Submissions:2016/Editatona: Helping close the gender gap in Wikipedia

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Title
Editatona: Helping close the gender gap in Wikipedia
Theme
Outreach
Academic Peer Review option
No
Type of submission
Presentation
Author
Paulina Sánchez
E-mail address
psanchez820@gmail.com
Username
psanchez820
Affiliation
Wikimedia México
Abstract
Like other technological and social projects worldwide, Wikipedia presents a gender gap with respect to the participation of women. It has been previously shown that only 1 in 10 editors of Wikipedia is a woman. It is the community builds Wikipedia; therefore it is necessary for the community to include a diverse group of people so that the content is representative of everyone. Even though there isn’t data about the Wikipedia users in Mexico, we know that of the top 5 contributors to Wikipedia in Spanish in 2016 so far, none are women. A few years ago, there has been a movement in Wikimedia to fight this gender gap; put previous experiences and their application in our contexts have been complicated. For these reasons, Wikimedia México along with other local social groups joined to increase the participation of women in Wikipedia and created the Editatona. An Editatona is a women-only editathon where women are given the space to edit articles on Wikipedia that are relevant to them. The topics range from science, technology, history, human rights, etc. Since its inception in 2015, the Editatonas have been successful in Mexico and have also been a model that has grown and has been replicated in other countries such as Brazil, Ecuador, Spain, Perú, and Uruguay, among others. In this talk we want to show what we have learned, the challenges, and other elements that could be helpful and inspiring for other projects with similar goals.
Length of presentation
30 mins
Special schedule requests
None
Preferred room size
100
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  1. KellyDoyle (talk) 18:49, 30 August 2016 (EDT)
  2. Anything to help bridge the gaps. Cheers! Checkingfax (talk) 04:46, 1 September 2016 (EDT)