Wikipedia is the world’s largest online and user-generated encyclopedia. Knowledge is power, and Wikipedia has the potential to colour our view of the world. But there is great imbalance between men and women on the website, like in society at large.

Ninety per cent of those who add content to Wikipedia are men. There are four times more articles about men than women. 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. Regardless of which language version of Wikipedia you read. We want to change this.

#WikiGap is a campaign that gathers people around the world to add more content to Wikipedia about women figures, experts and role models in various fields. Together, we want to bring about a more gender-equal internet – and a more gender-equal world.

Set up your own #WikiGap event

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Manual
This manual includes a step-by-step guide on how to set up your own #WikiGap event.

Logos

 

Communications materials
Narrative (this can be modified and used to communicate the idea behind #WikiGap)
Template for press release

Campaign film
Download the film here.

Not a part of an organisation, but still want to close the gender gap on Wikipedia?
Read more about how to become a Wikipedia editor here. If you want to edit the Swedish-language version of Wikipedia, watch this tutorial.

 

So far, more than 50 countries have taken part in #WikiGap. More than 1 600 participants have added or updated some 3 000 Wikipedia articles on prominent women in more than 30 different languages.

WikiGap is being planned in: Abu Dhabi, Abuja, Alger, Amman, Bagdad, Bamako, Bangkok, Belgrade, Berlin, Bogota, Brasília, Brussels, Bucharest, Cairo, Dar es Salaam, Dhaka, Geneva, Guatemala, Hanoi, Harare, Helsinki, Islamabad, Jakarta, Kabul, Kampala, Kiev, Kigali, Lusaka, Madrid, Maputo, Mexico City, Milan, Monrovia, Moscow, Nairobi, New Dehli, New York, Nicosia, Oslo, Ottawa, Paris, Prague, Pristina, Rabat, Riga, Rome,  Santiago, Sarajevo, Skopje, Stockholm, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, The Hague, Tirana, Tunis, Vilnius, Yangon & Yogyakarta. Join us!

See where all the WikiGap events are being planned on the WikiGap map!

The purpose of WikiGap is to create a space for our invited guests to write new Wikipedia articles, and edit existing ones, in order to increase the representation of women on the online encyclopaedia. Swedish Embassy staff will facilitate the event, but will not be involved in writing or editing articles themselves.

All material produced during #WikiGap will undergo the same quality control as other content. Read more about Wikipedia’s quality management tools here.

Wikipedia’s user community is composed of volunteers who work constantly to maintain reliability and high quality in Wikipedia articles.