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Knowledge Equity

PATHS TO KNOWLEDGE EQUITY – COLLECTION OF ESSAYS

Wikimedia Movement, a nebula of volunteers, organisations, cultures, and languages that support and maintain Wikipedia, put knowledge equity on its banner. It is one of the values underpinning its 2030 Movement Strategy. Wikipedia defines knowledge equity as a concept referring to social change concerning both expanding what is valued as knowledge and seeking to include communities that may have been excluded from knowledge production and sharing through imbalanced structures of power and privilege.

Bringing more knowledge equity has conceptual, strategic, practical, and regulatory aspects, and more. This collection of four essays is a sample of these approaches as seen by the four authors. They touch on foundational questions but also some very real problems that need to be looked at within the Wikimedia community. One key aspect of this inward gaze is a deep reflection how to start this work with the communities that are silent (or silenced) at the centre – not just by them or for them.