Gender gap/Resources

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Surveys, reports[edit]


During the 2019–2020 fiscal year, the Wikimedia Foundation awarded 256 grants to mission-aligned organizations and people around the world, totaling $8,473,787. Looking forward, grants are expected to be a primary driver towards Knowledge Equity, notably through the Community Resources' Grants Strategy Relaunch, which aims to align grantmaking with the Strategic Direction and Movement Strategy Recommendations, specifically the recommendation of Ensuring equity in decision-making. The Relaunch includes consultations with the communities to explore the role of the Foundation and of the communities in grant programs and processes, and to discuss equitable allocation of funds. We still have significant progress to make to break down historical structures of power and privilege, and to offer substantial and more equitable funding to grantees in lower- and middle-income countries.

Community Insights 2020 Report

In late 2019, the Global Data & Insights team (formerly Learning & Evaluation) collected data from more than 2500 Wikimedians from all over the world through the Community Insights survey. These data help paint a picture of our Movement's demographics and communities' social and technical experiences. They also tell us whether we are progressing towards the Wikimedia Foundation’s Medium Term Plan goals and the 2030 Strategic Direction.

Gender equity report 2018

In 2017, 65 Wikimedians who lead gender equity projects sat down for interviews with Rosiestep. These conversations explored the unique challenges and successes of their work to advance gender equity on Wikimedia projects. This report provides a succinct overview of what we learned from them.

Community Insights 2018

Fostering learning to improve support to Wikimedia communities. Summary of data from over 4,000 participants who answered 170 survey questions that are focused around our annual goals from 2016–17. These goals related to several themes, some of which relevant to the Gender Gap such as What is the diversity of Wikimedia communities? or What is the current health of Wikimedia communities? Related to community health, are Wikimedia communities inclusive?

Documents, Mapping, Data sources...[edit]

List of proposals for more female editors

Last update 2017. But still worth it.

Wikimedia Gender Gap Observatory

aims to track the presence of women both on the boards and in the leadership of affiliated Wikimedia groups, as well as the main bodies of the movement and the Wikimedia Foundation. The idea is to have a more accurate vision of how many women are taking positions of leadership and thus promote more equity in our movement.

Mind the Gaps (en, fr)

Written for the Wiki Loves Women project by Anthere, spring 2015.

Draft letter(s) for outreach to women friends and networks.

Here is a draft of an email you can adapt to fit your own desires and audience (i.e., age/family status/educational level/etc.). Feel free to tweak this draft. If others have other drafts to offer, create a new dated section and include your signature.

Gender Gap resources

An attempt to create a comprehensive, sortable list of relevant resources. Last update 2014.

Resources for online and offline events, welcoming tools[edit]

(en) Addressing Wikipedias gender gap by WMF

Through the #WikiHerStory initiative, Wikimedia Foundation Communication Team is sharing key facts about the gender gap, projects working to address it, and how you can get involved. Get the facts and resources. How to get involved. Last update 2020.

(en) Wikipedia Workshop for Women

(originated by WikiProject India) suggests workshop content, provides lists of past and upcoming workshops, as well as a list of Wikipedia editors who have conducted and/or will conduct workshops for women interested in editing Wikipedia. Part of Wikipedia Workshop. Last update 2015.

(en) Wikipedia Teahouse

A friendly place that helps new editors become accustomed to Wikipedia culture, ask questions, and develop community relationships. It was especially created with women in mind.

(fr) Organiser un atelier Art+Féminisme

Atelier pratique pour aider toute personne souhaitant organiser un évènement Art+Féminisme.

Tools to analyse and illustrate gaps[edit]


Denelezh provides statistics about the gender gap in the content of Wikimedia projects.

Hay's Tools Directory

A directory of useful Wikimedia-related tools, including tools for metrics and working more efficiently.

Categories, lists and other similar pages[edit]

Category:Gender learning patterns

All gender learning patterns collected over time on meta

Wikimania Women

An historical page meant to coordinate women activities during Wikimania. Could be revived one day...

List of WikiWomen

An historical page where female participants list themselves...

Gender_bias on Commons

Category related to Gender Gap on Wikimedia Commons. Images, presentations, videos, logos and more etc.

For a safe contribution[edit]

Keeping events safe

short, easily accessible summary of some best practices that may be useful when you are organizing an event.

Trust and Safety

Identifies, builds and – as appropriate – staffs processes which keep our users safe.

Support and Safety Training Modules

Support and Safety training modules on outreachdashboard

Anti Harassment Program

Aims to provide safer and more secure spaces on its platform.

Community health initiative

A multi-year project of research, product development, and policy growth to help the Wikimedia volunteer community to reduce the level of harassment and disruptive behavior on our projects. This initiative addresses the major forms of harassment reported on the Wikimedia Foundation’s Research:Harassment survey 2015, which covers a wide range of different behaviors: content vandalism, stalking, name-calling, trolling, doxxing, discrimination, anything that targets individuals for unfair and harmful attention.

Financial support and gender gap related grants[edit]

There are different grant opportunities from the Wikimedia Foundation as well as from other organizations (such as Wikimedia chapters) to fund your project ideas to reduce the gender gap.

Category:Gender gap related grants

List all formerly successful grants asked by groups or individuals from the community to Wikimedia Foundation and other organizations

Rapid Grants

A good place to start (under 2,000 USD and proposals accepted year-round), grants by Wikimedia Foundation.

Project Grant

For larger projects, grants by Wikimedia Foundation

Conference Grants

For in-person regional or thematic events, grants by Wikimedia Foundation.

Grants by other organisations

To Wikimedia volunteers

Related projects in other communities[edit]

Ada Initiative

A non-profit working to increase participation of women in open technology and culture.

Anita Borg Institute

A social enterprise founded on the belief that women are vital to building technology that the world needs.

Open source diversity

Diversity and inclusion in free and open source software communities.


Wikipedia Survey

The Wikimedia community was aware of the gender gap from its earliest days, but the first large-scale study that tried to quantify it was a survey conducted by the United Nations University and published in March 2010.Glott, Ruediger; Schmidt, Philipp; Ghosh, Rishab; et al. (March 2010). "Wikipedia Survey - Overview of Results" (PDF).  However, like all surveys where who responds is self-selected, it was biased towards certain types of demographics, and it gives us only a rough working idea of how big the gender gap is.

Mind the Gap

First attempts to measure the gender gap. We also collected some anecdotal stories about why women leave Wikipedia or never join to begin with, as a way of showing people what the gender gap feels like on a more personal level.

Gender gap stories

Historical collection of anecdotal stories about why women leave Wikipedia or never join to begin with, as a way of showing people what the gender gap feels like on a more personal level.