Wiki Loves Women (a project of Wiki in Africa) is a champion of women’s stories. With projects across Africa and the Middle East empowering women with the tools and platforms to be heard, they have accumulated a vault of interesting tales from dynamic women who push the boundaries of what it means to build community and succeed as a collective. These are the stories and ideas behind successful African women that will be shared in the Inspiring Open podcast. From tech gurus to authors, educators to activists, the Inspiring Open podcast draws wisdom and insights from women who intersect the ‘open movement’ and inspire with their thoughts and actions.
Even globally, the voices of women remain underrepresented. The 6th Global Media Monitoring Project (2020) revealed that between 2015 and 2020, the proportion of subjects and sources in the media who were women increased from just 24% to 25% . This 1 percent improvement is the first since 2010 and is most visible in broadcast news media. Inspiring Open is hosted by Betty Kankam-Boadu, co-founder of the Ghana Women Experts project that promotes women’s voices for commentary in the media. Says Kankam-Boadu, “Despite all the things in this world designed to see women as afterthoughts, we don’t have to buy into that. There are no limits and there should be none in our quest to change the world. Inspiring Open reinforces the fact we don’t have to do it alone because there’s beauty in bringing many people along in the process of making the change we seek.”
Inspiring Open was created and produced by Wiki In Africa’s Isla Haddow-Flood and Florence Devouard. It was funded through the International Relief Fund for Organisations in Culture and Education 2021, an initiative of the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut, and other partners. Wiki In Africa is supported by the Wikimedia Foundation. Says Haddow-Flood, “We are actively finding channels and tools to unlock the voices of women in Africa. There are such terrible stereotypes about African women, including the idea that they don’t contribute to the economy, world of work, new ideas, and development, in this podcast series, we aim to disprove that myth and shine a light on women who are bringing ‘open’ principles, generosity and community to their work.”