Humanists have always been at the forefront of campaigns for reproductive rights and access to contraception. Whether risking prosecution for obscenity in the 19th century, or spearheading the World League for Sexual Reform in the 20th, freethinkers have advocated tirelessly over decades for humanist values of reason and compassion to be brought to bear on questions of sex and sexuality.
Join us on Sunday 26 September, World Contraception Day, to learn more about these activists, then take to Wikipedia to share their stories.
In this Wikipedia edit-a-thon, we will be highlighting some of the better and lesser-known figures who form such a key part of the history of contraception in the UK – from Alice Vickery to Dora Russell; Charles Bradlaugh to Dorothy Thurtle. Despite this venerable tradition, many of these individuals – and their humanist motivations – are underacknowledged. We want to change that!
No Wikipedia experience is required, so newbies and confident editors alike are very welcome. We will go through everything you need to know to get editing, but if you’re already geared up to get started, we’ll also be sharing plenty of suggestions for pages to work on right away.
The session will take place on Zoom, and will run through how to edit Wikipedia, suggest a range of useful sources, and provide the space and support to improve Wikipedia pages and celebrate humanists throughout history.
By ensuring humanist history is properly represented and referenced on Wikipedia, we can help to advance understanding of humanism everywhere.