Really interesting and nice to know.
Thanks.

On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 2:48 PM, ansuman <ansum...@gmail.com> wrote:

> 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:
>
>> **
>>
>> 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
>>
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Sarah Stierch <sstie...@wikimedia.org>
>> 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)
>> To: wmfc...@lists.wikimedia.org
>>
>>
>>
>> http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/netha-hussain/wikipedia-towards-closing-gender-gap_b_2654019.html
>>
>> 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>
>> .
>>  *
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> *Sarah Stierch*
>> *Wikimedia Foundation Community Fellow*
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