Event: Art+Feminism Wikipedia-a-thon
Saturday 5th March, 11am-4pm
RSVP to: art.feminism.capetown@
Hosted by Alexandra Ross and Jess Holdengarde
This event is part of the Art+Feminism Campaign which largely addresses the disparity in the gender gap of Wikipedia’s pages.
Here are some links concerning the Art+Feminism Campaign.
“Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of womxn’s* participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.”
This campaign is the third edition of the global event, Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon which is hosted across the world, this Saturday 5th March. It is part of a global network of academics, writers, librarians, artists, and feminists working to redress the dearth of coverage of womxn (and non binary) artists on Wikipedia. We see this as a series of events focusing on South African womxn and non-binary artists, with the first event on the 5th of March including a ‘how to edit’ training session and a discussion about the processes of editing a robust Wikipedia page.
We hoping that this campaign will grow into something greater – spanning over the course of the year – in which we can build a strong and enthusiastic team of editors; rewriting the pages of Wikipedia to represent the practices of womxn and non-binary artists in SA. We encourage emerging artists and established practitioners alike to attend.
Spaces are limited so as to ensure a quality training session with the Wikipedia specialist and also to create a space for safe conversation. We aim for the campaign to host a series of events in which there will be critical discussions on the reasons for the gender gap and lack of representation of womxn and non – binary artists within Wikipedia as well as a space in which discussions are welcomed to ensure that the campaign is as intersectional as possible.
In order that this is a successful event we have secured assistance from WikimediaZA and will have a training session on how to edit Wikipedia in this first meeting. They will also be on assistance during the session to ensure any questions arising may be answered, Also the Wikipedia Foundation have kindly sponsored refreshments to ensure sustenance. We are delighted to be a part of this global network and to have fostered a close relationship with WikimediaZA which we hope to continue long into the future.
Please RSVP to art.feminism.capetown@
* womxn is a term used to cover cis and trans women and trans femmes”