I joined a diverse group last week to write Wikipedia entries about amazing women in the Middle East, hosted by ELLA (www.ellaletter.com) Check out the video below to see more of the impact we created and hear from Ella Founder and Managing Editor, Daria Solovieva, about why events like this are so important.
The United Nations Women Edit-a-thon is a global initiative organized by the Wikipedia community, supported by United Nations Women and joined by UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. The main event is held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on August 12, 2016 and many cities around the world are holding virtual Edit-a-Thons.
Knowledge is both a resource and an investment, and like all other forms of wealth, it is often differentially distributed throughout a social system. Gender knowledge gaps and biases reinforce the harmful stereotypes and practices, and often misrepresent women and girls, and undercut or undervalue their contributions locally and globally.
As Wikipedia compiles what represents close to the sum of all human knowledge, women should be recognized as part of that sum. Empower Women by UN Women, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality, and a group of volunteer champions are working on enhancing and increasing the content on Wikipedia related to women and gender equality to raise awareness, close the gender knowledge gap, and start changing and editing the future.
Have a go yourself with these ‘hacks’ by Ella:
Wikipedia notability requirements:
STEPS TO CREATE A WIKIPEDIA POST:
- Set up Wiki Account
- Pick a person to write about
- Search if the page already exists (both on Wiki and Google)
- Compile a list of reliable sources (online, video)
- Compile sources in Word Press document
- Create url for your person
- Transfer your entry in Wikipedia using Wiki formatting guidelines: Example
– Quick intro
– Career highlights
- Add Categories to your Wiki entry (at least 3)
- Click “Preview Page”
- Press ‘Save Page’
- Email Daria@ellamedia.cowith the name/url of your entry