In Argentina, women older than 60 years, are 15% of the population. Out of 6 million elderly, they represent 53%. For these women, many things have changed over the years. For example, they do not stay in house to maintain their families, but looks for ways to get involved into socially valued activities. For these women, Wikipedia could be an option for spending the free time they have, to get involved into an interactive comminity, and to contribute to the global knowledge sharing.
After three das of discussions at WikiWomen Camp 2012, there is a long list of possible "reasons" or factors that would possibly influence female participation and contribution to Wikipedia. The big question: why just 9-10% of contributors tend to be women? The fact that women represent about half of the Internet users, and yet, about half of the Wikipedia readers, leaves us surprised about the fact that very few of them feel concerned into building, maintaining and enriching the knowledge collected by Wikipedians.
Digital art & photography professor Lila Pagola from the University of Villa María, has figured an interesting way to make the work of students valued, visible, and most importantly - useful.
While they are having mid and end-term assignements, related to history of photography in Argentina, their tasks are to research, study and summarize a complete biography of Argentinian photographers from the past centuries. "This leaves a trace of their work, and made in the right way, creates important archive on the web about people who are historically known in Argentina, but their work and life are not visible on the Internet."
WikiWomen will be organised as an OpenSpace. The open space is a special type of (un)conference, focussed on a particular topic, where all the participants are actually contributors & decision-makers. There are no special guests/speakers, no passive listeners. The aim is to stress on the skills and expertise of the participants, and to involve all of them in an equal way.
Between 23 and 25 May 2012, the first WikiWomenCamp 2012 will be organized in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The conference is a three day women-only conference, aiming to discuss the gender issues concerning the Wikipedia contribution and growth. Facilitated by Anne Goldenberg in English and Spanish, the format of the conference will be an open-space.
WikiWomenCamp initiated as an initiative aiming to open up opportunities for women to get together, learn from each other's experience, network with other women who can assist them in meeting their goals and share passions, and discuss issues related to being women involved in the wider Wikipedia (and wiki) community with similar like-minded women.