hi, Tinu Cherian and Moksh Juneja were discussing this on twitter. Tinu suggested that there be held a Workshop for Women in Wikipedia as a response to the news article/study on the point about percentage of women who participate in Wikipedia.
These are a few blog and newspaper articles you can read for background which shows that fewer than 15% of the editors on Wikipedia are women. 1. Wikimedia Blog - http://blog.wikimedia.org/blog/2011/02/01/wikipedias-gender-gap/ 2. New York Times article - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/31/business/media/31link.html?bl - which triggered the debate. 3. Sue Gardner, among the people covered in the NY Times article, posted a separate blog post - http://suegardner.org/2011/01/31/new-york-times-prompts-a-flurry-of-coverage-of-wikipedias-gender-gap/- which writes about the coverage. A mailing list has now been created called Gender Gap as a "a space where Wikipedians and non-Wikipedians can share research and information and tactics for making Wikipedia more attractive to women editors." This mailing list can be found here - http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/gendergap/ Tinu's suggested workshop idea has led to Moksh urging him to take it up seriously and he's offered to help in the Mumbai end of things. I suggested that the first such event under that or other name could be held on March 8, 2011 (the centenary year of International Women's Day). The workshop is seen as a space to help and mentor passionate women editors on Wikipedia who need help. I think we do this anyway but the very bad gender skew means we have to do it more often. This has just been posted as a starting point for conversations. Ideas, suggestions etc are all welcome. warm regards, Pradeep Mohandas user:prad2609
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