2023:Program/Submissions/Empowering Women in Wikimedia Technical Community - 3ZGT7G

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Title: Empowering Women in Wikimedia Technical Community


Gbemisola Esho


Joris Darlington Quarshie

Joris Darlington Quarshie is an experienced Data Scientist, Developer Advocate, and Wikimedia Tech Community Builder. He is the catalyst that brings your brand, stakeholders, data, technology and decisions together to build and deliver better products, and create delightful customer experiences, resulting in accelerated💰 growth 📈 and impact. He is a key advocate and promoter of Sustainable Development Goal 4: Promoting data science education for all. Helping bridge the technology skills gap for the underserved talents in Africa and globally is his top priority agenda. He has developed initiatives and tailored programs that drive greater inclusion and diversity in the data science, software engineering and other technological fields through providing free tech educational and professional opportunities to over 9,000+ highly deserving Africans and the black community at large. Tech communities in Ghana and Africa at large🏅 have feted Joris for his advocacy efforts and contributions to increasing the participation, inclusivity, representation and diversity of black people in the technological field, and creating robust pipelines of qualified, trained and talented tech professionals.

Abigail Afi Gbadago

Wikimedian and Software Engineer

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Type: Panel

Track: Community Initiatives

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 60 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

This session aims to explore the challenges faced by women in the Wikimedia technical community and discuss ways to empower and encourage more women to participate. The session will cover different strategies that can be used to increase the participation of women in technical discussions, coding events, and decision-making processes.

Description[edit source]

Despite the efforts to encourage more women to participate in the Wikimedia technical community, women remain underrepresented in technical roles. This session will provide a platform to discuss the challenges faced by women in the technical community, such as lack of mentorship, gender biases, and toxic behaviour. We will also explore different strategies that can be used to empower women in technical roles, such as mentoring programs, leadership training, and creating a supportive environment.

The session will include a panel discussion with women who have made significant contributions to the Wikimedia technical community. The panellists will share their experiences, challenges, and insights on how to increase diversity and collaboration in technical roles. We will also have a Q&A session with the audience to encourage active participation and exchange of ideas.

Further details[edit source]

Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

This session aligns with the event themes of Diversity, Collaboration, and Future. Increasing diversity in technical roles is crucial for the future of the Wikimedia community. The session will explore ways to collaborate and empower women in technical roles, which can lead to increased innovation and progress in the Wikimedia community.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Tick Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand