GLAM/Newsletter/March 2023/Contents/Switzerland report
Swiss GLAM Programme
Knowledge Equity in GLAM
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
The Wikimedia CH GLAM Lead, Sandra Becker, and the WMCH GLAM Experte, Amandine Cabrio, took part as volunteers to the first week of the CSW67. They enjoyed a lot of great talks and conferences. The main point was the importance of the education and empowerment of women and girls in the digital revolution we are currently ongoing.
We gave a talk the 7th March, in the side event program, focuses on the topic “Knowledge Equity in GLAM”. Our talk raised the gender and representative gaps in both GLAM institutions and the Wikimedia Projects. Statistics show that women, Asian and African are underrepresented in the Wikimedia Projects and in the GLAM areas, producing knowledge bias. After a workshop with the participants, we concluded that:
- It is paramount that we team together, cooperate and ally with each other to bridge the gender and representation gaps. Only in bringing together the Community, GLAM institutions, associations, etc. we will be able to address all this challenges;
- We must empower women, bring them education and keep them safe, whatever the context. We also must support African and Asian people to the Wikimedia Projects and encourage them to contribute and share. We must take in account the differences in their culture and knowledge sharing;
- We have to take in account the sensibilities and diversities of every culture when we bring them to the table. Respect and understanding must be our guiding lines. Some knowledges are not made to be shared;
- We ought to collect and share more systematically data, knowledge of all culture, even the smallest one. But it is impossible to make general projects. We must take in account the specificities of the culture.
Swiss GLAM Wiki Group
Wikimedia CH has continued organizing information and knowledge exchanges for or by GLAM professionals that edit Wikimedia projects.
At a national level, we have continued to organize our WikiGLAM meetings. The first 2023 meeting was the 15th March. We met our GLAM partners online and presented our 2023-2028 GLAM Program Strategy.
The feedback we received are allowing us to strengthen our strategy and take the needs of the Swiss GLAM area in account.
Event in the Photo Elysee Museum
LesSansPages is an association who works on increasing the presence of women on the Wikimedia projects, as contributor but also the make women and women's issue more visible.
They organized a very successful workshop the 11th March at the Photo Elysee Museum. The goal was to create and improve article around women photographers. For more information about this workshop, you can read this page (in French). And for the results, see this dashboard.
15 Days of French women writers
Les SansPages also organised a workshop the 25th March in the Town Library of Meyrin around French women's writer to create and improve contents in the Wikimedia projects. The participants enjoyed a photo safari in the town to create special content for Wikimedia Commons and then they took part to an editathon in the afternoon.
You can have a look at the program here.
The Noircir Wikipedia project joined the event and made great contributions about African women author in Wikidata. More about the work done here .