1873 Network #Wiki4Her Campaign
Knowledge is both a resource and an investment, and like all other forms of wealth, it is often deferentially 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.
The 1873 Network #Wiki4Her is a programme adapted from and contributing to the #HerStory Campaign run by Empower Women (UN Women) on https://www.empowerwomen.org/en/campaigns/herstory
The 1873 Network #Wiki4Her serves a special purpose vehicle to capacitate as many editors as possible so that the African woman’s story can be told to the world. This is a programme geared to the preservation of wisdom and perpetuation of the African woman’s legacy.
Why does closing the gender knowledge gap and Wikipedia matter?
As clearly articulated during the Empower Women Edit-a-Thons held on World Youth Day, on the 12th of August 2016, it is important that we all close the gender gap, especially on strategic information dissemination portals like Wikipedia which have an effect on how we consume and generate knowledge.
With a better understanding of the way women and girls live their lives, and the specific inequalities and injustices that hold them back every day, communities can identify the challenges and fix them. Recognizing the contribution of women through history can defy the current stereotypes about women and provide positive models for girls and the world. Gathering and analysing data makes the invisible women more visible.
Wikipedia editors have real implications on millions of users daily as it the sixth-most-visited website on the Internet and over 1,796,235 sites share links to Wikipedia pages. The emergence of interactive crowdsourced information may help in closing the knowledge gap as essential knowledge and information is now accessible to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and in all corners of the globe. The current content on the Internet is created by everyday people, for everyday people. Closing the gender gap requires first closing the data gap as a foundational step.
1873 #Wiki4Her Edit-a-Thon
As Wikipedia compiles what represents close to the sum of all human knowledge, women should be recognized as part of that sum. The 1873 Network, MathsGenius Leadership Institute (MGLI), Wikimedia South Africa 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 initiative aligns with UN Women’s youth strategy that focuses on strengthening the leadership of young women in all spheres, economic empowerment and skills development of young women and promoting action on ending violence against young women and girls. It calls for investing in young women’s knowledge development and young women led knowledge creation.
If you believe in the notion of online and offline 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 the 1873 Network #Wiki4Her edit-a-thons to close the gender knowledge gap on the 28th of October 2017. Our 1873 Network #Wiki4Her volunteers have already started to compile profiles of women who have made a difference in our history and this work will be highlighted on Wikipedia as well. Join the 1873 Network #Wiki4Her edit-a-thon to contribute, promote, and celebrate women of the world. Make sure you are going to be an agent of this historical change.
About the Edit-a-thon
The 1873 Network #Wiki4Her edit-a-thon will be held on October 29th at 325 Rivonia Boulevard, Sandton, and Johannesburg, South Africa. The edit-a-thon is expected to convene 200 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.
This Edit-a-thon is the beginning of multiple planned events dedicated to this campaign all over Africa to increase the coverage of women's topics on Wikipedia and to encourage more women to edit Wikipedia. This event is supported by MathsGenius Leadership Institute (MGLI), Amai Capital, the South African Wikipedia volunteer community, and thousands of volunteers and initiatives from all over the world. Partner organizations and professional volunteers will provide resources, mentors, and technology to help guide newer editors through the process. 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).
Reserve a spot and make a difference in Africa.
- Your laptop (we cannot provide computers for participants; tablets and smart phones are not recommended to edit on Wikipedia)
- Name of a woman that inspired you to write an article about her or add more information to the existing article on Wikipedia. Check this list if your need inspiration.
- 9:00 am: Arrival
- 9:30 am: Start of Programme
- 5:00 pm: End of Programme
Date: 29 October 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 5 pm South African Time (GMT+2)
Address: African Heritage House, 325 Rivonia Boulevard, Rivonia, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
Contact: Edzai Zvobwo
About The 1873 Network
THE 1873 NETWORK is a not for profit, non-partisan organization duly registered in terms of the laws of South Africa to represent the interests of members who include individuals and corporate members, organized into a global community, sharing a common passion and desire to build a new African identity focusing on returning Africa to its 1873 pre-colonial state, united in personality and character.
The patriotism of members of the network knows no geographical but only African values-based limits. This is a network of persons of African heritage including any other person who believes that freedom, respect of the rule of law, choice and knowledge can provide reliable bridges to prosperity.
Our members are African values-based patriots. We are a member driven organization that seeks to foster values-based on action-oriented leadership in Africa especially in the corporate sphere of human endeavors.
To give members a platform to: be inspired, discover, be equipped, associate/connect and share their experiences (IDEAS). The Network is established to support the emergence of the next generation of African State and Non-State Actors in business, politics and civil society who are effective, values-driven and enlightened through knowledge and shared experiences.
To be the world’s largest Afrocentric network.
The principles of THE 1873 NETWORK may be expressed by this Creed:
The 1873 Network values:
WE BELIEVE THAT:
- All men are created equal. They are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these are liberty, life and pursuit to happiness. The individual is a driver of change.
- Life has no meaning and purpose without faith in the Creator.
- The sovereignty of nations is less important than the brotherhood of man.
- Economic freedom can best be won by sovereign humans through a market system.
- To secure the intended rights of men, governments are instituted among men and they derive their just powers from the consent, acquiescence and silence of the governed.
- The true purpose of business and human life is to serve humanity.
- The rule of law is more important than the rule of man.
- The Creator’s material endowments can only have value through human effort.
The main objects of the THE 1873 NETWORK are:
- To identify, document and showcase Africa’s corporate rich heritage;
- To provide a platform for the exchange of ideas, experiences and insights on Africa’s challenges and opportunities;
- To be an advocate for the interests of members on issues that are critical to raise the corporate flag of Africa;
- To promote the participation of Africans in shaping and defining the agenda for action to make Africa live up to its promise;
- To assist in building Africa’s capacity to fund the documentation of its own case studies that can then be used to enhance financial and corporate literacy;
- To identify, strengthen and motivate African people to enter the corporate market;
- To engage the energy and the talent of the young and emerging leaders in Africa in order to release their potential to build a good society for all people;