Unite Newsletter - March 2018

Over 6300 words closer to closing the #WikiGap

On International Women’s Day (8 March), Sweden’s Foreign Ministry orchestrated #WikiGap edit-a-thon events in over 50 countries around the world. The goal was to improve the representation of women on Wikipedia--the world’s largest online, user-generated encyclopedia--in which there are 4 times more articles about men than women. The Permanent Mission of Sweden organized the event at UNHQ in New York where attendees were provided free training and contributed content on the subject of “Women in Leadership”. At the close of the four-hour event, 42 volunteers had added 6,350 words, created two new articles, and edited 26 articles. Co-hosts included the Consulate General of Sweden in New York; the Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT); Wikimedia New York; afroCROWD; UN Women; UN Youth Envoy; UN social media team and UN Intranet-iSeek. Learn more

ConsenSys Wins #Blockchain4Humanity Challenge

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Department of Management’s Office of Information and Communications Technology recently announced that the Blockchain for Social Impact team of ConsenSys has won the Unite Ideas “Blockchain for Humanity” challenge to use this emerging technology to help combat child trafficking in the Republic of Moldova. Learn more

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