Open Call for #VisibleWikiWomen Africa coordinator

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Whose Knowledge? is seeking a campaign coordinator to co-lead the #VisibleWikiWomen global campaign and support Africa based partners to add images of notable women to Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia.

More about us:

Whose Knowledge? is a global campaign to center the knowledge of marginalized communities (the majority of the world) on the internet. Most public knowledge online has so far been written by white men from Europe and North America. To address this, we work particularly with women, people of color, LGBTQI communities, indigenous peoples and Global South communities to build and represent more of all of our own knowledge online.

The project:

Women’s knowledge and contributions to the world are invisible in so many ways. When we look at women’s invisibility online, Wikipedia is a good proxy to explain why this is such a critical issue. Less than a fourth of Wikipedia biographies represent women. Many biographies of notable women don’t exist or are incomplete.

More often than not, women biographies don’t have images. We estimate that less than 20% of Wikipedia articles of important women have pictures. And, when women’s faces are missing from Wikipedia, that invisibility spreads. Half a billion people read Wikipedia every month, and it is the 5th most visited website in the world, so gaps in Wikipedia have a big impact on the broader internet.

Whose Knowledge?, in partnership with the Wikimedia movement, feminist and women’s organizations, GLAM institutions and allies around the world, have hosted the #VisibleWikiWomen campaign every year from March to May since 2018, to add more images of women to Wikipedia and the broader internet. So far over 15,000 images have been used across Wikipedia and the different Wikimedia projects as a result of this campaign. However, Wikipedia (and the broader internet) are still missing many images of important and influential women, especially black, brown, indigenous and trans women.

A special focus is what we call #womenofcolors, our targeted effort to increase the number of images of influential black, brown, indigenous and trans women, especially from the Global South that are uploaded to Wikipedia as part of the #VisibleWikiWomen campaign.


A regional coordinator who will co-manage the campaign globally with our existing coordinator based in Latin America and focus on developing new connections and partnerships in Africa, helping make the #VisibleWikiWomen 2021 campaign a success!

This is a paid, part-time contractor role, 10-20 hours per week, for 4 months (February – May).


  • Act as a first point of contact for local partners and selected global partners
  • Coordinate and support communications, media and publicity
  • Keep website up to date, help showcase stories and successes along the way
  • Facilitate communications with Wikimedians, partners and allies
  • Prepare materials, resources, and toolkits for partners
  • Support participants on Commons and Wikipedia as images are uploaded
  • Analyse the effort after completion, and communicate outcomes and learning to partners and broader audiences

Our ideal candidate has:

  • Experience with Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons
  • Experience facilitating international groups or networks, coordinating volunteers, etc
  • Ability to clearly communicate virtually
  • Previously worked in multicultural/multilingual online spaces
  • Proficiency in English. Other language skills relevant in the African context would be highly desirable
  • Interest and experience in working with visual materials (photographs, art work, and other visual forms)
  • Initiative to start things, move projects forward, and manage tasks independently
  • A feminist, anti-colonial perspective

Candidates must be from and reside in the African continent!

To apply, please send an email with Subject: #VisibleWikiWomen Coordinator Africa to visiblewikiwomenATwhoseknowledgeDOTorg. Application deadline is January, 25th 2021. Include your CV and tell us why you’re interested and a good match for this role.