As a community, right from the start of the campaign for our Wiki-Women programs in Nigeria, the  Wikimedia community in the country has been contesting with unfavourable Gender Parity Index ( GPI). This is due largely to the complacency on the part of our leaders to design the right mechanism to foster for this indices.  As a matter of fact, Nigeria as a nation has continually recorded less than one Gender Parity Index, this means that gender parity favours male than female in all the major area of life in our society eg. education, health, government politics, leadership etc.

According to  Africa at LSE a platform for the latest expert analysis on African affairs, placing the continent at the heart of the contemporary global debate, says 49% of Nigeria population is made of women but 4% are Lawmaker. The country also has the lowest number of female parliamentarians in sub-Saharan Africa and ranks 133rd in the world for female political representation. In absolute term as of 2016, 7 out of the 109 Senate seats and 14 out of the 360 House of Representative seats are occupied by women. Apart from politics, the country didn’t  fear better in other aspects of life for example businesses, the report published in 2011 by WIMBIZ, a non profit organization whose mission among other things is to empower Nigerian women, shows that of the 190 listed companies, only 10.5 per cent of board seats were held by women.

As a move to remediate the unfavourable statistics, the Wikimedia Nigeria African Women on Board  ( AWB) and Wiki Women in Red in conjunction with selected female Law-Student from University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos organised “Remarkable Women Series: Edit-a-thon”.  The meeting was designed to achieve the following core objectives:
  • 1. Improving the visibility of Nigerian women through article-writing on Wikipedia.
  • 2. Training of Nigerian female editor on the use of Wikipedia for wiring articles.
African Women on Board (AWB) is a non profit organisation run by African women for African women. Our goal is to amplify African female voices, support African female empowerment, and help to create a world in which African women and girls across all classes including those of the diaspora, are given the tools and resources they need to fully realise their potential.

The newly  created articles by name:

Statistics from  the Outreachdashboard:

  • 6 Articles Create
  • 8 Articles Edited
  • 35 Total Edits
  • 9 Editors
  • 5.37K Words Added
  • 49 Article Views

The training was coordinated by Shola and Ayo from Wikimedia Nigeria.

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