Gender gap in on-line projects, the problem in Wikimedia

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Session Description

In the Wikimedia movement there is a gender gap that the community, Wikimedia Foundation and affiliates want to reduce. The amount of female editors is only about 10-15% of the total, and the amount of articles about women is not much better. Many initiatives have been developed during these years to reduce it, like editing contests to create women related articles, improving and creating policies against harassment, running edit-a-thons dedicated to women, etc. But the gap is still too big. This problem exists in every country and every language, and the causes are not well defined and studied. We want to look for solutions, discover how other communities could fix it or explore the causes of the problem with an open debate, that follows to a short introduction to the problem.

Gender gap in on-line projects, the problem in Wikimedia
Presenter/s Santiago Navarro Sanz
Organization Wikimedia España / Wikipedia
Bio/s Wikipedia editor since 2006, I became sysop of Spanish Wikipedia in 2008. In 2011 some volunteers created the Spanish Wikimedia chapter, Wikimedia España. I was elected as a President last September, and I served as a Vicepresident from 2012 til 2015. I have worked as a volunteer in different projects with Wikipedia or other Wikimedia projects like Wikimedia Commons. I was member of the national organization of Wiki Loves Monuments (the biggest photo contest in the world) since 2011, and also in Wiki Loves Earth last year. GLAM coordinator for Latin America. I supported several projects with universities and run or work as a volunteer in edit-a-thons with other institutions, like the National Library, National Museum of Natural Science, L'Oréal Foundation (edit-a-thon about scientific women), UPV, UJI, etc.
Language Spanish or Catalan (but we could do it in English, French or Italian if necessary)

Session Comments

Session Notes:

Freedom of Panorama - ability to photograph buildings and sculptures in public spaces, which may be copyrighted

2 gender gaps - in the content itself, in the editors

Korean - 23% about women, 77% men - best ratio

Malaysian 3% about women - worst

English, French 16%

Spanish 17%

Idea of a “person of significance”

Number of editors ...

14% U.S.

8% Germany

9% U.K.

Age …

Younger editors, proportion of editors is better

Younger maybe 30%

22-29 - 20%

30+ - 20 in best cases

Wikimedia organizing hackathons in Mexico and Argentina


Documentation and guidelines

Workshops to show how to use


More young people


WMF or chapters don’t control projects or community

Is there a code of conduct within Wikimedia? Some rules

ORES Program at Wikimedia to develop machine learning

Need to balance “person of significance” with other factors -maybe get rid of it altogether

Rethinking the criteria of relevance