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WikiWomenCamp 2012 : An Indian's perspective

At the WikiWomenCamp 2012, I was lucky to be able to look into the problems faced by women in India in volunteering. This is a summary of issues about India discussed at the camp. The insights I provided were on the diversity of languages and cultures in India, and how one language Wikiproject differs from the other in terms of culture, and how it is reflected in the article writing styles. I also mentioned about the outreach programs that are being successfully conducted in India through social media and universities mainly aiming students enthusiastic about working with free knowledge projects. The traditionally assigned gender role of women in India is to look after the household and rear children. With the passage of time, educated women started to get employed and started having finances of their own, but most of them still continue to fulfill the gender roles in addition to their career, leaving very little time for volunteering. The gender gap that exists in the global Wikimedia community has its reflections in India also. Although the number of women volunteers from India working with Wikimedia is rising overtime, their number is far less than that of male volunteers. With the IndiaEducation Program, many new women have ventured into Wikiprojects as CampusAmbassadors, but their number is far lesser than men.

The conference looked into various cultural aspects of volunteering. The gender issues differed according to culture and geography. The experiences shared by the WikiWomen were very valuable and were documeted on meta wiki.

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