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Women in Tech 25 April 2018

This Girls in ICT Day, Let’s Increase the Visibility of Women on Wikipedia

Angelica Contreras
By Angelica ContrerasGuest Author

At the Women’s Special Interest Group of the Internet Society we are committed to promoting the participation of women in the Internet ecosystem. We also consider it important to increase the content created by and about women on the Internet to give voice and make visible the actions, work, and participation of women in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Just 17% of Wikipedia biographies are of women. This happens because of the invisibility on the Internet of their work, which makes it difficult to create their biographies, no matter how valuable their work is.

April 26 is the International Day of Girls in ICT, promoted by the ITU. It aims to reduce the digital gender gap and encourage and motivate girls to participate in tech careers. With the support of the Wikimedia Foundation and Internet Society Chapters, we are going to commemorate the Girls in ICT Day with an editathon marathon in Wikipedia, to include all the women who are working to build an open Internet, free, safe, transparent, and affordable for everyone.

The important thing about this Global Editathon “Girls in ICT” is that the content will be created by women in their native language or in the language of their region. We need to promote the creation of digital content that allows girls and women to get to know the pioneers of their countries. It is also important to create content in different languages, to increase linguistic diversity on the Internet.

The work of locating these women is not easy. If you know pioneers, founders, entrepreneurs, developers, and technology leaders in each region help us tell their stories by sending us their bio and references to [email protected].

Do you want to join the Editathon party? You can participate in person or you can join online on Saturday, April 28th, by editing and posting on social networks using the hashtags #WikipediaForGirls and #GirlsInICT. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Friday, April 27, 2018
9: 00- 16:00 hrs
NUST American Space, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

April, 27 and 28
from 8:30 a.m.
The Institute of Accountancy Arusha

Saturday, April 28, 2018
10hrs – 16hrs
University of Palermo, Buenos Aires,

Mexico City
Saturday, April 28, 2018
11 – 17hrs
Facebook offices in CdMX
Pedregal 24, 21st floor (Torre Virreyes), Colonia Lomas de Chapultepec,

Saturday, April 28, 2018
11- 16hrs

Cape Verde
Saturday, April 28, 2018
from 9hrs
University of Jean Piaget

Nairobi, Kenya
Saturday, April 28, 2018
9- 12hrs
eMobilis Mobile Technology Institute

Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Saturday, April 28, 2018
16- 18hrs
Universidad Hispanoamericana Euro

10h00 – 13h00

Panama, Panama
Saturday, April 28, 2018
9 – 14hrs
Coworkspace, Balboa Avenue Ph Bay Mall Of 311C

Lima, Perú
Saturday, April 28th, 2018
9- 13hrs
Av. Alberto del Campo 435 piso 13 San Isidro

Together we can make more women visible on Wikipedia!

Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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