Gender gap India work plan

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This is a draft work plan-cum-policy document for 2013-14 for the Gender gap project in India. It is open for discussion, expansion, revision, and improvement. Please place your comments and suggestions on the Discussion page. This page will be updated as the discussion progresses. This plan is common to English and Indic languages. If additional requirements for Indic languages come up, a separate section for them will be added. - Rohini (talk) 14:48, 22 September 2013 (UTC)[reply]

I have used "women" as an umbrella term for all the genders included in Gender gap in order to maintain brevity. -- Rohini (talk) 06:34, 27 September 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Proposed outreach activities[edit]

Beginners’ workshop: For women who have a little or no experience in editing Wikipedia.

Targeted workshops (students of a particular institution, bloggers etc): According to research and my own experience and observations, some groups will yield better editor recruitment and retention than others. Women bloggers have the best known conversion rate to Wikipedia editors. Targeting women technologists, IT professionals and IT students, and women in social media can also be tried.

Workshop targetting students of Women's Studies: To be hosted at WS Centres at select educational institutions such as Advanced Centre for Women's Studies at TISS Mumbai, Women's Studies Centre at University of Pune, JNU Women's Studies Centre, and School of Women's Studies at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. - Tniranjana (talk) 09:14, 30 September 2013 (UTC)Tniranjana[reply]

Advanced workshops: From our own experience of the Workshop for Women held in Mumbai (November 2012), a basic workshop is inadequate. It is essential to sustain outreach efforts while there is still interest in attending a follow-up activity in order to ensure editor quality and retention.

Syllabus for advanced workshops for women[edit]

  • Did You Know (DYK), Good article, Featured article, Article assessment, Geotagging, WikiBooks, Barnstars, Wikimedia Commons, Teahouse, Citation templates, WikiWomen's Collaborative, Project Gender gap.
  • At the beginning, include a small refresher of the basic workshop.
  • Discussion of specific challenges in relation to gender sensitivity in the digital domain. - Tniranjana (talk) 10:27, 30 September 2013 (UTC)Tniranjana[reply]
  • Include a questions-answers session longer than the basic workshops and devote more time for discussion on policies.

Cities and Points of contact[edit]

List of cities where volunteers are interested in undertaking Gender gap activities. One or two people of any gender are requested to sign up as the point of contact and coordination. - Rohini (talk) 15:11, 22 September 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Proposed workshops by city[edit]

Please add the cities where you can take up activities.


  • Workshop targeting bloggers: I am in talks with my own network of women bloggers in Mumbai. A date for the workshop will be fixed based on their availability and number of volunteers available. If anybody else is willing to rope in Mumbai bloggers, please contact me. If this workshop works out, it can be replicated in other cities. - Rohini (talk) 15:21, 22 September 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  • I suggest the other cities take up at least a beginner-level editing workshop. - Rohini (talk)


  • Basic workshop at Women's Arts Colleges: No date has been set yet. Expecting to conduct a workshop within this month end - Nappinnai (talk)
    • A workshop has been conducted .Detailed report is available in here .
  • Workshop targeting IT Women Employees: We are trying to get contacts with women groups working in IT sector. Nappinnai (talk)
  • Other Targets: Workshops will be taken forward to others like Women academicians, Bloggers, Journalists, doctors, lawyers.Nappinnai (talk)
  • Tamil Wikipedia: In all the workshops a separate slot to promote editing in regional languages like tamil will be done.Nappinnai (talk)
  • Advanced workshop: Women Issue based workshop will be conducted. Making women get exposure to photography and wiki commons contributions. Nappinnai (talk)
  • Workshops for transgenders:Getting in touch with prominent transgender activists and holding a session for them with their contacts.Commons sibi (talk)


  • One or more edit-a-thons are conducted every year in March for Women's History Month and International Women's Day.
  • The 'Lilavati's Daughters' edit-a-thon is already underway in a few Indian languages. One needs to be scheduled for English Wikipedia. Further discussion here.
  • Rope in libraries, archives, and other institutions and organisations that could provide content for running online or offline edit-a-thons on topics of interest or importance to women. (Intersection of GLAM and Gender gap)

Institutional partnerships[edit]

Collaborate with women's colleges and departments of gender studies to hold outreach events, edit-a-thons, and editing contests. Suggest that they use their resources to expand, create, or translate women's biographies.


In order to gauge the impact and success of outreach activities, participants will be surveyed 2 to 3 months from the day(s) of the workshop. A questionnaire is available here. The questionnaire can be modified or expanded to include a gendered perspective.

How else would you suggest we evaluate the success and impact of our Gender gap activities?

Here is a program evaluation case study from two WikiWomen's edit-a-thons, one of which was held in the WikiWomen's History Month:

Women and gender issues task force[edit]

The aim of this task force of WikiProject India is to standardise and improve articles related to women and gender issues in India, as well as to create new articles. The task force lacks a volunteer coordinator and only 7 members have signed up since February 2012. Further discussion on the task force's Discussion page.

List of articles:

Women/ Gender projects in Indian languages:

Marathi Wikipedia[edit]

महिला प्रकल्प

स्त्री अभ्यास प्रकल्प

Creation of Gender gap India mailing list[edit]

Wikipedians of any gender, sign up here if you are willing to administrate the list.

Creation of WikiWomen's Collaborative India Facebook group[edit]

On the lines of the WikiWomen's Collaborative:

Closed or Secret group preferred. Sign up here if you are willing to act as an admin. (women only)

--Krutikaa (talk) 08:32, 25 September 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Group created: -- Rohini (talk) 15:24, 6 October 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Creation of communication and outreach material[edit]

  1. Shoot and upload videos of:
(a) Participants of outreach events: Their feedback of the event. Why do they want to edit? What are the topics they plan to edit? Name one new and/ or significant thing learnt, etc. Those who have already tried their hands at editing, how did they benefit from the workshop?
(b) Women Wikimedians from India: What makes them edit? Their advice to newbie women editors. What do they like most about contributing to Wikimedia projects or participating in Wiki activities in general? What are their areas of interest in editing?
  1. A document/ flyer with all the useful links: WikiWomen's Collaborative page, the local Facebook page, Bookshelf on the Wikimedia outreach website, Local mailing list, Gender gap mailing lists, Gender Gap project on Meta, What is the Wikimedia India chapter, How to become a Chapter member, Gender gap SIG Chair contact. This will be given to all participants in all outreach activities in a hard or soft copy.


Foreseeable expenditure for outreach activities: Wi-Fi, refreshments/ food; creating, uploading, and making copies of the above communication and outreach material. Travel and accommodation in case a woman Wikimedian needs to travel long distance for lack of volunteers or lack of women volunteers.

Merchandise: WikiWomen's Collaboration stickers, badges, and tee shirts.

Long term goals[edit]

  • WikiWomen's Conference India, Indian WikiWomen Camp, or Diversity Conference

See also[edit]

Gender gap strategy 2013: It has ideas and insights we could use to revise parts of this work plan. It recognises and addresses some of the challenges this plan is aimed at. E.g., "One-time events, edit-a-thons to recruit new editors...generally only 5-30 people come, they don't scale very well and few new women are retained after the event."