Mumbai, March 25, 2019: The Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai and S.P. Mandali’s Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (WeSchool) collaborated with Wikimedia to highlight women profiles, experts and role models from India on March 20, 2019. As part of the activity, WeSchool students came together in a Wikipedia edit-a-thon.
The one-day workshop encouraged students to contribute to Wikipedia pages with information about women leaders, opinion makers, and role models, to resonate with Sweden’s strong thrust on gender equality. As a result of this initiative, 35 students worked in groups to add 102 edits, elaborating articles about Indian women on Wikipedia in a span of three hours. With this workshop, we have taken a step towards increasing the number of women represented on Wikipedia and the internet, making it more gender-equal.
Wikipedia is the world’s largest online and user-generated encyclopedia. However, the Wikimedia Foundation conducted its first semi-annual Wikipedia survey in April 2011, suggesting that 9% of Wikipedia editors were women. The figures may vary regionally, but the picture is the same across the world: the information about women is less extensive than that about men.
Adding to the event, Mrs. Ulrika Sundberg, Consul General of Sweden said, “Sweden is the first country in the world with a feminist foreign policy based on the ambition to strengthen women's rights, representation, and resources. The #WikiGap initiative is part of this policy that gives us an opportunity to recognize the achievements of women in politics, business, science, education, civil society, community service, journalism and other sectors who have made an immense contribution to their chosen field. However, we do not see them adequately represented on Wikipedia. The Consulate General of Sweden, Mumbai is proud to be hosting WikiGap 2019 with the Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research. It is the second session of the WikiGap event that the Consulate General of Sweden, Mumbai is hosting this month to close the gender gap on Wikipedia and the internet.”
Speaking about the event, Prof. Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, WeSchool said, “I must congratulate the Consulate General of Sweden, Mumbai for taking steps in increasing the contribution by women and for women related topics on Wikipedia and the internet. The online platforms are becoming increasingly popular and equally resourceful in terms of knowledge. The representation of women in the digital world must inspire other women in showcasing their talent in their areas of interest. From a B-School perspective, gender equality is important in the management education sector as much as in the other sectors of business and government offices. An initiative of this nature across campuses can have a phenomenal impact in empowering women to take the lead online."
This event is a part of the global #WikiGap campaign, originally launched by Wikimedia Sweden and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. So far, over 60 countries have taken part in #WikiGap. More than 1,800 participants have added or updated more than 13,000 Wikipedia articles on prominent women in more than 30 different languages.
About the Consulate General of Sweden:
Established in September 2012, the jurisdiction of the Swedish Consulate General covers Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Goa. The Consulates major role in India is to develop finer insights into the Indian system through a gamut of institutions and representatives from varied industries and the regional government. Its prime aim is to broaden and deepen this coalition with special emphasis on trade and investments. It also focuses on spreading information on how Swedish innovations, technologies, and services could benefit India. The Consulate works extremely closely with Business Sweden to help liaise and increase business contacts between Swedish companies within specific strategic industries, such as Energy & Environmental Technology, Health Care & Life Science and ICT.
Among India’s top business schools, WeSchool is a pioneering management education institution with emphasis on design-led innovative management education for shaping vision and mission of global citizen leadership. WeSchool strongly believes in integrating the philosophy of ‘leadership’ and ‘innovation’, and nurtures students with a holistic view on the socio-economic-political matters with a coherent and strategic approach towards problem-solving. Keeping design and innovation its core, WeSchool endeavors to provide newer avenues to students towards achieving excellence in all sphere of life and nurture them to become Global Citizen Leaders. WeSchool’s philosophy is about using the collective wisdom of “WE” to nurture insightful thinking and inspire action based leadership.