(WINDSOR, ON) – Hackforge, Arts Council Windsor and Region, and the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor will host Windsor’s first ever Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon. The event will take place on Saturday, March 11 at Hackforge, at 255 Ouellette Avenue, from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
This international event is designed to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia and to encourage female editorship.
In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors were female. This lack of female participation has led to an alarming lack of content about women and art in the world’s most popular online research tool.
Art+feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thons and other initiatives make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to art and feminism related subjects on Wikipedia.
“The tech industry and community have been working on increasing diversity and this kind of representation and skill sharing is an important step,” said Hackforge’s managing director, Sarah Morris.
Since 2014, over 280 art+feminism edit-a-thons have taken place across the world, creating and improving an estimated 4,600 articles.
“We’re excited to partner with SOCA and Hackforge to highlight the work of Canadian women and to facilitate an opportunity for people of all genders and abilities to gain the necessary skills and encouragement to engage with this platform,” said ACWR’s director of public programs and advocacy, Julie Tucker.