Tinu Cherian and Moksh Juneja were discussing this on twitter. Tinu
suggested that there be held a Workshop for Women in Wikipedia as a response
to the news article/study on the point about percentage of women who
participate in Wikipedia.
These are a few blog and newspaper articles you can read for background
which shows that fewer than 15% of the editors on Wikipedia are women.
1. Wikimedia Blog -
2. New York Times article -
triggered the debate.
3. Sue Gardner, among the people covered in the NY Times article, posted a
separate blog post -
which writes about the coverage.
A mailing list has now been created called Gender Gap as a "a space where
Wikipedians and non-Wikipedians can share research and information and
tactics for making Wikipedia more attractive to women editors." This mailing
list can be found here - http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/gendergap/
Tinu's suggested workshop idea has led to Moksh urging him to take it up
seriously and he's offered to help in the Mumbai end of things. I suggested
that the first such event under that or other name could be held on March 8,
2011 (the centenary year of International Women's Day). The workshop is seen
as a space to help and mentor passionate women editors on Wikipedia who need
help. I think we do this anyway but the very bad gender skew means we have
to do it more often.
This has just been posted as a starting point for conversations. Ideas,
suggestions etc are all welcome.