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Differences in accounts on Kurdish wiki projects where users explicitly state their gender.

The official language of Iraq are Arabic and Kurdish. This country also has some major regional language, such as Syriac-Aramaic and South Azeri (Turkmen), and also English as the major foreign language spoken by the population. The internet penetration in this country is 5.6% or 1,661,610 people having internet connection in 2010.[1]


According to Alexa, in December 2011, Wikipedia ranked 12th of the most popular sites in Iraq.[2] Between October 2010 until November 2011, 1.5% of traffic to Arabic Wikipedia was came from this country.[3] In December 2011, elections were held for English Wikipedia's Arbitration Committee. No women from this country ran for Arbitration Committee and there are currently no women from this country on the Arbitration Committee. On English Wikipedia, there are zero featured articles, featured lists or good articles about women's sport in this country that are part of the Women's sport Wikiproject or the Women's football taskforce.

Wikisource, Wikinews, Wikiversity, and Other projects

On English Wikisource, there are no female bureaucrats from this country.[4]

There are no female administrators on English wikinews from this country, nor are there any women from this country who are English wikinews accredited reporters. On Portuguese Wikinews, there are no women active from this country. This may be a result of several factors, including the language and because Portuguese Wikinews only has an active editing community of five people, one of whom is a woman.

Iraqi women perspective to free knowledge
Women in Iraq

Iraqi women's life is greatly influenced by Islamic law, government constitution, and traditional customs. They should wear veils, undergo gender segregation at school, and only get less opportunities in workplace. Wars and internal conflict in this country resulted hundreds of thousands women are widowed. In 2003, the Organization of Women Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) was established in this country to defense of women's right in Iraq. They struggle to provide greater chance of education for women, minimize domestic violence, rapes, abduction, and gender equity in workplace.

The Foundation

During the December 2011 fundraising appeal, no Iraqis, men or women, were featured as part of the appeal. During the 2011 Summer of Research, the WMF hired eight research fellows. Of these, only one was female, and she was from the United States. There were four males from American universities, The other researchers included men from a Japanese university, a Swiss university and a Canadian university. There were no research fellows, male or female, from this country.