On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the whole world should think of making internet more gender equal, as there is great imbalance on websites, like in society at large.
Today on Wikipedia, the world’s largest online and user-generated encyclopaedia, 90% of the content is created by men, and there are four times more articles about men than there are about women. When it comes to women from Africa, the representation is even worse and African women are much underrepresented.
The Swedish Embassy in Kigali in cooperation with representatives from academia, media, civil society and Wikimedia to highlight women profiles, experts and role models from Rwanda, to increase the number of women represented on Wikipedia and help to make the internet more gender-equal.
According to Jenny Ohlsson, Swedish Ambassador in Kigali, there are many impressive and inspirational Rwandan women that definitely deserve more attention and representation on the world’s largest online encyclopaedia.
By gathering about twenty writers from universities, media and civil society to spend the day writing or editing articles about women from Rwanda, it creates a more gender-equal internet and, in the long run, a more gender-equal world.
Articles can be about women who have had an impact in or outside Rwanda, such as profiles, experts and role models in different fields.
Women and men must have the same power, Swedish Feminist Policy
Jenny Ohlsson, Ambassador at the Swedish Embassy in Kigali says, “ It is a matter of values and rights, but it also a matter of smart strategy. We know that gender equality is a basic condition for peace, security and sustainable development...Leaving the gender perspective outside foreign policy work, means missing the chance to use a strategic tool for peace, stability and development. It is simply not that smart. ”
Sweden has the first feminist government in the world. This means that gender equality is central to the Government’s priorities – in decision-making and resource allocation.
A feminist government ensures that a gender equality perspective is brought into policy-making on a broad front, both nationally and internationally. Women and men must have the same power to shape society and their own lives.
This is a human right and a matter of democracy and justice. Gender equality is also part of the solution to society’s challenges and a matter of course in a modern welfare state – for justice and economic development.
The Swedish Government’s most important tool for implementing feminist policy is gender mainstreaming, of which gender-responsive budgeting is an important component.
“To be a feminist in Sweden basically means: acknowledge that there are differences in how men and women are treated and valued, believe this is wrong, and measures should be taken to correct this injustice”, says Ambassador Jenny Ohlsson