At AbbVie, embracing diversity and inclusion is one of the core
principles that defines our culture. We treat everyone equally, with
dignity and respect and embrace diverse backgrounds and perspectives
which allow us all to achieve our best. It’s why we are committed to
ensuring gender equity both within our organisation and beyond.
After discovering that just under 18% of Wikipedia profiles are
about women1, AbbVie Australia teamed up with Franklin
Women – a social enterprise that empowers women pursuing
careers across the health and medical research sector – to host
the very first Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for women in health, medicine and
Wikipedia Edit-a-thons are a growing global movement that aim to
close the gender content gap and ensure online content is
representative of diverse talent.
More than 40
participants from across the sector took to their keyboards to update
profiles to highlight the achievements of remarkable female health and
The Edit-a-thon saw 235 edits about Australian female scientists
with more than 7,000 words of acknowledgment added. Our AbbVie team is
proud to have contributed to rewriting history!
Kirsten O’Doherty, General Manager of AbbVie Australia and New
Zealand, praised the efforts of the participants and highlighted the
importance these impactful, grassroots initiatives.
company with a diverse workforce, AbbVie is committed to ensuring our
employees, researchers and industry leaders are recognised for their
work regardless of gender or any other demographic,” said Ms O’Doherty.
“Events like the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon help to educate people on the
contributions of inspiring female researchers throughout history, as
well as those pushing the field forward today,” she said.
Only 16% of active Wikipedia contributors identify as
women2. The event also aimed to equip more women with ‘soft
skills’ to become Wikipedia editors, through training and support from
experienced Wikipedia editors.