Hack The Gender Gap edit-a-thon January 2019

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This page documents the Hack The Gender Gap edit-a-thon organised in January 2019.

one of the groups editing
One of the participants interviewed by the media



With this edit-a-thon we try to get women better described on Wikipedia.

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New Year, New Goals! And this year we’re aiming high: we want to Hack The Gender Gap.

Wikipedia is the 5th most visited website in the world. It’s simple: we all used it when searching for information about a famous person or a historical event.

But did you know that only 17% of Wikipedia bio’s were about women?

It’s a woefully inaccurate reflection of women’s achievements. And we’ve got great news: you can help.

BeCentral & Wikimedia Belgium are thrilled to invite you to “Hack The Gender Gap”, a unique event where we’ll join forces to add women’s profiles on Wikipedia. And believe us, the feeling you get out is simply BRILLIANT: You learn about some extraordinary kick-ass women and you empower them by recognizing their work.
— from the Eventbrite page
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History and background


Research has shown that there are much less articles about women than men, which is called gendergap. To close this gendergap, over the years many activities have been organised. One of these activities is the Women in Tech edit-a-thon we organised in BeCentral in October 2018 and aimed for making the gendergap smaller concerning women with important positions in the tech industry. This edit-a-thon has led to the start of the Wiki Club Brussels and now the Hack The Gender Gap edit-a-thon.




  1. Boardroom: Romaine + volunteers: Dries, Astrid
  2. LeWagon: Jan + volunteers: Ana, Clementine
  3. CitizenLab: Geert + volunteers: Aline, Maïté, Laurent
  4. BeCode: Paul Hermans + volunteers: Pieter, Michiel




  • GLAM program





The metrics and statistics of this project are:

  • Number of people present with an activity: 74 people
  • Number of newly registered users: 46
  • Number of content pages created/improved: 54
  • Number of edit-a-thons and workshops: 1
  • Number of coaches: 6

Announcements and notices

  • (en) Hack The Gender Gap!   (archived)
  • 9 February 2019 - Report published in the Wikimedia GLAM newsletter This Month in GLAM about the Hack The Gender Gap edit-a-thon   (info | report)

Press coverage