Wikipedia is still missing so many images of notable women. Let’s add their faces to Wikimedia projects so that those who have been invisible can be fully seen this March!
Wikimedians and allies around the world, in partnership with the Whose Knowledge? campaign, are hosting a challenge to add more images of women to Wikipedia throughout March 2018. We aim to make more notable women, who are often literally invisible on Wikipedia because they’re missing an image, more visible both on Wikipedia and the broader internet. We invite women’s and feminist organizations, Wikipedia editors, user groups, chapters, and other partners around the world to collaborate with us in this effort.
Half a billion people read Wikipedia every month, and it is the 5th most visited website in the world. Yet there are not enough biographies of notable women from around the world (for example: only 23% of biographies on the Spanish Wikipedia, 17% on the English Wikipedia and 10% on the Bahasa Indonesia Wikipedia are about women). Less than 20% of biographies on Wikipedia contain any images at all…women’s knowledge and contributions to the world are invisible in so many ways. Let’s change this!
We are focused on gathering and sharing quality images under free licenses via Wikimedia Commons, so that these can be used to illustrate biographies of women on Wikipedia. These can be photographs of women or images of their work, with their consent.
Partners are encouraged to host or attend local events in their communities where photos can be taken or uploaded, release photos you might already have under free licence, and help promote and publicize this project. We invite local groups to lead this effort in ways that make most sense for your countries and interests: we’d love to learn from you! Planning is underway now – please contact us to share your ideas.