Wiki Loves Women inspiring women podcast is a project of Wiki In Africa under one of the Wiki in Africa’s initiatives named Wiki Loves Women which aims to increase women visibility online and give them a voice. The Wiki Loves Women inspiring women podcast is funded by the Goethe-Institut led by the Wiki in Africa co-founders Florence and Isla as well as the Admin intern Candy Khohliwe.The Inspiring Open Women Podcast Series involves the creation, production, launch and dissemination of 12 podcasts that celebrates the achievements of female leaders within Africa’s Open Movements (Open Arts and Culture, Education, Knowledge, Technology, GLAMs, etc).
Wiki Loves Women’s Inspiring Open Women Podcast Series will provide meaningful, culturally-sensitive content that celebrates the achievements of women focused in gender-equity intersects with the Open Movement initiatives. It will raise the global visibility and profile of the currently underrepresented women in this sector. The Wiki Loves Women’s Inspiring Open Women Podcast Series will be made available online, via multiple platforms, under a free licence (CC BY SA). It will be free to access and free to share, redistribute, reuse, and remix. The podcast series is designed to inspire present and future gender activists, civil society and women-led organisations in their future paths, with the opportunities of the open movement, internet and media platforms in mind. The series empowers listeners by imparting ideas, pathways, tips, solutions and opportunities in underserved communities across the African continent.
In these ways, it helps to redefine what Chimamanda Adichie calls the Single Story of Africa for both African and global audiences (especially South/South). The podcast series amplify, through their own voices, the experiences of the featured guests.
The Inspiring Women Podcast Series will profile exceptional women across the Open Movement and create online content that celebrates the laudable achievements of Africa’s open feminists. It is hoped that the women who listen to the podcasts will be inspired to get involved. They will also learn that:
- They can become part of the Open Movement, and can actively contribute if not lead.
- If they dare to try, and they succeed, it will be an important and visible contribution, while also being part of a wider community and having fun.
- They learn new organizational and leadership skills that can be reused in other contexts.
- They will extend their personal and professional network and thus their area of influence.