This is a true story about me, and how I started editing in Wikipedia, dealt with my fears and tried to forget my concerns.
At first, I knew nothing about Wikipedia, editing, creating new values or anything related to that. I joined a WikiWomen local program in order to start and understand. At first, I knew no one and when I made it to some Wikipedia meetings or events, I felt that it is me and a room full of men (well actually, that what it was). Today I am part of the leading team in Israel and we are trying to encourage more women to be an active editors.
We have a local, small but in growing, facebook group and we are having monthly meetings for women.
In that group, I initiated a weekly column called "what have I done for Wikimedia project this year?" in which I share my weekly contribution to women writing in Wikipedia and inviting the women in the group to share what they did, new articles they wrote, etc.
Last June, we had an edit-a-thon, that focused on women in psychology, in Tel-Aviv main city library. More than 20 women came to edit, around 15 new articles were created, and many edits were done.
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
Our wikiwomen main idea is to try and take care of the gender gap, and encourage more women to take an active part in the different Wikimedia projects. By creating an existing, supporting community for women we strive to reduce the gender gap and make the Hebrew Wikipedia a warm place for women writing.
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
Instructions: Feel free to provide links to existing work related to your session- wiki pages, web sites, blog posts, presentations, Youtube videos, social media. This may help the program committee determine session selections.