IIT Delhi Hosts Edit-a-Thon to Tackle Gender Disparity on Wikipedia; Check Details Here

IIT Delhi Hosts Edit-a-Thon to Tackle Gender Disparity on Wikipedia; Check Details Here

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New Delhi, Updated on Jul 10, 2024 18:10 IST

IIT Delhi, in partnership with the Office of Academic Outreach and New Initiatives (ONI), organised a "Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon" to address gender disparities. Know details here

IIT Delhi Hosts Edit-a-Thon

IIT Delhi Hosts Edit-a-Thon

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, through its Initiative for Gender Equity and Sensitisation (IGES), and in collaboration with the Institute’s Office of Academic Outreach and New Initiatives (ONI), organised a "Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon" on July 5, 2024, aimed at addressing gender disparities.

Students from various schools in Delhi, including girls participating in the STEM Mentorship Programme organized by IIT Delhi, school students from Abu Dhabi, UAE, and students from Kendriya Vidyalaya, JNU, New Delhi, actively participated in content creation during the Edit-a-Thon.

According to a recently published thought-provoking article in Nature (https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01456-x), currently, only about 19% of the English-language Wikipedia's 1.5 million biographies feature women. In line with these insights, the event aimed at addressing gender disparities on Wikipedia was organised.

The event provided an opportunity for students from various demographics and schools to come together, fostering collaboration and the exchange of ideas. The enthusiasm and dedication of the young participants were truly inspiring.

The Edit-a-Thon at IIT Delhi tackled the urgent issue of gender disparity while nurturing a collaborative spirit aimed at cultivating a more equitable digital landscape. The event's success was underscored by the strong sense of community and shared purpose among participants, providing a promising glimpse into the future of digital inclusivity.

The event also proved a platform to celebrate the accomplishments of the IIT Delhi female faculty members and an opportunity to recognize their contributions and inspire future generations. It also aimed to create and expand profiles of the Institute’s female faculty members on Wikipedia.

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