This month on "Visibility":
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#VisibleWikiWomen: 3000 Women’s Photos in the first 50 Days!
The campaign isn’t over yet, but we’re so happy with the results so far, and so grateful to all of you who joined us!
More than 3000 photos of women from around the world have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia and the broader internet! This is thanks to many groups and individuals around the world, including:
Image courtesy of Shobha SV and Padmini, originally posted on Twitter
Podcast Series Episode 3: “On the question of representation and consent: reflections from Bangalore after a Wikipedia edit-a-thon”
In the third episode of the Whose Knowledge? Podcast Series, we interview Shobha SV from Co Media Lab, and Padmini from Design Beku, to learn about their experience leading a #VisibleWikiWomen edit-a-thon in Bangalore.
As the conversation took place, these fierce feminists hit the nail on the head by bringing up larger questions about women's representation online, consent when taking photos, the ways in which visibility in some cases can be problematic, and how much control women do or don’t have over their personal images online.
These issues are critical to making women visible on the Internet, and particularly difficult and complex in a Global South context. We are so grateful that Shobha and Padmini could share their important reflections with all of us, and help make women visible from every part of the world.
The #VisibleWikiWomen campaign wants to make all and every influential women visible on Wikipedia and the internet. But we know that not all women are equally (in)visible. Systemic racism and bias are responsible for making black, brown and indigenous women and their work invisible, unheard and unacknowledged. That’s why we want to center the faces and achievements of women of colors, especially black, brown and indigenous women!
You can share your contributions using the hashtags #VisibleWikiWomen #WomenofColors and any others that make sense in your language and local contexts. Also, remember that Whose Knowledge? has a series of resources to guide and support you in the process of uploading images to the campaign.
Official header of the Dalit History Month collective. Image by Bilqischondol, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
April is Dalit History Month!
Our friends at Dalit History Month are once again organizing their participatory radical history project this April, with the goal of sharing the contributions to history and knowledge from Dalits around the world. Year after year they celebrate and make visible the stories of bold and courageous Dalit women, such as Bhanwari Devi and Behenji Mayawati.
Photographer Mary Osunlane making a portrait of artist Dindga McCannon at Wikipedia editathon at Fisher Fine Art Library at UPenn, Philadelphia with Black Lunch Table. Image by Heathart, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Black Lunch Table’s Portraits of Women Artists
By editing, creating new articles, and training new editors, Black Lunch Table has been filling holes in the documentation of contemporary art history, and increasing visibility for artists of the African Diaspora in Wikipedia since 2014. In 2018 they joined #VisibleWikiWomen as part of our wonderful community of super amigxs and friends. Since then, Black Lunch Table has incorporated a photo initiative into their edit-a-thons, hiring professional photographers to create portraits of women for the campaign. The result is many gorgeous portraits of women artists now with free licences, ready to be used online!
“Last year, when Whose Knowledge? approached us to participate in their first #VisibleWikiWomen campaign it was an easy partnership. The questions they were asking “How can we help to deepen the presence of women online? Why is it important to make women visible online?” echoed our own concerns about artists’ visibility and that of all marginalized groups.”
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