Wikigap – Joint initiative to make internet more gender equal

Wikipedia is the world’s largest online and user-generated encyclopaedia. Its content influences and colours users’ knowledge about the world. But there is great imbalance on the website, like in society at large.

Ninety per cent of the content is created by men, and there are four times more articles about men than there are about women. The figures vary regionally, but the picture is the same all over the world: the information about women is not only less extensive than that about men, it is also more negative and different in character.

To contribute to a more accurate picture, the Swedish Embassy and Wikimedia have therefore taken the initiative for the #WikiGap event. On 8 March – International Women’s Day – there will be parallel events in more than 40 countries, from Sweden to Vietnam, Egypt and Colombia, hosted by Swedish embassies together with local actors and partners.

The feminist foreign policy is based on the ambition to strengthen women’s and girls’ rights, representation and resources. The #WikiGap initiative is part of this policy and aims to improve the representation of women on Wikipedia. During the day-long event, participants will add content to Wikipedia by writing new articles and editing existing ones with information on women profiles, experts and role models in different fields.

Learn more about the Wikigap-campaign