Lucy Crompton-Reid discusses Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects in the context of diversity and equality, focusing particularly on the gender gap. Lucy explores the impact of the gender gap on the production and consumption of open knowledge and what Wikimedia UK and the wider global movement is doing to help eradicate bias on one of the leading sources of information in the world.
The vision of Wikipedia is a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. There are now over 5 million articles on the English Wikipedia and over 35 million articles across the whole of Wikipedia, which exists in nearly 300 languages. Created by volunteers, Wikipedia is the only nonprofit in the top 10 most visited websites in the world and one of the leading sources of information globally; however this extraordinary achievement is marred by the ongoing gender gap in terms of both contributors and content.
Lucy outlines some of the issues in terms of gender inequality and bias—including theories about why the gender gap exists—and reports on some of the wide-ranging initiatives to address the gender gap, including community-driven initiatives taking place both locally and globally as well as the work of the UK chapter, Wikimedia UK.
Lucy Crompton-Reid is chief executive of Wikimedia UK, where she is working with the staff team, board of trustees, and wider Wikimedia community to develop a new strategy and business plan for the charity and help shape the work of the programs team. She is also driving forward the organization’s advocacy, communications, and fundraising activities and engaging new strategic partners. Lucy has worked in the cultural, voluntary, and public sectors for nearly two decades, holding senior roles at Arts Council England, the British Refugee Council, and the House of Lords. Most recently, she was chief executive of the national literature charity Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organization for performance poetry and spoken word. Throughout her career, Lucy has had a particular focus on widening participation and brings a strong commitment to learning, public engagement, and diversity in her role at Wikimedia UK.
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