Adapted from Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa
Have you ever looked for a topic on Wikipedia and could not find it? It is probably because only a small fraction of Wikipedia articles are written by Africans, and even less by African Women.
Therefore, we are organizing an Edit-A-Thon to open up the world of Wikipedia to Womxn from Africa! If you want to learn how to write, edit, and publish articles on Wikipedia, then this is for you.
The project takes place in ten different countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa) and has different formats, such as edit-a-thons, podcasts, and texts.
The aim is to encourage more womxn to take up the important task of adding knowledge to the world’s largest online reference. This will increase the visibility of issues that are important to both Womxn and Africans, as studies* have shown that most of the articles on Wikipedia are written from Europe and the US – and articles written from Africa are mainly written by men. We particularly encourage you to write in insert language to increase the number of articles found in that language. We particularly encourage you to write in local languages apart from English to increase the number of articles found in these languages!
All you need is access to a computer and a stable internet connection and you are ready to go! To register or get more information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We plan to host an editing and translation competition with great prizes after this Edit-A-Thon, so you don’t want to miss out on learning the first steps.
Let’s work together on making the internet a more equal place!
The Goethe-Institut’s new programme “Decolonise the Internet” is focusing on bridging the unequal representation of voices from the Global South on the internet and wants to increase awareness on how AI and algorithms might perpetuate discrimination. The regional projects take place in eight different countries in sub-Saharan Africa and have different formats, such as edit-A-Thons, podcasts, and texts.
There shall be (a) Wikipedia training online for all interested parties.
Send us a mail by 16th August 2020. Training dates: 24, 25, and 26 of August. Time will be communicated closer to the dates.