Calling all African Wikimedians

In the run up to International Women’s Day on the 8th March, Wiki Loves Women is launching the on-Wikipedia translation drive #16WikiWomen.

The idea is for Wikipedians to take 16 days to make translate the Wikipedia biographies on 16 notable African women, into at least 16 languages (African or international languages).

The articles to be translated will be the biographies of African women. The list of language can be, but is not limited to:

The list of the 16 women biographies that will be translated are:

  1. Malouma, a Mauritanian singer, songwriter and politician
  2. Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, a South African politician. The best initial version is in French w:fr:Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge
  3. Cri-Zelda Brits, a South African cricketer
  4. Anna Tibaijuka, a Tanzanian politician and former under-secretary-general of the United Nations
  5. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a Nigerian women’s rights activist
  6. Flora Nwapa, a Nigerian author who writes predominantly in Igbo
  7. Samia Yusuf Omar, Sprinter from Somalia
  8. Maggie Laubser, a South African painter
  9. Fatima Massaquoi, a pioneering educator from Liberia
  10. Frances Ames, a South African neurologist, psychiatrist, and human rights activist
  11. Asmaa Mahfouz, a Egyptian activist. The best version is currently in Arabic : w:ar:Asmaa Mahfouz
  12. Yaa Asantewaa, the legendary former Queen Mother of Ghana
  13. Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer
  14. Martha Karua, a Kenyan politician
  15. Chinwendu Ihezuo, a Nigerian professional footballer
  16. Nassima Saifi, a Paralympian athlete from Algeria

Please jump in !

We REALLY NEED YOUR HELP to get as many of these inspiring women onto Africa’s language Wikipedias as possible. They are our role models and it would be magnificent if they were accessible to the next generation of women and men across the continent.

If you wish to participate, please feel free to add your name and any comments here :

Results will be tracked on this page :

Thanks so much!! Let us know what you think and if you have any questions!!


Isla Haddow-Flood
Co-project Manager
Username: Islahaddow