Participants needed for Vancouver's 2017 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon events to address gender imbalance

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      Each March, art and feminist communities in cities around the world gather to participate in an annual Art+Feminism's Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.

      The international event is aimed at counteracting the gender imbalance in Wikipedia's entries for art. It is also intended to help increase the number of female contributors to Wikipedia, which has been male dominated.

      Participants of all gender identities and expressions are welcome to attend the sessions that are designed to address the underrepresentation of female-identified artists, feminist art movements, and scholars. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend.

      While the first event was held today at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, there are two more events coming up.

      The second local event will be held on March 18 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (1825 Main Mall, UBC). In collaboration with UBC art history and visual art instructor Christine D'Onofrio, this session will be a part of the Belkin Art Gallery's Beginning With the Seventies research initiative into the 1970s when social movements for feminism, environmentalism, LGBT rights, and more began.

      The third event will be held at Western Front (303 East 8th Avenue) on March 19 from noon to 5 p.m.

      No experience is necessary as help will be provided for Wikipedia beginners. Reference material, childcare (must be reserved in advance), and refreshments will also be provided.

      What participants need to bring are laptops, power cords, and ideas for entries that either need creation or updating.

      For more information about the event, as well as to check out a list of notable individuals without Wikipedia entries or in need of expanded entries, visit this Wikipedia webpage.