Feminism and Folklore is an international writing contest organized at Wikipedia annually in the month of February and March to document folk cultures and women in folklore in different regions of the world on Wikipedia. This project is the Wikipedia edition of the photography campaign Wiki Loves Folklore (WLF) (link) organized on Wikimedia Commons to document folklore traditions around the world.
This year’s edition ran as an independent campaign of the Open Heritage Foundation which saw countries from South Asia, Africa and North America and anonymous groups and regions globally improving and creating wikipedia articles related to feminism and folklore from around the world.
About the Campaign
Feminism and Folklore campaign is focused on Folklore and Women in Folklore, women biographies and gender-focused topics for the project in league with Wiki Loves Folklore gender gap focus with folk culture theme on Wikipedia. Where folklore here meant – around the world, including, but not limited to folk festivals, folk dances, folk music, folk activities, folk games, folk cuisine, folk wear, fairy tales, folk plays, folk arts, folk religion, mythology, etc.
The theme “Women in folklore” – included and was not limited to, women and queer personalities in folklore, folk culture (folk artists, folk dancers, folk singers, folk musicians, folk game athletes, women in mythology, women warriors in folklore, witches and witch hunting, fairy tales and more).
About 16 language communities collaborated in the campaign and 4901 articles covering the regional personalities and mythology were successfully created and improved as shown here (add link to results table).
Generally, this saw a whipping number of contributions from over 116 users across South Asia and Africa.
However, It was also exciting to know that some participants were able to improve their writing skills via this campaign.
STORIES FROM A PARTICIPANT
How a mother, Engineer, Wikisource editor, Wikipedia editor more ever spine of Bengali folklore Wikipedia organiser played a pivotal role amidst her responsibilities to grow with equal importance during March April
She is the first winner of Bengali Wikisource editing with the British Council too. All were in the same month. As a jury she did not reject articles, she corrected then accepted.
Meta page here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Feminism_and_Folklore_2021
Blog written by Joy Agyepong — Coordinator Feminism and Folklore 2021