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WikiGap Vietnam aims at improving gender equality online
The Saigon Times Daily
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WikiGap Vietnam aims at improving gender equality online

The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC - A workshop called WikiGap will be held at the Vietnam Women’s Museum in Hanoi on October 19 with an aim to improve gender equality online.

The event is jointly held by the Embassy of Sweden in Vietnam, UN Women, the United Nations Development Program, the Center for Studies and Applied Science in Gender - Family - Women and Adolescents, Media Network on Gender, and the Vietnam Women’s Museum.

This workshop gathers volunteers to add content to Wikipedia about women experts and role models in various fields. Similar events have already been held in more than 50 countries worldwide to improve women’s representation on the internet.

Wikipedia is the world’s largest online and user-generated encyclopedia. Knowledge is power, and Wikipedia has the potential to color the people’s views of the world. But there is great imbalance between men and women on the website, like in society at large.

According to WikiGap, 90% of those who add content to Wikipedia are men, and there are four times more articles about men than women. The figures vary regionally, but no matter how ones look at it, the picture is clear: the information about women is less extensive than that about men, which is true regardless of which language version of Wikipedia ones read. WikiGap wants to close this gender gap.

Participants are asked to think of a prominent woman they would like to see an article about on Wikipedia and write it. They can also choose to edit or translate existing articles. There are two ways of joining the #WikiGapVietnam campaign: publish articles from home (can be made from all over Vietnam) or publish articles at the WikiGapVietnam workshop on October 19.

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