I am starting a local group for women to get together to support one another in editing Wikipedia. This is a grassroots campaign started by me (a local Canberra mother) which is part of a larger push to redress the gender imbalance in Wikipedia where less than 13% of contributors are women.
You can find out more about this at the Wikipedia Gendergap mailing list or at my web site Women4Wikipedia. My own particular take on the issue is that I’m not overly interested in debating the why’s but more interested in encouraging women to participate in Wikipedia by providing resources and a supportive environment.
I have started hosting Twitter Chats each Monday night 8pm AEST to discuss and network (use the hashtag #women4wikipedia). You can find the readings & past transcripts, news etc at http://women4wikipedia.net
So far we have interest from Laura who is looking for a Canberran woman with a keen interest in sports to help host her Wiki Academy at Canbera Uni and work on Wikipedia articles about Australian Women’s sport; Kath who is interested in improving Australian music/bands articles; & there has also been some interest shown from some locals in improving Wikipedia articles about Canberra topics.
So if you are a woman who might enjoy learning to contribute to Wikipedia (or already have) please contact me via email, attend the chat or join the Canberra Meetup Group so that we can network, share your work etc. We’re hoping to get at least one Womens Wikipedia Hackfest up and running by/around the Centenary of International Women’s Day on March 8.