malhotra [Bangalore $]
  17. Pratima
  18. Smita Menon
  19. Nikita Nathani
  20. Sumitra Chatterjee
  21. Radha Satam
  22. Sheetal Sawhney
  23. Dipali belvankar
  24. Preeti R Mishra
  25. Betty Kent
  26. Ananthiedits
  27. Arti Ganesh
  28. Pia Sengupta
  29. Nishita Khanna Saxena
  30. Darshi Chovatia
  31. Deepali
  32. Suchita
  33. Radhika
  34. Divya
  35. Beenu goyal
  36. Pavithra K
  37. RohiniJ
  38. Chandita Mukherjee
  39. Pallavi Grover
  40. Divya Thabitha Doppala
  41. P Aravinda
  42. Chamanjit Mangat
  43. Challa Sindhu
  44. G Vijaya Swati
  45. Humanaaz
  46. Preeti Swaminathan
  47. Reena Chakalakal
  48. Siddhika Rane
  49. Sharmistha Singh
  50. Abha Mishra
  51. Anuja Shenoy
  52. Juhi Jain
  53. Maansi Parpiani
  54. Manashree Jani
  55. Akriti Tokse
  56. Sneha Menon

Best Wishes[edit]

  1. According to estimates 80-90% of all editors are men. I had posted a note of concern on this matter on the Choupal of the Hindi Wikipedia during the occasion of Raksha Bandhan sometime back. I see this event as the materialisation of my long cherished desire. Hence I strongly support the event and convey my best wishes for its success. Hindustanilanguage (talk) 05:33, 30 October 2012 (UTC).
  2. As a long time supporter of the movement, I'd love to help in whatever way I can. I hope this event is highly successful and we can get more women editors. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 12:47, 30 October 2012 (UTC)
  3. Hope to see this kind of event across county. KuwarOnline Talk 18:23, 30 October 2012 (UTC)
  4. Best Wishes. --Anupmehra 20:54, 30 October 2012 (UTC)Anupmehra talk
  5. Can't wait to read the minutes and hear how it goes! Wonderful initiative! Jwild (talk) 16:50, 1 November 2012 (UTC)
  6. WOW! 100 plus registrations. This is going to be an incredible workshop! Congratulations to everyone! A mailing list would perhaps help connect these new wikipedians. Best wishes! Arunram (talk) 07:57, 3 November 2012 (UTC)

Share your experiences![edit]

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  • It was a very wonderful experience. we got a lot knowledge & info about Wikipedia. Thanx to all! - Sailee Paralkar (User : Sailee5)
  • It was very wonderful experiences. Thanks for giving information of wikipedia. Juhi Tejwani

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