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Summary

  1. Finale of BBC 100 Women season features international edit-a-thon #100WomenWiki
  2. Highest number of entries about women added to Wikipedia in a single event, with more than 400 new or updated profiles
  3. Figures before the event show around 17% of notable profiles on Wikipedia are of women
  4. Just 15% of Wikipedia's volunteer editors are female
  5. 'Really important' to get more women involved, says Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales

Live Reporting

By Nalina Eggert, Sarah Buckley, Josephine McDermott, Jasmine Taylor-Coleman and Harry Low

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for following our record-breaking finale

We're bringing the live coverage of the BBC and Wikipedia joint edit-a-thon to a close now. It's been a great day that has seen lots of fascinating women being added to the world's best known online encyclopaedia.

It's even broken records for the highest number of entries about women added to Wikipedia in a single event, with many more new profiles to come.

The edit-a-thon was also the finale of this year's three-week 100 Women season - you can read all our coverage here.

And don't forget you can follow us @100women on Twitter and on Facebook.

Christine and the Queens, Cat Hulbert among profiles getting updates

Our colleagues in Washington DC are adding and updating a long list of Wikipedia profiles as we speak. Among those being worked on are American professional gambler Cat Hulbert, who's described how she got rich beating male opponents, controversial bullfighter Conchi Rios, and Heloise Letissier, aka Christine and the Queens. 

All three are on the BBC's list of inspirational and influential women for 2016.

Speaking to the BBC's Sarah Montague as part of the 100 Women season, Heloise Letissier talked about pansexuality and gender. And here's the interview:

100 Women 2016: Christine and the Queens on being pansexual

Welcome to Wikipedia Judi Aubel

Journalists in the BBC's Washington bureau just added Judi Aubel on Wikipedia. 

She is an American social entrepreneur and the executive director of The Grandmother Project, a non-profit that works to improve the lives of women and children by focusing on the power of grandmothers. 

She's one of BBC's 2016 100 women.

Here's her shiny new page. 

Judi Aubel
BBC
Judi Aubel believes grandmothers play a special role in communities around the world

The buzz at the hub of the action

The BBC's Nuala McGovern reports from the centre of London's New Broadcasting House on the edit-a-thon that's got people talking and typing. 

BBC 100 Women 2016: Season ends with Wikipedia edit-a-thon in 13 countries

Meghan Markle nominates Wikipedia entry

Actress, activist and girlfriend of Prince Harry Meghan Markle nominates Suhani Jalota, the founder of an organisation that employs young women in India. 

100 Women card showing Meghan Markle
BBC

Find out more about Myna Mahila's foundation here

Kenyan rights campaigner added

Fatuma Ali Saman is a teacher and important figure in the fight for the rights of women and their representation in Kenya.   

She has been pushing for change to the Kenya police, which has been accused of human rights violation in the past.

Here's her page, created by the BBC Swahili team in Nairobi.

Fatuma Ali Saman
Layli Foroudi

Cardiff students help women take their place

Record-breaking day!

BBC’s 100 Women edit-a-thon has broken records for the highest number of entries about women added to Wikipedia in a single event.

That's according to Wikimedia UK, the UK arm of the charity responsible for Wikipedia.

Heat map
Google
A heat map showing 100 Women tweet traffic

As of 17:45 GMT, the event had garnered 4,000 tweets from 2,400 accounts.  

Wikipedia virgin converted

Gabrielle writes:

Refugee and migrant charity founder joins husband

Regina Catrambone
Layli Foroudi

Regina Catrambone and her husband Chris set up a charity to rescue migrants and refugees from the Mediterranean Sea (Read more about it here), but until today only Chris had a Wikipedia page. 

Malicia Dabrowicz, who runs a small business in Worcester, nominated her.

Regina's page is now up

Tampon tax campaigner added

Laura Coryton, the woman who campaigned to get the tax on tampons overturned in the UK, has been added to Wikipedia as part of our edit-a-thon. She was nominated by Dr Radha Modgil, a GP and broadcaster.  

Laura also features in an article we published today on how women tend to have more success than men with online campaigns. 

She told BBC News how it felt to realise she'd just been added to the online encyclopaedia. 

100 Women 2016: Tampon tax campaigner added to Wikipedia

Welsh women scientists: 'Work to be done'

Mother Mushroom steps into the light

Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh started blogging under the pen name ‘Mother mushroom’ in 2006 after a visit to a hospital where she witnessed many poor, desperate patients waiting to be seen but ignored. 

The Vietnamese dissident blogger was arrested in October while trying to visit an imprisoned political activist.  

Quỳnh says her motive for blogging is very simple: “I don’t want my children to struggle and have to do what I’m doing right now.”

Here's her page.

BBC Vietnamese journalist
BBC
She was nominated by the BBC Vietnamese service

Designer of cattle monitoring platform included

Uruguayan Victoria Alonso Perez is an electronics and telecommunication engineer, entrepreneur and inventor. She was on the BBC 100 Women list last year

She’s the creator of the platform Chipsafer, which allows farmers to track animals and prevent epidemics.

A herdsman at work in Uruguay
Getty

She applies space technology to many different problems, is chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council, and now also has a Wikipedia page (in Spanish).  

Smithsonian: Desegregation activist needs page

Staff at The Smithsonian Institution Archives in Washington DC have a nomination, and a helpful link to their Wikipedia 'To do' list .  

View more on twitter

Young athlete recognised by Olympic sprinter

Daryll Neita, who won a bronze in the Rio Olympics this summer, has nominated up and coming athlete Imani Lansiquot to be added to Wikipedia. 

Daryll Neita's nomination card
BBC

Wikipedia editor: 'Gender not significant'

Megan writes:

First woman in India to take sex harasser to court

The BBC World Service programme Witness has added Rupan Deol Bajaj. 

In 1988 senior civil servant Rupan Deol Bajaj became the first woman in India ever to bring a case of sexual harassment to court. 

The man who touched her was KPS Gill, who was then chief of police in Punjab. He denied "outraging the modesty of a woman” but in 2005, after a 17-year court case, he was finally convicted. Rupan Deol Bajaj has been telling #100women about how it all began.

100 Women 2016: First Indian woman to take sex harasser to court

Suffragette descendant added

Helen Pankhurst, the great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, who came into NBH earlier to nominate a forgotten woman for Wikipedia has now herself been added.  

I nominate @HelenPankhurst for carrying on her great grandmother Emmeline's work for women's rights #100womenwiki M… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Cartoon of Helen Pankhurst
Vicky Bass

Why are women missing from Wikipedia?

Welcome to Wikipedia, Radhika Menon

Radhika Menon
BBC

Radhika Menon has been working since 1996 to bring local stories and fiction to children in multiple languages across India. 

Indian children now have access to literature in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, Malayalam, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati languages thanks to her publishing house.

Here's her new Wikipedia page, put together by a BBC Hindi team.

BBC Hindi team working at laptop
BBC

Journalism students join edit-a-thon

100 Women edit-a-thon: What's going on?

If you're just joining us: 

  • The BBC's 100 Women season is all about recognising notable women 
  • But fewer than 17% of profiles on Wikipedia are of women  
  • So you are invited to create or expand articles about women on the site today
  • More than 400 profiles have been added or edited so far
  • People are joining in at events in Istanbul, Cairo, Dhaka, Jerusalem, Delhi, Abuja, London, Cardiff and more. But if you're inspired, you can do this from home.
  • Let us know who you're adding using #100womenwiki or email us at bbc100.women@bbc.co.uk.    

Illustration
BBC

Dancer & activist: 'Dance is a political act'

Sheema Kirmani
Shakil Adil/AP

Sheema Kirmani is a classical dancer, performer and social activist. She describes herself as a feminist and Marxist. 

She says “Dance is a means of communication and a political act”. 

She founded Tehrik-e-Niswan (The Women’s Movement) in Pakistan to raise awareness about the plight of women.

Here's her new Wikipedia page.

Graffiti artist editor: 'She is a real example'

Bahia Shehab was made famous during the Egyptian revolution in 2011, when former President Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign. She painted the word 'no' across the streets of Cairo. 

She has gone on to spread her message of using art as a form of protest across the world.

Bahia has a done a TED Talk, she was profiled by the Huffington Post, and the BBC has published a gallery of her graffiti.

But until today she didn't have a Wikipedia page.

That has changed, and here is the new profile. Ione Wells, who nominated her and wrote the page, said: "She is a real example of someone who can channel anger into a positive art form."

Bahia Shehab's graffiti
Bahia Shehab

Is the internet sexist, asks World Have Your Say

Presenter and guests before the show
BBC

The World Have Your Say programme is taking calls on whether the internet is sexist.

Presenter Chloe Tilley (on the left in the photograph above) is joined by guests Danielle Newnham, an author, Elizabeth Fremantle, novelist, Aoife Wilson, video games journalist, June Eric-Udorie, activist, and Jenny Kleeman, documentary-maker.

You can listen here and join in the debate.

Male Wikipedia editor's account suspended in Turkey

There have been a lot of positive reactions to our 100 Women edit-a-thon. But some BBC teams have also faced resistance and abuse from those who don't agree with the women being added. 

BBC Turkish reporter Rengin Arslan tells us what happened after nine profiles were added to Wikipedia Turkish. After the team did a Facebook Live about the entries, more and more people heard about the event, she says. It wasn't long before a male Wikipedia editor got in touch. 

"He complained about each of our entries by saying they are not 'notable' despite the fact that some others appeared in other languages before Turkish," says Rengin.

"Wikipedia's Turkey team helped us to sort out this problem and he was suspended of being an editor for six months."

She said one of the BBC's guests was also "harassed by a terrible image sent to her Wiki account message box". But as she was a woman journalist, she said, "This was not the first time".

"At the end of the day I am delighted to see there is a discussion on the Wikipedia Turkish page about what we have done," says Rengin.

Civil rights activist in 'legendary' protest photo added

Ieshia Evans is detained by law enforcement officers as she protests the shooting death of Alton Sterling
REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

The woman whose picture at a Black Lives Matter protest was hailed as "legendary" is now included in Wikipedia.

Ieshia Evans was photographed calmly standing in front of two heavily body-armoured police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in July, at a protest after a man called Alton Sterling was shot dead.

She was nominated by Janice Molyneux, who said: "When I found out only 17 percent of women were on Wikipedia I was shocked. I wanted to do something positive to redress the balance."

Read Ms Evans' page here.

Susie Rodgers updates teammate's profile

Susie Rodgers, holding a sign with the name Amy Marren on it
BBC

Ah, the Rio Summer Games. Such a blur of excitement.

It seems that after the blur, some key lines are missing from the Wikipedia record.

Take Amy Marren. She won bronze for Team GB in Paralympic swimming, but the medal wasn't mentioned on her profile on the online encyclopaedia.

Until now.

And who set the record straight? Her teammate, Susie Rodgers, being a good egg. Here's the amplified page.

Code-breaking 'pioneer' cracks Wikipedia

Helen Nibouar was influential in code breaking during World War Two.

Her brand new page includes the nugget that she hadn't planned to become a cryptographer, but was recruited at a water fountain by a woman who encouraged her to "give cryptography a try".

Helen Nibouar
Layli Foroudi

She was nominated by businesswoman Dame Stephanie Shirley who said: "We're all very conscious of the value of coding in World War Two and here is one of the pioneers."

CNN correspondent nominates orchestra director

Picture of Christiane Amanpour with words "She works tirelessly to empower and equalise women's lives! I am astounded that someone of Kathryn's proven talents and attributes was not yet in Wikipedia, therefore we want to correct that."
BBC

The broadcasting network CNN's chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, wants Kathryn McDowell to have her own Wikipedia entry.

Kathryn is the managing director of the London Symphony Orchestra and has worked in many community projects. She was made a CBE for services to music in 2011.

Recognition for Syrian engineer specialising in renewable energy

Illustration of Sirin Hamsho by Vicky Bass
Vicky Bass

BBC Arabic's Areej Zayat has chosen Syrian engineer Sirin Hamsho as her nominee for a new Wikipedia profile.

Sirin Hamsho specialises in renewable energy and patented a design for wind turbines in 2015 at the age of 30.

"Sirin is a good example of a young Syrian woman who has given to the world at a time when Syrians are looked down on," says Areej.

99-year-old classicist recognised by TV historian

Historian Tessa Dunlop is writing a book called The Century Girls about women born before females in the UK were allowed to vote.

She has chosen to edit the Wikipedia page of classicist Dr Joyce Reynolds who appears in her book. Dr Reynolds is nearly 100 years old and still working today. Here's her Wikipedia page.

Tessa Dunlop
BBC

Wikipedia pages about women adding up

We're starting to really see the effects of the 100 Women edit-a-thon on Wikipedia around the world.

Contributors in Bangladesh are among those who have been hard at work.

BBC graphic saying "70+ profiles of women added to Wikipedia across Bangladesh"
BBC

Welsh Bake Off contestant joins Wikipedia

The first edit-a-thon entry today for a Great British Bake Off contestant?

Welsh cook and food writer Beca Lyne-Pirkis has a cookery show on SC4 (Channel Four Wales) and appeared on GBBO in 2013.

Her Wikipedia entry was created by BBC Wales weather presenter Behnaz Akhgar. 

View more on twitter

Wikipedia profiles in Welsh are 42% female

Wikipedia in the Welsh language has an unusually high proportion of women's profiles.

A Wikipedia spokesman has told the BBC the gender breakdown of the 14,204 profiles in Welsh is as follows:

  • 6,080 female
  • 8,119 male
  • 4 transgender female
  • 1 transgender male

That compares to less than 17% worldwide.

"On Welsh Wikipedia 42% of profiles are women - the highest percentage in the world" says @WIKI_NLW #100womenwiki

"On Welsh Wikipedia 42% of profiles are women - the highest percentage in the world" says @WIKI_NLW #100womenwiki

British birth control advocate added

As well as the people taking part in the edit-a-thon on site at the BBC's London headquarters and around the world, anyone can add profiles from their own computer.

Contributor Margaret Brown has written a biography of social reformer and birth control advocate Margery Spring Rice. You can read her article here.

Commenting about the experience on Twitter, Margaret Brown said "it was great because I learned lot more about her."

Took a bit of time but I did it. Sat down at my desk, first book I looked at. Wrote about the author #100womenwiki
Took a bit of time but I did it. Sat down at my desk, first book I looked at. Wrote about the author #100womenwiki
Took a bit of time but I did it. Sat down at my desk, first book I looked at. Wrote about the author #100womenwiki

Took a bit of time but I did it. Sat down at my desk, first book I looked at. Wrote about the author #100womenwiki

BBC Director-General nominates arts executive

Tony Hall photo, with words "Andrea's a visionary who excites and inspires people around her. She can turn a creative idea into a multi-million pound investment."
BBC

The BBC's Director-General, Tony Hall, has made his own nomination for a new profile.

He wants British arts executive Andrea Stark to be added. Calling her a "visionary" he says: "Her track record deserves recognition - and its own Wiki page."

'Beyonce songwriter deserves to be recognised'

Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts nominates Carla Marie Williams to go on Wikipedia. 

She's a British singer-songwriter who has been nominated for two Grammy awards. Her songs include Freedom, which was performed by Beyonce.

Adele Roberts with her nomination
BBC

I really love her music and think she is really talented – she deserves to be recognised

Adele Roberts

Nigerian chief justice added

Welcome to Wikipedia Aloma Mariam Mukhtar. Our Instagram page is filling up with newly-added women.

Aloma Mariam Mukhtar
BBC