Ada Initiative advisor and Wikimedia Foundation Community Fellow Sarah Stierch announced the launch of the WikiWomen’s Collaborative in late September! Her announcement from the Wikimedia blog follows.
Are you a woman who edits or is active in the Wikimedia community? Or do you want to contribute to Wikipedia, but you just aren’t sure how to get started? WikiWomen from around the world have come together to form the WikiWomen’s Collaborative to support you and to support each other as we edit Wikipedia and her sister projects.
The WikiWomen’s Collaborative is a social media initiative, led by Wikipedia volunteers in partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, which seeks to engage and inspire women to edit Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Commons media repository, and related projects. This initiative was inspired by the realization that in order to impact Wikipedia’s gender gap we must build strong networks of women who are motivated to take action. We want to find and connect more women around the world and encourage them to contribute to the sum of all human knowledge by editing Wikimedia projects.
Here’s how you can get involved:
- Like the WikiWomen’s Collaborative on Facebook and visit our page to share resources, tips on contributing and connect with other WikiWomen
- Join the conversation on our WikiWomen’s Twitter feed
- Read and write for the WikiWomen blog channel. Share your editing experiences, what inspires you to be involved in the Wikimedia movement and what you’re doing about it. Sign up to contribute to the blog here
We’re so excited to have WikiWomen around the world involved in this project: to share with you why we love editing, why it’s important that women contribute and some of the easy and fun ways to get involved in the movement.
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