Submissions/Working on gender representations – what it takes to reach a more “neutral” Wikipedia

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This is an Open submission for Wikimania 2017 that has not yet been reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 2130 - C4
Title of the submission
Working of gender representations – What it takes to reach a more “neutral” Wikipedia.
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
(depending on what other groups are proposing on this topic) Lecture (or pannel/roundtable), followed by a workshop, and posters.
Author of the submission
Lfurter – Loraine Furter
Yayahval – Anne-Valérie Zuber
Kvardek du
Nattes à chat - Natacha Rault
type of submission

Lecture (or panel/roundtable), followed by a workshop, and posters.

Language of presentation

English (and/or French also possible)

E-mail address
Lfurter, Yayahval, Kvardek du and Nattes à chat
Country of origin
Belgium, Switzerland, and France
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Lfurter: board member of Wikimedia Belgium
Yayahval, co-organisator of Art+Feminism/2017/Lausanne
Kvardek du, co-organisator of Art+Feminism/2017/Paris
Nattes à chat, co-organisator of Art+Feminism/2017/Geneva and member of les sans pagEs on Wiki fr
Personal homepage or blog
Website of the project Just For The Record:
Wikipage of the event Art+Feminism/2017/Lausanne:
Wikipage of the event Art+Feminism/2017/Paris:
Wikipage of the event Art+Feminisme/2017/Genève :
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)


Lecture (or panel/roundtable): Gender representations can be observed and practiced at several levels — at the level of who contributes, we know that the representation is quite imbalanced, with only 8,5 to 22.7% of Wikipedia’s contributors identifying as women; at the level of what subjects are represented on Wikipedia, many important women in different fields aren’t represented on Wikipedia (see the Women in Red project, les sans pagEs, among others); at the level of how things are represented, we can observe many bias in how the articles are written, illustrated, linked, categorized… These three levels are similar for other systemic bias, and they concern anyone who edits Wikipedia. This lecture will present methods that we can all use to work towards a more “neutral” Wikipedia.

Workshop: Towards a gender-neutral writing guide. Collaborative editing workshop on a guide to write articles on Wikipedia with a specific attention to gender representations. It was a conclusion to many discussions I attended to that such a guide would be very helpful for any contributor to Wikipedia, new editors as well as more advanced ones. Many guides are published on the topic, so it would be an occasion to bring all this knowledge on Wikipedia and take a step further to close the Gender Gap. Such kind of works are currently going, in French, but needs more involvement from the community.

Posters: Raising awareness on the importance of gender-neutral writing for a project aiming at neutrality like Wikipedia.


  • Conférence (ou panel / table ronde): les représentations de genre peuvent être observées et pratiquées à plusieurs niveaux

- au niveau des personnes qui contribuent: nous savons que la représentation est assez déséquilibrée, avec seulement de 8,5 à 22,7% de personnes contributrices sur Wikipedia identifiées comme femmes

- au niveau de la représentativité sur Wikipedia, beaucoup de femmes importantes dans différents domaines ne sont pas représentées sur Wikipedia (voir le projet Women in Red, le projet les sans pagEs sur WP francophone entre autres)

- au niveau de la forme, nous pouvons observer de nombreux biais de genre dans la façon dont les articles sont écrits, illustrés, liés, catégorisés ...

Ces trois niveaux sont similaires à d'autres biais systémiques et concernent quiconque édite sur Wikipedia.

Cette conférence présentera des méthodes que nous pouvons toutes et tous utiliser pour travailler vers un Wikipedia plus "neutre".

  • Atelier: Vers un guide d'écriture neutre du point de vue du genre. Atelier d'édition collaborative sur un guide pour rédiger des articles sur Wikipedia avec une attention particulière aux représentations de genre. C'était une conclusion à de nombreuses discussions auxquelles j'avais assisté. Un tel guide sera très utile pour toute personne contributrice sur Wikipédia, des novices aussi bien qu'aux personnes les plus avancées. Beaucoup de guides sont publiés sur le sujet, donc ce serait l'occasion d'apporter toutes ces connaissances sur Wikipédia et d'aller plus loin pour fermer le fossé des genrse. De tels types de travaux sont en cours, en français, mais nécessitent davantage de participation de la communauté.
  • Posters: Sensibilisation à l'importance de l'écriture neutre du genre pour un projet visant la neutralité, comme Wikipedia.
What will attendees take away from this session?

A better understanding of the Gender Gap on Wikipedia, and its different aspects and layers + methods to edit Wikipedia in a more gender-neutral way.

Une meilleure compréhension du fossé des genres sur Wikipédia, et ses différents aspects et couches ainsi que des méthodes pour éditer Wikipedia d'une manière plus neutre du point de vue du genre.

Theme of presentation
WikiCulture & Community (?)
Editing questions and tools
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

From beginners to advanced, everyone is welcome!

Des novices aux personnes avancées, toute personne est bienvenue!

Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
Lecture: 30 minutes
Workshop: from 1h to more… (?)
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Yes! At least to meet other people active on the gender gap, and GLAM projects.
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests

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  7. Gabrielle Marie WMCH (talk) 17:42, 23 March 2017 (UTC)Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend Wikimania 2017 but I wish to support this submission having collaborated with the User:Yayahval for gender gap related workshops in SwitzerlandReply[reply]
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