#WikiGap is a Swedish initiative that gathers people around the world to add more content to Wikipedia about women figures, experts and role models in various fields. So far, #WikiGap has resulted in more than 50 000 edited articles that have reached a total of more than 100 million views. Thanks to #WikiGap, more women and their achievements are being made visible on the internet.
There are four times more articles about men than women on Wikipedia. Also, ninety per cent of those who write articles or add content to Wikipedia are men. The figures vary regionally, but no matter how you look at it, the picture is clear: the information about women is less extensive than that about men.
To help bring about a more gender-equal internet, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and WikiMedia Sweden initiated #WikiGap in 2018. Events are usually hosted by Swedish embassies and Wikimedia in collaboration with a local partner, but everyone is welcome to set up a #WikiGap event. Join us, and let’s together close the internet gender gap!
WikiGap so far
So far, #WikiGap events have been arranged in more than 60 countries, engaging more than 2 500 participants who have written, added content to or updated more than 50 000 Wikipedia articles in more than 30 different languages. The articles have reached more than 100 million views.
Set up your own #WikiGap event
Here you find the material needed to set up a #WikiGap event*:
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How to become a Wikipedia editor
Read more below on how to edit Wikipedia. If you want to edit the Swedish-language version of Wikipedia, please watch the tutorial.
More on WikiGap:
WikiWomen – One outcome of WikiGap
Meet a selection of the Wiki women here:
A public writing competition to create and improve articles to strengthen Wikipedia's coverage of women and related topics into as many languages as possible. The Challenge is organized as part of the global WikiGap campaign with the first edition in 2019.
All material produced during #WikiGap will undergo the same quality control as other content. Read more about Wikipedia’s quality management tools below. Wikipedia’s user community is composed of volunteers who work constantly to maintain reliability and high quality in Wikipedia articles.
More on the feminist foreign policy:
A Feminist Government
Sweden has the first feminist government in the world. This means that gender equality is central to the Government’s priorities – in decision-making and resource allocation. A feminist government ensures that a gender equality perspective is brought into policy-making on a broad front, both nationally and internationally. Women and men must have the same power to shape society and their own lives. This is a human right and a matter of democracy and justice. Gender equality is also part of the solution to society’s challenges and a matter of course in a modern welfare state – for justice and economic development. The Government’s most important tool for implementing feminist policy is gender mainstreaming, of which gender-responsive budgeting is an important component.
Feminist foreign policy
Gender equality is a fundamental aim of Swedish foreign policy. Ensuring that women and girls enjoy fundamental human rights is an obligation within our international commitments and prerequisite to achieving Sweden’s broader foreign policy goals – peace, security and sustainable development.
Handbook Sweden’s feminist foreign policy
In October 2014, Sweden became the first country in the world to launch a feminist foreign policy. This means applying a systematic gender equality perspective throughout the whole foreign policy agenda. This handbook should be a resource for international work relating to gender equality and all women’s and girls’ full enjoyment of human rights. It contains a selection of methods and experiences that can provide examples and inspira¬tion for further work of the Swedish Foreign Service, other parts of the civil service and society as a whole. The handbook also describes the first four years of working with a feminist foreign policy. Thereby, it responds to the considerable national and international interest in this policy.