Gender gap strategy

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Wikimedia's gender gap has been well-documented and increasing diversity is an area of concern for the Wikimedia movement. Our aim here is to build a collective and coherent strategy for addressing the gender gap as a movement.

This page builds on several strategic meetings:

  • In July 2013, a small group of WMF staff and volunteers met in San Francisco to brainstorm and prioritize ideas for addressing the gender gap.
  • In November 2013, a larger group of volunteers convened in Berlin for Diversity Conference, and generated a roundup of best practices and ideas.
  • In August 2014, a Gender Gap strategy workshop was held at Wikimania. This workshop was hosted by 2 Wikipedians and 3 WMF staffers, and attended by ~40 Wikimedians. Workshop participants took the list of top ideas from both 2013 events, and prioritized them into key initiatives to focus on. This page lists the top 7 key initiatives that attendees agreed they would like to prioritize and work on.



Get involved![edit]

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A movement-wide gender gap strategy needs your help to improve and shape future priorities as well as execute on the initiatives that have been prioritized so far.

Ways to get involved:

  • Sign up for a team and start collaborating on a project
  • Sign up to lead a team and start planning and coordinating
  • Add more ideas if you feel something is missing, or give feedback on existing ideas on the talk page
  • Share this page with your fellow Wikimedians, friends, and colleagues!


Initiative 1: Thematic edit-a-thons[edit]

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Planning page : Thematic edit-a-thons
Organize edit-a-thon series based around women-specific content and reach out to women for participation.

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Initiative 2: Toolkits[edit]

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Planning Page: Toolkits
Better tools to talk about the gender gap.

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Initiative 3: More friendly-space policies[edit]

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Planning Page: Friendly spaces
Ensure there are friendly-space policies for all Wikimedia spaces and that those policies are enforced.

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  • add your project here!

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Initiative 4: Gender gap grants campaign[edit]

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Planning Page: Gender gap grants campaign
Run an "Inspire Grants" campaign to proactively solicit grant requests addressing the gender gap.

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Initiative 5: Conferences and meetups[edit]

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Planning Page: Conferences and meetups
More conferences and meetings focused on diversity and women-specific issues.

Projects[edit]

  • The women month- WMAR (being planed with UNESCO and other women organization. The activities will take part during March)

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