Whose Knowledge?/VisibleWikiWomen

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Nos últimos cinco anos, reunimos uma coletiva de parcerias e amizades de todo o mundo para disponibilizar imagens de mulheres, especialmente negras, indígenas, trans e não binárias, na Wikipédia e na Internet em geral. Estamos orgulhosas e gratas pelos milhares de imagens que a campanha colocou on-line até agora e por todos os eventos, reflexões e intervenções que fizemos por meio da #WikiMulheresVisíveis (#VisibleWikiWomen, em inglês).

Percorremos um longo caminho, mas também estamos cientes de que há muito mais a ser feito. Para esta 6ª edição da campanha #WikiMulheresVisíveis, nós e nossas parcerias convidamos você a ocupar o espaço digital, criando, compartilhando e carregando imagens com licença aberta de mulheres marginalizadas e pessoas não binárias no Wikimedia Commons. Vamos combater a invisibilidade on-line criando uma memória feminista compartilhada e coletiva que celebre a pluralidade de nossos corpos e identidades.

Bem-vinda/o/e à campanha #WikiMulheresVisíveis 2023! Participe durante todo o ano da 6ª edição da campanha.

The Issue

Women’s knowledge and contributions to the world are invisible in many ways. When we look at women’s invisibility online, Wikipedia is a good proxy to explain why this is such a critical issue. Less than ¼ of Wikipedia biographies represent women. Many biographies of important and influential women don’t exist or are incomplete.

More often than not, women's biographies don’t have images. We estimate that less than 20% of Wikipedia articles of important women have pictures. Only 20% of the images that depict human beings on Wikimedia Commons represent women (according to https://humaniki.wmcloud.org).

When women’s faces are missing from Wikipedia, that invisibility spreads. Half a billion people read Wikipedia every month,[1] and it is the 5th most visited website in the world.[2] In other words, gaps on Wikipedia have a big impact on the broader internet.

Organizadoras do projeto

The theme of the year

The theme for this 2023 campaign is #BodyPlurality #CuerposPlurales #CorposPlurais #Imizimba: Celebrating the uniqueness of our body sizes, shapes, and identities online.

This year’s campaign is a celebration of the many possibilities of womanhood, queer femininity, gender queerness and plural ways of existing on and offline. In a world shaped by coloniality, imperial capitalism, caste and attendant power structures, invisibility for non-white people is a fundamental part of our lived experiences. To paraphrase Ugandan feminist and author Professor Sylvia Tamale, those bodies that cannot be easily classified into the ‘normalized’ social categories that coloniality has constructed for us (that are not white, not thin, not heterosexual, not cis-gendered, not able-bodied) — or, as Elizabeth Reis aptly describes, “bodies in doubt”[3] — belong to a very particular place in the world. That place is always on the margins, not to be seen or heard.

Unless it serves certain capitalist purposes that require commodification of non-white bodies, or feed stereotypical narratives on poverty or disease that are subject to hypervisibility, Black, brown, women and non-conforming people remain unseen in both online and physical spaces. We reflect on the history of colonial racialized exploitation and dehumanization of Black bodies, by bringing the story and experience of Sara Baartman, an enslaved indigenous southern African woman. Between 1810 and 1815, Sara was exhibited around western Europe - objectified through the colonial gaze by Europeans who saw her as a specimen for racist and sexual objectification, rather than as a human. We are also cognizant of the fact that these imposed colonial gender systems continue to police, dehumanize, and other us. Professor Tamale, in her book Decolonization and Afro-feminism, invites us to challenge the “coloniality of sex, gender, and sexuality” by juxtaposing the treatment of South African world champion athlete Caster Semenya by regional and world athletics’ regulatory bodies. Indian athlete Santhi Soundarajan experienced similar treatment a few years earlier.[4] Their experiences in the sportsworld was marred with racist, sexist, homophobic, and transphobic violence in comparison to how the same institutions treated Michael Phelps, the Olympic gold swimming champion — a white cisgender heterosexual man from the United States. Semenya’s and Soundarajan cases are not isolated cases, as the history and present day Olympic sports are full of stories of instutionalized racist and gender dicrimination.[5]

These power dynamics are reinforced through technology, which is often built upon the idealized normal body (male, cisgender, white, able-bodied, neurotypical, from the Global North), imposing devices and narratives of surveillance, control, and conformity – reinscribing and perpetuating marginalization.

We acknowledge that to exist online in the beautiful plurality of us is resistance to the colonial hegemony and its organizing systems of gender, race, sex, sexuality, and notions of womanhood. We celebrate all the ways our bodies have the possibility to hack patriarchy, racism, transphobia, classism, casteism, and colonialism.

Our #VisibleWikiWomxn campaign this year is:

  • A nod to the expansiveness of our bodies – bodies that challenge the normalized categories of what it means to be human and a woman.
  • A contribution to the many bodies of work centered on the issue of creating space to be seen in a world that erases, invisibilizes, and violates who is seen as different.
  • A feminist corner of the internet that affirms our plural identities, sizes, shapes and scars.

Our plan for 2023

Our goal for this 6th edition of #VisibleWikiWomen is to bring 2500 images of women and non-binary individuals to Wikimedia Commons, the big multimedia library for all Wikimedia projects, including the +300 language versions of Wikipedia.

Once again we will be “Celebrating the colors of #VisibleWikiWomen” with a targeted effort to increase the images of influential Black, Brown, Indigenous, Trans women and Non-Binary that are being uploaded to Wikipedia as part of the #VisibleWikiWomen campaign.

To reach this goal, we invite you – women’s and feminist organizations, culture and memory institutions, Wikipedia editors, user groups, chapters, and anyone who would like to give the plurality of women and non-binary people the visibility and acknowledgment they deserve. We are excited to collaborate with previous year’s super amigxs and friends again and to welcome new partners from around the world.This year, we expect to expand and deepen our collaboration with partners in Africa.

How to participate?

You can join the #VisibleWikiWomen campaign by gathering and uploading quality images in the public domain, or under free license, to Wikimedia Commons under the VisibleWikiWomen category. These images could be photographs or drawings of women, as well as images of their work, with proper consent.

Use o Upload Wizard e inclua a categoria VisibleWikiWomen 2023 nos seus envios.

Besides uploading images to Commons, you can also participate in the campaign by:

  • Hosting or attending local events in your communities where photos can be taken or uploaded
  • Releasing your existing photos of notable women under free license
  • Creating illustrations and drawings
  • Promoting and publicizing this project by spreading the word about it and using the hashtags #VisibleWikiWomen and #WomenofColors on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Co-organizing and hosting an online event with Whose Knowledge? to bring the campaign to your local communities
  • Creating a feminist corner at your public events, by installing a #VisibleWikiWomen photobooth.

And probably so much more! We’d love to see you coming up with new ideas that make the most sense for you and your communities.

If you need extra support for participating in the campaign, please email us at visiblewikiwomen[at]whoseknowledge[dot]org.

How to get involved?

Here are some additional ways to support the #VisibleWikiWomen campaign:


  • Help make our campaign multi-lingual by translating our Meta page, resources kit and the campaign pages of our website into different languages.
  • Make lists of Wikipedia women biographies without images (by country, by occupation, by century, by activity) to raise awareness of the gender visual gap and create interesting challenges for participants.
  • Write a new Wikipedia article inspired by an “orphan” women portrait (an image without an article) and use that image to illustrate it.

Spread the word

  • Curate and share: select images you love, optionally mixed them with inspiring texts and art, and just share it with the hashtags #VisibleWikiWomen, #WomenofColors, #HopeAndHealing and/or #FeministMemory.
  • Collaborative covering: if you are a journalist, a blogger, a podcaster or you just like to spread ideas online, you can create a piece of content about the campaign.

Support the campaign

  • If you are a feminist organization, cultural and memory institution, media or other potential partner organization, become an institutional partner.
  • If you are an individual connected to potential partners (like the ones mentioned above), please introduce them to the campaign!
  • If you are connected with potential funders who may be able to fund and support this campaign, please bring them to the campaign!

Recursos para ajudar você

Os seguintes guias de recursos oferecem algumas respostas para perguntas comuns sobre como trabalhar com imagens. Sinta-se à vontade para adaptar, adicionar e traduzir para atender às suas próprias necessidades! E o feedback sobre qualquer um desses guias é bem-vindo.

Listas de trabalho
Encontrando ou criando imagens
Enviando imagens
Outros guias que gostamos

Superamigxs em colaboração (junte-se a nós!)

Partners in previous campaigns (2018–2022)

New 2023 partners: welcome!

Redes socais (junte-se à conversa!)

Edit-a-thons (encontre um evento próximo a você!)

Em 2023, ocorrerão muitos eventos locais para melhorar a visibilidade das mulheres na Wikipédia. Edit-a-thons, workshops e outras atividades estão sendo organizadas por wikipedians ao redor do mundo.

Se você quiser fazer parte de tais eventos procure por um evento perto de você ou entre em contato com o seu capítulo Wikimedia local. Lembre-se de que, além de criar artigos sobre mulheres notáveis, você também pode tirar ou procurar fotos para ilustrá-las.

Você gostaria de organizar um evento específico para o desafio VisibleWikiWomen? Podemos oferecer algumas idéias, recursos e suporte para executar este plano. Basta nos contactar em visiblewikiwomen@whoseknowldge.org e conversaremos!

Se você é um organizador de eventos Wikimedia, como de uma edit-a-thon, você pode participar do desafio #VisibleWikiWomen convidando participantes a fazer o envio de fotos de mulheres notáveis para o Wikimedia Commons e ilustrar artigos na Wikipédia. Sugerimos que você adicione algumas atividades relacionadas a este desafio no seu evento. Por que não configurar um conjunto fotográfico e convidar algumas mulheres notáveis de sua cidade para serem fotografadas para o Commons? Ou talvez fazer um workshop específico sobre o uso de imagens na Wikipédia? Participe do desafio adicionando o seu evento abaixo.

Ordem alfabética por país. Eventos globais, com páginas de eventos, no topo

Língua When Organizadores País, região ou língua Página do evento
Spanish March 1 to 31 Wikimedia chapters and user groups Regional / Latam ¡Alto! Mujeres trabajando
Portuguese May 2023 Wikimedia chapters and user groups Portugal Ilustratona Mulheres Visíveis na Wiki

What we’ve done so far

In 2018 we launched the VisibleWikiWomen pilot edition, followed by other three successful campaigns in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Highlights from last year's campaign include:

  • 2022 marked the 5th edition of the #VisibleWikiWomen campaign. Launched on March 8, under the theme Hope and healing: Creating feminist memory online. in 2022, #VisibleWikiWomen counted 1,194 images uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, illustrating pages in 9 different Wikipedias plus Wikidata, by 123 participants, 37 of them new editors. All these images together total 53,096 pageviews.
  • Having realized that the #VisibleWikiWomen program coordination would ideally be a full-time position and not a time-bound one, we’ve been working on expanding the team and have hired a full time #VisibleWikiWomen program coordinator, Sunshine Fionah Komusana, and a communications co-lead, Youlendree Appasamy, who started working with us in June and July 2022, respectively.
  • As part of Women's Month celebration, we co-hosted the regional campaign ¡Alto! Mujeres trabajando, in partnership with Wikimedia chapters in Latin America, with the aim of making women visible in professions and roles that have historically been dominated by men.
  • We made a two-episode podcast series of interviews in celebration of #PrideMonth and as part of the #VisibleWikiWomen campaign. In these interviews, we featured: Arya Jeipea on “our existence is our truth” and Letícia Carolina Nascimento em “nada sobre nós sem nós”.
  • In the backdrop of the celebration of the United Nations International Day for People of African Descent on August 31, 2022, we held an editathon in partnership with the collective 500 Women Scientists, to celebrate the contributions of women and non-binary people of African descent in STEM and to ameliorate the erasure of their labor, voices and stories on Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons.
  • In September, we continued to focus around the theme of celebrating women and queer people in workplaces that have historically excluded them. In partnership with Flickr and the Flickr Foundation, we held a photo-a-ton to celebrate the women and non-binary people who work in historically cis-male-dominated workplaces, and the history of their fight for labour rights (maternity leave, equal pay, bathrooms, sexual harassment legislation etc.).
  • On September 2022 we brought the #VisibleWikiWomen campaign physically to the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa #FIFAfrica2022, in Lusaka, Zambia, to document the presence of African women digital rights defenders and leaders at the conference.

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