Well done Netha. By seeing you contributing, I am sure many woman will come
forward. :-)

Ansuman



On 15 February 2013 14:35, noopur <noo...@cis-india.org> wrote:

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> Dear all,
>
> I am not sure if this was forwarded to the India list but Huffington post
> has a guest blog post from Netha this week. Congratulations Netha! :)
>
> Best,
>
> Noopur
>
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> Date: Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM
> Subject: [Wmfcc-l] [PRESS] Wikipedia: Towards Closing the Gender Gap
> (Huffington Post UK - guest blog by Wikipedian Netha Hussain)
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> http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/netha-hussain/wikipedia-towards-closing-gender-gap_b_2654019.html
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> WikiWoman Netha Hussain wrote a guest blog for Huffington Post UK
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> Most of us know Wikipedia as the free online encyclopedia, written
> collaboratively by millions of volunteers from around the world. I am 
> one<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Netha_Hussain>
>  of those writers for the last 3 years. It was by writing articles about
> medical sciences that I started contributing to Wikipedia. Later, I was
> intrigued by the enormous volume of information available on Wikipedia, and
> was curious to find out who actually write them - which made me delve into
> the editor demographics. It really made me upset when I figured out that
> only around 9%<http://grouplens.org/system/files/wp-gender-wikisym2011.pdf>
>  of the contributors to Wikipedia are women. In fact, I knew that so few
> women write on Wikipedia, but I hadn't expected the figure to be as low as
> 9 percent.
>
> Diversity of opinion is the essence of any encyclopedia. Having equal
> representation from women will bring in wider perspectives, and increase
> the neutrality of the articles on Wikipedia. With men creating most of the
> content for Wikipedia, certain subjects might be covered more than a
> subject that may be of interest to women. Women not writing on Wikipedia
> mean that certain subjects may not be receiving the attention they
> rightfully deserve.
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that hosts
> Wikipedia, had recognized this problem sooner than I did. The Wikimedia
> Foundation has launched various programs to bridge the gender gap, and the
> latest addition to the list is the WikiWomen's 
> Collaborative<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiWomen%27s_Collaborative>
> .
>
> The WikiWomen's Collaborative was created in September 2012 by women
> around the world who edit Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, and want
> to encourage others to do the same. The project was aimed at helping women
> and transwomen to support one another and engage in programs that help the
> Wikimedian community to bring in new women editors. A variety of 
> events<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:WikiWomen%27s_Collaborative/Final_report>,
> like edit-a-thons, interviews and wikiwomen parties were conducted as a
> part of the collaborative.
>
> In May 2012, a WikiWomenCamp<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiWomenCamp>
>  was organized for women in the Wikimedia movement to get together and
> discuss about the various issues related to being women involved in the
> Wikimedia community with like-minded women. Over 20 women from different
> countries participated in the camp to brainstorm solutions for existing
> problems that concern women, and suggest future plans to collaborate with
> one another. It is customary to conduct a WikiWomen's 
> luncheon<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiChix_2011_Lunch>
>  at Wikimania <https://wikimania2013.wikimedia.org/>, the global
> gathering of Wikimedians, exclusively for the women participants.
>
> Organizations like the Ada Initiative <http://adainitiative.org/>, named
> for the world's first programmer Countess Ada Lovelace, support women
> working with open knowledge projects like Wikipedia by creating resources
> for women in open stuff, conducting conferences and advising organizations
> on supporting women.
>
> Many outreach programs were conducted in women's universities all over the
> world to encourage students to participate in the Wikimedia movement. The
> Women's History month edit-a-thons conducted every year, attracts both male
> and female editors to write biographies of notable women on Wikipedia.
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation has set a goal to raise the share of female
> contributors to 25% by 2015. Given the good response from the community to
> various events conducted for women, it is likely that the foundation will
> achieve its goal within the set time limit.
>
> *If you would like to get engaged in various activities for women in
> Wikipedia, you are welcome to write to me <nethahuss...@gmail.com> or
> join us here <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiWomen%27s_Collaborative>.
>  *
>
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