Hear about events and opportunities related to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).
WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON July 8, 2021
Bridging the Digital Gender Gap in Ocean Science
Although women and non-binary persons are under-represented in ocean sciences, their accomplishments are even less represented, in both print media and online. As part of the Ocean Decade Laboratory on an “Inspiring and Engaging Ocean,” volunteers were gathered to participate in a virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to help bridge this digital gender gap.
As part of the event, participants received training for editing Wikipedia and heard from leaders in ocean science about the importance of promoting women and people from underrepresented communities online, in order to create examples for aspiring future scientists and to generate support for those already in the field.
Approximately 40 participants from 15 countries (and all populated continents!) created and edited articles during the event, adding over 2400 words and 27 references to Wikipedia to celebrate women in ocean science.
This event was a partnership between Ingenium, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and the Marine Technology Society.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and Ingenium are marking the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development by celebrating the contributions of women and those who identify as non-binary in STEM.