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Women Writers Day
Women Writers Day
For second consecutive year we organized together with the National Library of Spain the Wikipedia editathon #DíaDeLasEscritoras (Women Writers Day), to improve the contents about writers in the free encyclopedia. The event took place on Saturday, October 14 between 10am and 6pm uninterruptedly and the goal was to reduce the gender gap in Wikipedia by making women writers from the Hispanic and Latin American world and their literary legacy visible.
Resources and bibliography were available to write the articles following the principles of citation of sources and verifiability of Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Spain guided the participants during the editing process and helped to take their first steps in the project. A total of 30 articles were edited, 17 of them were new, and 22 people participated, 18 of which were women.
The activity was part of the celebrations of the Women Writers Day, an initiative of the National Library of Spain, the Clásicas y Modernas Association and the Spanish Federation of Women Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs (FEDEPE), which emerged in 2016 and is conceived to remember the cultural legacy of women writers and the difficulties that have prevented, throughout history, a fair development and recognition of their work. On October 16, the first Monday following the festivity of Teresa de Jesus (October 15), took place the second edition of this Day, for the second consecutive year and under the motto Women, knowledge and power.
Beside the editathon, images related to the event were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons to build a collective and complete account of the event. It was a participative activity that adds a face-to-face dimension to the online task of the volunteers. They edited Wikipedia, which, in addition to providing socialization to the Wikipedia community, made it possible to give visibility to this topic before public opinion and reduce the gender gap in the free encyclopedia.