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A woman with a face mask peeks out of the window of her apartment in Tlatelolco, Mexico City, Mexico,” by EneasMx (CC BY-SA 4.0)
COVID-19 and human rights: How to share the facts on Wikipedia
COVID-19 isn’t only a medical issue; it’s a human rights one too.

The pandemic has led to an increase in gender-based violence, prompted harmful acts of racism and xenophobia, and shuttered education systems worldwide.

To successfully respond to the pandemic — and to eventually eradicate it — requires more awareness and more reliable information about COVID-19, its social effects, and its human rights implications.

Wikipedia, the world’s largest, collaborative source of free knowledge, can help fill this need. The platform is more than just an online encyclopedia; it’s a tool for documenting and sharing knowledge about this unprecedented moment in history and the broader issues stemming from COVID-19.

Join the United Nations Human Rights Office and the Wikimedia Foundation for a co-hosted webinar on the role Wikipedia is playing as an essential informational resource during the pandemic, and how you can strengthen Wikipedia’s coverage on the human rights dimensions of COVID-19. Speakers include:

— Peggy Hicks, Director, Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division, UN Human Rights

— Netha Hussain, Wikimedia volunteer; physician and researcher

— Alex Stinson (moderator), Senior Strategist, Community Programs, Wikimedia Foundation

Wikipedia depends on volunteers to share, update, and edit information. Hundreds of millions of people have already turned to the site to learn about the pandemic and related topics.

If you have a passion for free knowledge and human rights, please join us!

Registration is required to attend (see details below). A webinar recording will be shared afterwards for those who can’t attend.

Your information will only be used to register you for the event. Unless you ask to be contacted with further email updates, your information will be deleted within 90 days.

(Photo: “A woman with a face mask peeks out of the window of her apartment in Tlatelolco, Mexico City, Mexico,” by EneasMx (CC BY-SA 4.0).)

Jun 2, 2020 08:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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