What's up with Wiki Loves Women?
Wiki Loves Women continues to celebrate African women with the launch of a new #SheSaid WikiQuote drive, while the first series of our Inspiring Open podcast continues to gain popularity as we near the final episode of the season.
With guests in a wide range of fields, from the creative, to the cultural curators and tech wizards in the Open space, Inspiring Open is an enlightening and entertaining journey through the lives of Africa's boldest female changemakers.
Our latest guest on Inspiring Open is Mulenga Kapwepwe, an award-winning author and playwright from Zambia. In September we spoke to Jane-Frances Obiageli Agbu, a therapist who uses her open ethos to heal the world around her, and Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah about sex, sexuality and inviting pleasure into your life. This week, we will chat with Ugandan writer and editor Hilda Twongyeirwe.
You can listen to any of the episodes via the Inspiring Open website or subscribe on any podcast platform so you never miss a dose of inspiration from Africa's most phenomenal women.
Wiki Loves Women first launched the #SheSaid campaign on Wikiquote in October 2020. By the 5th of January 2021, the campaign resulted in 867 new or improved articles (the majority were new) across 7 languages. The second edition was an even greater success, with over 1,500 Wikiquote entries created. The aim of SheSaid is to redress the imbalance of gender representation on Wikiquote.
Would you like to join our global #SheSaid campaign and help to balance the representation of gender in the entries of Wikiquote? All the info you need to get your favourite notable quotes by women you admire onto WikiQuote is on our Wiki Loves Women/She Said meta page.
WikiChallenge African Schools has the attention of the French Press!
The WikiChallenge African Schools competition, run annually in French speaking African schools, is aimed at children aged 9–12. The goal is to teach them how knowledge is formed as they write articles about their immediate environment and contribute these articles to Vikidia. This year, schools from nine countries participated. The winners were announced in July and can be seen on our Vikidia Meta Page.
Meanwhile, a wave of excitement ran through the WikiChallenges African Schools team, currently preparing to launch the 2023 competition, and the rest of the Wiki in Africa crew with three recent mentions in the French press. The Orange Foundation has scheduled a big push in Le Monde in the near future. Presently, two articles mention the project in l'Etudiant here and here.
We're thrilled, and hope you'll continue to support this vital project.