Wikigender University: About
Launched by the OECD Development Centre on 8 March 2008, Wikigender is YOUR interactive online tool that covers a broad range of gender issues, while also focusing on statistics and measurements. The site belongs to the gender community, anyone can join and take an active part in the project.
Wikigender has more than 1500 articles maintained by over 2400 users coming from over 170 countries. Regularly updating and adding to the information available on Wikigender is critical to its success and relevance.
While much of this work is done by our community of users, the OECD Development Centre has also established a programme with Paris-based universities that engages students in adding articles, doing outreach and benefitting from the networking opportunities provided by Wikigender.
Wikigender University is currently comprised of:
- Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA,
- Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok, Thailand,
- Centre for Women's Studies, University of Hyderabad in India,
- CIDE in Mexico City, Mexico,
- The Institut d'Etudes Politiqes (Sciences-Po) in Paris, and
- The American University of Paris.
Given its success, Wikigender University is in the process of expanding the current programme to selected universities, in both developed and developing countries, to enhance the range of perspectives and information that is available on Wikigender.
Wikigender University aims to:
- Actively engage students in the development of this gender equality platform.
- Bring together a range of universities to foster networking possibilities among students and academics, thereby extending the network of Wikigender users.
- Enhance opportunities for building capacity in gender research, information sharing, social networking, IT and editorial skills.
- Challenge perceptions and help promote gender equality and women's empowerment.
Via the wiki platform, Wikigender University is a programme that can be used as a tool for grading the level of participation of the students, but also as a proxy for class participation or least an indicator of who is participating more: each article has a history tool that allows the user to see who contributed to the article, when, and what the changes were.
How to get involved?
You can become involved with Wikigender University in several ways, from bringing Wikigender editing work into one of your gender-related courses at the university, to starting a group project on a specific theme (i.e. Violence Against Women) with Wikigender, and more. In return, Wikigender University can help increase the visibility of your academic courses and help your students learn about gender issues, connect with others working in this field and develop links between universities and research institutes.
If you are interested in becoming part of the Wikigender University project, or if you would like to know more, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are open to your suggestions and ideas!
- Wikigender University
- Wikigender University: Smith College
- Wikigender University: Srinakharinwirot University,
- Wikigender University: Centre for Women's Studies, University of Hyderabad,
- Wikigender University: CIDE,
- Wikigender University: Sciences-Po
- Wikigender University: American University of Paris
- Wikigender University: Training
- Wikigender University: Student articles