Wiki Loves Africa: Exhibition and Discuss its Future

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Wiki Loves Africa: Exhibition and Discuss its Future


Isla Haaddow-Flood & Florence Devouard


"Wiki Loves Women encourages the contribution of quality information on African women to be published on, and made widely available via, Wikipedia.

The first phase of the Wiki Loves Women project has focused on bridging two significant gaps on Wikimedia projects – women and Africa – both in terms of content about these subjects and in terms of participation by people from these groups. In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, the project works to encourage the contribution of existing information from Civil Society Organisations and Gender-equality groups to Wikipedia. The donated content will specifically focus on women’s contribution to the political, economic, scientific, cultural and heritage landscape, as well as the current socio-political status of women, in each country. In addition, the project will encourage the activation and support of new and existing editors (both female and gender-sensitised male Wikipedians) in the focus countries.

Wiki Loves Women, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, has been working across French and English projects since May 2016 in 4 countries Cameroon, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana) across Africa. The two leads will present the frame of the project (3 minutes max.), and then each country team will present a 5 minute presentation of their activity. Finally, Florence will present the project’s future plans (5 minutes). It will then be opened up to the floor for 5 minutes."