Raising awareness on the Gender gap in Wikipedia
Next Saturday May 26th 2012, Wikimedia Argentina invites you to participate in the event WikiGénero (WikiGender), a meeting specially designed to think and analyse gender gaps in projects like Wikipedia.
Recent researches with Wikipedia editors point out that only 9% of contributors are women. This data means a worrying gender gap in projects.
This event has two main goals:
On one hand, to inform, raise awareness and discuss possible actions inside the community of Wikipedians, both Argentinean and global, as we count with the attendance of women from many countries, participating of WikiWomenCamp, a previous event working in a similar line.
On the other hand, WikiGénero proposes this meeting as a starting point for future joint initiatives with women organisations, especially those related to topics such as communication, media, and technology, in order to receive their insights on the issue and to think about joint actions.
WikiGénero seeks to open a space for dialogue, allowing the analysis of causes of these gaps, and also think about strategies for widening the participation of women in the projects. Why do we have such a big gender gap in the projects? Which impact has in the contents of Wikipedia? Is it coherent with other gaps in the field of IT? Which are the main barriers for women to participate in Wikipedia? Which would be the best strategies for making visible and positively act to address these gaps?
This event will be a gathering between researchers, academics, activists from gender organisations and contributors to the projects of Wikimedia, among them we can remark the participation of Sue Gardner, Executive Director Wikimedia Foundation; Anuradha Uduwage, researcher of Group Lens, responsible team of one of the most detailed studies on gender gap in Wikipedia; Diana Maffía, feminist philosopher, and also several members of community of Wikimedia in Argentina and the region as well gender activists from our country.
articulate with organizations working in gender subjects
Preliminar Program (subject to confirmation)
09:00 hs: Welcoming from Wikimedia Argentina
09:15 hs: Opening keynote by Anuradha Uduwage Group Lens Team Universidad de Minnessota (USA)
10:00 hs: Keynote by Diana Maffía on Science, technology and gender
11:00 hs: Talk on gender perspective from Wikimedia-ar by Lila Pagola / Beatriz Busaniche
11:30 hs: Report of WikiWomenCamp, by Anne Goldenberg
12:00 hs: Round table. Women wikipedian, journalist and activists of organizations of civil society working on gender subjects (Anuradha Uduwage, Diana Maffía, Anne Goldenberg, Lila o Bea, RIMA) Questions: Paula Carri (participants to confirm)
13.00 hs: Lunch
14:00hs: Keynote by Sue Gardner (Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation)
15:00hs: Talk by Mariana Casas, on LGBT perspective