Wikipedia has recognized the roles of women in the society and has launched a new platform for their voices to be heard.
Mr. Olushola Olaniyan, the Project Lead of Wiki Loves Women, has called on Nigerian women to contribute to the information flow on Wikipedia.
Olaniyan made the call in Lagos during Wiki Loves Women Edit-a-thon Event/Workshop, organised in collaboration with Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre and Goethe Institute on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Wikipedia is a multilingual free encyclopaedia, written collaboratively by the people who use it.
It is a special kind of website designed to make collaboration easy, called a wiki, an editable platform whichJimmy Wales started in 2001.
Olaniyan said the contributions on information by women on Wikipedia would ensure that the digital gap between the male and female was closed.
According to him, women’s participation towards contributing to knowledge on Wikipedia will help to raise the profile of the Nigerian female and uplift their businesses.
He said that Wikipedia had over 500 million visitors daily, hence, a good platform for women to be heard.
“Gender inequality is rife across Africa, though progress has been made to address these inequalities in the business and within the society.
“With all the efforts, there remains a systemic bias against profiling women and the issues they face, especially with regard to news coverage and knowledge sources, both online and offline,’’ Olaniyan said.
He said the aim of the Wiki Loves Women project was to encourage the contribution of quality information on Nigerian and African women to be published and made widely available viaWikipedia.
According to him, the project sought to fill two major subject gaps of women and Africa’ onWikipedia.
The project lead said that gaps exist both in content and themes and also in terms of participation in the editorial level.
“Our objective is to fight against the existing inequalities between men and women on the African continent.
“Wiki Loves Women encourages the celebration of Africa’s extraordinary women who have shaped the past, drive vital cultural, humanitarian and socio-political issues and steer formal and informal economies,’’ he said.