“In 2008, a survey found that less than 13% of Wikipedia contributors worldwide were women. The free online encyclopedia that “anyone can edit” was outed as being mostly run by men. A follow up survey in 2011 found similar results: globally, 9% of contributors were women; in the U.S., it was 15%. Meanwhile, there appeared to be no significant gender difference in readership rates. These findings sparked profuse debate over what was discouraging women from contributing — yet there hasn’t been much of a change since then. Last year, Jimmy Wales, the founder of the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs the site, said that the organization failed to meet its goal of increasing women’s participation to 25% by 2015, despite launching several initiatives.” (via HBR)
“It is an unfortunate fact that Wikipedia has very few female editors, and there’s evidence that the females who do contribute to the online encyclopedia receive a significant amount of harassment from their male counterparts. According to a recent Smithsonian article, one female editor of Wikipedia has a backlog of 118 harassing, abusive emails about her work.This woman is Emily Temple-Wood. Back in 2012 she volunteered for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to honor Ada Lovelace, a nineteenth-century mathematician. As a result, she noticed a serious lack of female representation among the site’s many articles. Furious, she typed out a profile of Ann Bishop, a British biologist, in her dorm room late that night. From then on, the med student embarked on a mission to raise the profile of women scientists on the platform.” (via Verily)
“The Linda Norgrove Foundation will set up the scheme after receiving a grant of nearly £500,000 from the United States International Development Agency (USAID), specifically to fund the establishment of the libraries and literacy schemes for women and girls.
Some 840 women will receive literacy classes and more than 20,000 people are expected to use the community libraries being set up by Afghanistan Reads, a community literacy project supported by the Norgrove Foundation. Literacy in Afghanistan is among the lowest in the world. It is estimated only 20% of women are literate and the figure is three times lower in rural areas.” (via Herald Scotland)