Online content for Namibia is a key concern, and it is also one of our founding aims. When ISOC global’s Women’s Special Interest Group (SIG) reached out with this global outreach initiative, our chapter was only too pleased to partake. The aim of the initiative was to edit profiles of women on the Wikipedia platform within 24 hours, preferably in local languages and the editing needed to be done by women. With this initiative, the chapter collected about 25 profiles of women leaders in the ICT industry in Namibia, featuring women founders, pioneers, entrepreneurs and developers. This is in recognition of their roles in the technology and internet space. For us an opportunity to add more Namibian content online was a bonus. Eleven women came together for this editathon, which received support from the Wikipedia Foundation, through quick refresher on-the-spot training and supply of t-shirts by its Ambassador in Namibia, Peter Gallert of NUST.
ISOC Namibia further seeks to localize this idea and spread it across all other fields, but firstly to finalise editing profiles on hand, through a locally coordinated edit-a-thon. This was done primarily to highlight the importance of having local female role models documented and available for the world and generations to emulate. This activity, complements the Internet Governance best practice on Women
Event: WIKIPEDIA WOMEN EDITATHON
Date: 24 APRIL 2018