While the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia stands as one of the most popular sources of information worldwide, it suffers from a glaring lack of representation when it comes to women and their remarkable achievements. In a thought-provoking episode of the Europeans podcast, the hosts delved into the pervasive issue of gender bias on Wikipedia.
During the podcast, special guest Rebecca O’Neill shed light on the underrepresentation of women on Wikipedia and the efforts being made to address this issue. O'Neill is project coordinator for the Wikipedia Community Ireland and is involved in the Frisian/ Irish/ Basque Erasmus+ WikiWomen project, in which Mercator/Fryske Akademy is also partner.
Preservation of minority languages
The podcast discussion also touched upon another crucial aspect of Wikipedia’s impact – the preservation of minority languages. By providing a platform for documenting and sharing information in these languages, Wikipedia helps to safeguard their vitality and cultural heritage.
Listen to the podcast here: Wikipedia's Missing Women — The Europeans (europeanspodcast.com)