#VisibleWikiWomen Edit-a-thon: Women in critical infrastructures of care

This event is closed.
We would like to express our deep gratitude to the wonderful participants of the #VisibleWikiWomen edit-a-thon, and to our amazing co-conspirators Take Back the Tech (APC) and SheTransformsTech (World Pulse).
You can have a look at the images that were uploaded during the event and throughout the #VisibleWikiWomen campaign here.

#VisibleWikiWomen is an annual campaign to make all women, especially black, brown, indigenous and trans women, visible on Wikipedia and the broader internet. This global campaign brings together Wikimedians, feminist and women’s organizations and cultural institutions in a worldwide effort to reduce the gender gap and the lack of women images in the biggest online free encyclopedia.

Due to COVID-19, the world is going through a collective experience of deep anxiety and uncertainty. It is also a deeply important time for collective solidarity and support. We often miss “seeing” the women who are part of the critical infrastructure of care that keeps us going in times like this: health workers and care-givers, sanitation and transport workers, emergency and food services, activists, scientists, policy-makers and more…

Let’s acknowledge, affirm, support and celebrate these incredible women whom we so rarely see and appreciate in our daily lives. And even as some of us are able to isolate ourselves physically, #VisibleWikiWomen feels more important than ever: we can come together virtually to bring online the faces, work, and wisdom of women who are missing from the world’s shared knowledge and histories.

Our goals

To make women visible online, create a safe space for solidarity and sisterhood in these difficult times, share our tips and tricks to upload images on Wikimedia Commons (the image file repository for Wikipedia) and have fun!


What we will do?

Together, we will gather and upload quality women images in the public domain, or under free license, to Wikimedia Commons under the VisibleWikiWomen category. These images could be photographs or drawings of women, as well as images of their work, with proper consent.

We will start with a quick training on how to upload images to Commons and then move to a group conversation where participants can ask questions and share their experiences participating in the campaign.


  • May 9 (Saturday) – online training at 12pm UTC (English session) and 3pm UTC (Spanish session). Each session 1:30 video call.
  • From May 9 to May 12 – uploading images to Wikimedia Commons at each participant’s preferred time.
  • May 11 (Monday) – Q&A online session to solve doubts and issues. 2pm UTC (English session) and 5pm UTC (Spanish session).


  • Platforms: Jitsi room+chat (protected with password), Etherpad.
  • Websites: Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, Wikipedia.
  • Recording and streaming: WhoseKnowledge? YouTube channel.


There are #VisibleWikiWomen guides in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.

Finding or creating images

  • How to find free images: ENESARPT
  • How to ask for image donations: ENESARPT
  • Creating drawings for Wikipedia: ENESARPT

Uploading images

  • How to upload images to Wikimedia Commons: ENESARPT


  • Adding images to Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia: do’s and don’ts: ENESARPT
  • Giving consent for images on Wikipedia: ENESARPT

Other guides we like


We will create a preliminary list of women that are still missing on Wikipedia, and we would like you to suggest and add names to it. For this event, we would like to focus on women who are working in the critical infrastructures of care: health workers and care-givers, sanitation and transport workers, emergency and food services, activists, scientists, policy-makers , and more.That said, images of women of all backgrounds and fields are always welcome and this activity isn’t limited to images in the mentioned fields.