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HerStory International Youth Day Edit-a-thon NYC
Fri, August 12, 2016, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
*PLEASE ONLY REGISTER HERE IF YOU WILL ATTEND THE EVENT IN NEW YORK CITY. FOR OTHER CITIES, REGISTER HERE.
Knowledge is both a resource and an investment, and like all other forms of wealth, it is often differentially distributed throughout a social system. In many areas, information simply does not exist, and where it does exist, it is often sexist. Gender knowledge gaps and biases reinforce the harmful stereotypes and practices, and often misrepresent women and girls, and undercut or undervalue their contributions locally and globally. It is 2016, and we cannot tolerate leaving women and girls behind anymore.
As Wikipedia compiles what represents close to the sum of all human knowledge, women should be recognized as part of that sum. Empower Women by UN Women, Wikimedia Foundation, the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development's Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality, and a group of volunteer champions are working on enhancing and increasing the content on Wikipedia related to women and gender equality to raise awareness, close the gender knowledge gap, and start changing and editing the future. The knowledge produced will be focusing on recognizing the contribution of female leaders and especially young women, produce articles about the concepts of gender equality and its champions, and offer a youth friendly content about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
If you believe in the notion of online collaboration for the greater good and gender equality and have been impacted by an inspiring woman in your lifetime, join our campaign and make them more visible to inspire millions. Help us celebrate HerStory edit-a-thons to close the gender knowledge gap on International Youth Day on August 12th.
Join HerStory edit-a-thons to contribute, promote, and celebrate women of the world. Make sure you're going to be an agent of this herstorical change.
For more information, check the initiative website.
You can contribute to closing the gender gap on Wikipedia by:
- Writing new articles about accomplished women who deserve a Wikipedia page and fall under Wikipedia's notability guidelines
- Editing existing articles about women to add information and make them more gender sensitive
- Translate existing articles into other languages to increase each page's visibility and usability
A series of HerStory edit-a-thons will be held on August 12th, which is International Youth Day in many cities around the globe and online. At the UN Headquarters in New York, the HerStory edit-a-thon will be convening 600 participants to edit and write for Wikipedia. The day-long event will include an opening, a Wikipedia 101 brief tutorial, a full day of writing and editing, featured speakers from our partners, breaks for coffee and networking, and a closing speech.
Please sign up for a Wikipedia account before you come to the event
What to bring
- Your laptop (we cannot provide computers for participants; tablets will be difficult to work on for this event)
- a valid photo ID
- a printout of event registration.
For media coverage and information about hosting your own edit-a-thon, please contact Emad Karim at firstname.lastname@example.org with "HerStory Edit-a-thon" in the subject line.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
Online registration for the event does not guarantee entry.
Hard copies of tickets are allocated on a first come, first serve basis at the door (only to people who previously registered online).
Participants without a UN grounds pass should arrive by 9:30 am to the entrance of 46th and 1st avenue (UN Visitor Centre entrance) to receive their entrance pass from the HerStory team and to go through a security check.
The United Nations cannot provide assistance with travel, visa or invitation letters for this event. Emails or correspondence requesting assistance in this regard will not be responded to.
I need assistance in obtaining a visa, invitation letter, or verification that I am attending the event - can you help?
No. The United Nations cannot respond to requests for invite letters or visa letters. An email receipt of your registration will be automatically sent to your email account. This does not constitute an invitation letter.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
All visitors to the United Nations 18 years and older require government-issued photo identification issued by a Member State or an Observer State of the United Nations to enter UN Headquarters. Photo Identification can include a passport, drivers licence or national identify card.
Participants must be over age 18 years. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult, who must also register for the event, indicating the name of the minor they are accompanying.
Do I have to bring my printed registration/ticket to the event?
Please bring a printed copy of your registration and/or a mobile image of the email registration to the event.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
No. Your name must match that which has been registered.
Is there anything I need to know for security?
Participants should arrive at the security entrance at 9:30am.
All participants must go through the security tent of the UN visitors centre, located on 46th and 1st avenue to gain access to the UN.
Full security information can be found here: http://visit.un.org/content/security
The following items are strictly prohibited:
any liquid, including water
cans and bottles
food or beverages
backpacks and bags larger than 14" (35cm) wide x 13" (33cm) high x 4" (10cm) deep
non-aerosol spray (prescriptions for medical needs are permitted)
any pointed object other then pens and pencils (i.e., knives, knitting needles, letter openers, etc.)
electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices
guns, replica guns, ammunition, and fireworks
knives of any size
mace and pepper spray
razors and box cutters
baseball caps and sunglasses cannot be worn during the tour
The following items are allowed:
battery-operated electronic devices, as well as medical devices
cameras, video recorders, or any type of recording device
creams, lotions, or perfumes
strollers (but are not permitted on the tour route)