Wiki In Africa/Wiki Loves Women
Wiki Loves Women
Wiki Loves Women started in 2016 in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and Ghana. Launched in Uganda and Tanzania in July 2018
Using the GLAM model that works with Civil Society, Media and Education organisations in focus countries, Wiki Loves Women encourages the contribution of quality information on African women to be published on, and made widely available via, Wikipedia. The 15-month pilot was conducted in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria and was supported in partnership with the Goethe-Institut’s in those countries.
Why Wiki Loves Women
In ITU’s 2019 report 4.1 billion people (53% of the global population) are online. This means that 3.6 billion people are not connected to the Internet, despite 96% of the global population living within reach of a mobile signal. The majority of these unconnected people live in the least Developed Countries, where 80% of the population is offline. In 2019 Africa’s internet penetration was at 39.3 % (the world’s lowest). In 2020, Internet penetration across southern Africa is at 26.4%.
Internet access for women lags behind men. Overall, 48% of all women use the Internet, compared with 58% of all men. In Africa, the internet penetration rate drops to 33.8% for men and 22.6% for women. The digital gender gap has been widening over recent years. Other research finds that urban poor women are 50% less likely to use the internet than men.
Analysis of these statistics mentioned above indicate the following barriers to Internet use:
- A lack of digital skills
- A lack of meaningful and interesting content (subjects that women are interested in or relate to, e.g. local issues, health,)
- A lack of content that represents their experience (e.g. expert women as thought leaders, stereotypical portrayal, etc.)
- A lack of cultural considerations (local context, stories and languages).
Lack of access to information by women becomes a self-perpetuating cycle. If women do not see themselves represented online with stories that are in their language and relevant to their culture, they are less likely to see themselves as capable of contributing. Further, without inspiring women being showcased on local media, many women will not be inspired to follow similar pathways. Leaving nobody behind is a central precept of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- website: http://www.wikiloveswomen.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WikiLovesWomen
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/WikiLovesWomen
All details of the project : Wiki Loves Women
- 201-2017, Goethe Institute
- May 2018: Wikimedia Foundation project grants committee approves application for funding to launch project in Uganda and Tanzania.
- Since 2020, the project is supported by Wikimedia Foundation through the Annual Plan Grant funding of Wiki in Africa