CARE is changing the story: Making women equally represented and valued

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#ChangetheStory

CARE partners with Wikimedia UK and Women In Red to make sure women are equally represented and equally valued. 

Because when we change the story about women, we change the story for women.

#ChangeTheStory on women’s representation.

Like and share our #ChangeTheStory posts and use the #ChangeTheStory hashtag on your social.  

This year CARE International UK, Wikimedia UK and Women In Red are joining forces to #ChangeTheStory on women’s representation. This campaign focuses on the unequal representation of women in different areas of society, elevating women’s voices and celebrating women’s accomplishments.

Why women’s representation matters to CARE

Women and girls are disproportionately impacted by humanitarian emergencies and poverty, yet they are central to solutions. Women who are on the front lines of emergencies must be equally represented at the decision-making tables that affect them: at home, in their community and at national and global level. This is the fundamental thread that runs through CARE’s work. Whether she is tackling the impacts of the climate crisis in her community, helping her family survive the aftermath of war, representing her country at sport or running for election. Women’s visibility matters, everywhere and at every level.

Wikipedia’s influence over society’s understanding of history, cultures and individual achievements is undeniable as the eighth most visited website in the world. Too often, women’s achievements are not given the same credit or recognition as those of men as only 20% of biographies are about women.

This year CARE International UK, Wikimedia UK and Women In Red are joining forces to #ChangeTheStory on women’s representation. This campaign focuses on the unequal representation of women in different areas of society, elevating women’s voices and celebrating women’s accomplishments.


Edinburgh Festival


Did you know that only 15% of stand-up comedians on Wikipedia are women? Throughout the Edinburgh festival this August, we’ll be highlighting the lack of representation of women in the arts. Women In Red are organising a free editathon to increase the number of women and non-binary performers on Wikipedia. Learn how to be a Wikipedia editor and Change The Story for women and girls.

 

Women’s Euros

As the women’s Euros kicked off, our first area of focus was the recognition and celebration of women’s sporting achievements.  Currently, there are more entries on Wikipedia about football and male footballers than there are about women in their entirety. It’s time to #ChangeTheStory.

Women at G7

Despite crises and disasters acutely affecting women and girls, women are wholly underrepresented in political leadership and decision-making positions. Only 10 countries currently have a female head of state and only 13 countries have a woman head of government. Now, with the absence of Angela Merkel, this G7 will be the first summit without a female representative from a nation-state for 17 years.

#ChangeTheStory by ensuring women’s voices are heard at the G7.

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GET INVOLVED

Like and share our #ChangeTheStory posts and use the #ChangeTheStory hashtag on your social.  

Learn more about Women In Red and sign up as a Wikipedia editor to help “write the wrongs” on gender representation on Wikipedia.

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