Wikipedia is the world’s largest online and user-generated encyclopaedia. 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 an event during which people around the world gather to add more content to Wikipedia about women figures, experts and role models in various fields. On 8 March – International Women’s Day – the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Swedish embassies hosted simultaneous events in more than 50 countries, from Sweden to Tanzania, Egypt and Colombia.
Sweden is the first country in the world to pursue a feminist foreign policy. We do this based on the conviction that gender equality is fair and right, and because it is a basic condition for sustainable peace and security.
Sweden’s feminist foreign policy is about women’s rights, representation and resources. #WikiGap will improve women’s representation by increasing the number of articles about them on Wikipedia.
Together, we want to bring about a more gender-equal internet – and a more gender-equal world.