The Women You Have Never Met

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Editing contest
The Women You Have Never Met 2017


From March 4 to April 9, 2017, the Iberocoop network is holding an editing contest titled The Women You Have Never Met . This initiative, taking place during Women's History Month and supported by the Iberocoop network, was first organized in 2015 and 2016 with a total of 1,700 articles edited.

But for the 2017 edition, We want the proposal to go global!


We want to invite all Wikimedia user groups and chapters to join the contest, with the primary objective to improve women's content on Wikipedia, taking quality into account.

Are you getting interested?

Contest objectives[edit]

The contest has clearly defined its objectives as follows:

  • Improving content on Wikipedia related to women. We understand this also as all content related to women's organizations and feminist movements that might help the academic construction of feminism on Wikipedia.
  • Improving the quality of Wikipedia by incorporating gender perspective. The purpose of Wikipedia should not be just how much new knowledge we make accessible, but how. The gender gap is present in Wikipedia, which in many cases reproduces sexist patterns. Reproducing these patterns settles them into the thousands of users of the project.


How to edit including the gender perspective in Wikipedia?[edit]

During the last two years, the Iberocoop network has been organizing this contest. Beyond the quantity of new articles created, we have been working on increasing the quality of new articles added. In this sense, Iberocoop has set a few gender indicators to establish a greater gender perspective in the Spanish Wikipedia. These can be summed up as follows:

  • Title: name the woman by her first name and last name. Avoid the married name if she is known professionally by her maiden name.
  • Avoid defining women compared to men: the reference as a woman, being a wife or daughter should appear in the section of her biography, never in the introduction. The introduction in the articles should describe the contributions, activities and professional achievements avoiding to mention her gender or marital status.
  • Avoid using the term "wife of" and introduce concepts such as "husband and wife", "companion and companion" etc. According to the circumstances. We can say, for example, that "the woman is married to" rather than using the term "woman of".
  • Avoid the use of the term "female" in the description of the woman. It is not necessary to say "woman writer" when "writer" already includes gender.
  • Avoid using diminutives such as "Amalita" or "Anita". We name women by their last name as in the biographies of men.
  • In articles, avoid using images of her husband, father, or family, unless it is strictly necessary and adds quality to the article. These images do not represent the singularity of the woman and do not add quality information to the article.

However, not all the Wikipedias follow the same editing rules. Including the gender perspective, then, differs depending on the language. Next, you can add those issues that you consider necessary to include the gender perspective in the different Wikipedias, as follows: Symbol wait.svg Doing...

English Wikipedia[edit]

  • Title: name women by their current or final professional names. Avoid their married names if they are known professionally by their maiden names.
  • Avoid defining women compared to men: referencing them as wives and daughters should only occur in the biography section and be worded the same way it is worded with men, rather than being in the lead. The lead should describe their contributions, activities and professional achievements, avoiding to mention their gender or marital status.
  • Avoid using the term "the wife of" and introduce concepts such as "husband and wife," "partners" or "companions" etc. where applicable. We can say, for example, that "she is married to" rather than using the term "she is the wife of."
  • Avoid gender-specific terms in the description of the woman's profession or trade. It is not necessary to say "woman writer" or "poetess" when her gender will be indicated in various other ways, such as pronouns.
  • Avoid using diminutives such as "Annie" or "Becky" unless these are part of her professional name, in which case they usually need not appear outside the lead. Throughout the article, apart from the lead, name women by their professional last name as is done in the biographies of men.
  • In articles, avoid using images of husbands, fathers, or family, unless it is strictly necessary and adds quality to the article. These images generally ignore women's individuality without adding important information to the article.

What do organizers bring?[edit]

At the global level, the Iberocoop network is responsible for:

  • Get the distinctive logo of the project for 2017
  • Coordinate the work and the preparation of the proposal in the different contexts with the local organizations
  • Be the contact point to any questions about the contest
  • Organize a jury at the international level
  • Awards at the international level

At the local level, local organizing entities undertake:

  • Organize a page on Wikipedia or any other Wikimedia project they consider to place the contest
  • Address the doubts of your local community
  • Organize a jury to review the articles edited at the local level
  • Prizes at the local level
  • Represent the proposal locally

How to participate?[edit]

It's very easy!
We are looking for leaders of the initiative at the international level, with the aim of organizing the contest in each local context. To do this, add in the corresponding place your name, organization, contact information and location so that we can contact you. The objective is to have at least one person leading the proposal for each country interested in being part of it.

Central America[edit]

Central America Place Organization User name Contact

South America[edit]

South America Place Organization User name Contact
Anna Torres Adell Argentina Wikimedia Argentina Anna Torres (WMAR) de@wikimedia.org.ar
Dennis Tobar Chile Wikimedia Chile Superzerocool dennis.tobar@wikimediachile.cl
Olga Lidia Bolivia Wikimedia Bolivia Calei olga.lidi@gmail.com
Johnattan Rupire Perú Wikimedistas de Perú Txolo johnarupire@comunes.org
Oscar Costero Venezuela Wikimedia Venezuela Oscar . oscar@wikimedia.org.ve
Edgar Rosero Villacís Ecuador Wikimedistas de Ecuador Edjoerv ejroserov3@gmail.com

North America[edit]

North America Place Organization User name Contact
Kevin Li Iowa Wikimedians of Iowa User Group L235 l235-at-l235.net
Barbara Page
Visiting Scholar with
the University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh
Library System
Barbara (WVS)

Africa[edit]

Africa Place Organization User name Contact
Yakubu Ishaku Port-Harcourt, Nigeria Afrilancers Yakubuwiki (talk) yakubui@live.com
Asmae Daoudi Tetouan, Morocco Wikimedia Morocco Asmitta asmae.daoudi09@gmail.com
Douglas Scott Cape Town, South Africa Wikimedia South Africa Discott douglas.i.scott@gmail.com

Asia[edit]

Asia Place Organization User name Contact
Elisa Chang Bangalore, India Centre for Internet and Society Elisachang (talk) tingyi@cis-india.org
Mohit Kumar Yadav Bewar, India Khooja Mohit kumar yadav mohitkumaryadav@outlook.com
Shrinivas Govindrao Kulkarni Maharashtra, india Wikimedians from india shrinivaskulkarni1388 shrinivaskulkarni1388@gmail.com
Ankit Shukla Gujarat, india Wikimedians from india ankit.shukal ankit.shukal@gmail.com
Nabin Sapkota Kathmandu, Nepal Wikimedians of Nepal Nabin K. Sapkota nboycreationnepal@gmail.com
Sapat Chaudhary Lahan, Nepal Wikimedians of Nepal Shapat Sapatchaudhary21@gmail.com
Sailesh Patnaik Bhubaneswar, India Centre for Internet and Society Saileshpat (talk) sailesh.patnaik007@gmail.com
In Mean Phnom Penh, Cambodia Cambodia Computer Society In Mean inmean@gmail.com
Suyash Dwivedi Bhopal, India Wikimedians from India Suyash Dwivedi suyash.tps@gmail.com
Rahul Jha Delhi, india Wikipedian from India ynaps (talk) iamrahulkumar001@gmail.com
Asad Jogi Hyderabad, Pakistan Wikipedian from Pakistan Jogi don (talk) jogiasad.sdwiki@gmail.com
Darafsh Iran Iranian Wikimedians User Group Darafsh Darafsh_Wiki@hotmail.com
Wisal Ahmad Buner,KPK, Pakistan Pakistani Wikipedian Wisalahmad523 (talk) wisal.ahmad@dr.com
Michal Lester Israel Wikimedia Israel Lester mlester@wikimedia.org.il
Liliia Musina Bashkortostan Wikimedians of Bashkortostan User Group user:Лилиә mirzakizi@mail.ru
Athikhun Suwannakhan Bangkok, Thailand Wikimedians in Thailand user:Athikhun.suw athikhun.suw@student.mahidol.edu

Europe[edit]

Europe Place Organization User name Contact
Santiago Navarro España Wikimedia España Millars santiagonavarro@wikimedia.es
Montserrat Boix España Wikimujeres Mboix (talk) montse@wikimujeres.wiki
Susanna Giaccai Italia Wikidonne giaccai (talk) susanna.giaccai @wikimedia.it
Ciell Netherlands Wikimedia Nederland Ciell (talk) ciell@wmnederland.nl
Violetova Republic of Macedonia UG GLAM Macedonia Violetova 777.zana@gmail.com
Angel Obregón Spain Vanbasten_23 (talk)
Tanel Pern Estonia Wikimedia Eesti Daniel Charms tanel@wikimedia.ee

Oceania[edit]

Oceania Place Organization User name Contact
Caddie Brain Darwin, Australia Wikimedia Australia / Northern Territory Library tenniscourtisland caddie.brain@wikimedia.org.au

Cross-cutting and thematic chapters or user groups[edit]

Cross-cutting and thematic chapters or user groups Place Organization User name Contact
Sydney Poore Global WikiWomen's User Group FloNight sydney.poore @ gmail.com
Athikhun Suwannakhan Thailand Wikimedians in Thailand User Group Athikhun.suw athikhun.suw@student.mahidol.edu
Camelia Boban Global WikiDonne's User Group Camelia camelia.boban @ gmail.com
Zoe Lee Global Wikisource Zoe hereandnow.zoe@gmail.com
Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight Global WikiWomen's User Group/Women in Red Rosiestep rosiestep.wiki @ gmail . com
Àlex Hinojo Global Amical Wikimedia Kippelboy glam @ wikimedia.cat
Global Wikiquotes
Global Wikiversity
Global Wikibooks
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