CIS-A2K/Events/Women TTT 2019

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Skill-building activities and initiatives play a very crucial role to empower Wikimedia communities and based on the first initiative to cumulatively organise an event entirely by women for women, it has been realised that there should be one training event exclusively for women where they can discuss the issues women editors face and their probable solutions. The thought is based on the discussions between the women editors participating in the WWWW event and their learnings. In the past CIS-A2K has conducted and supported several skill-building initiatives, but no women-centric activity or training has been planned to date.

Women Train The Trainer 2019 logo
Women Train The Trainer 2019 logo


Based on an internal needs assessment by women wikimedians during WWWW 2018, it has been realized that:

  • There is a need to discuss the issues and probable solutions to the hindrances women face .
  • There is a lot of potential to do outreach in India but it is hampered by lack of proper guidance or resource material to do outreach.
  • Though many women members have desire to undertake offline outreach they seldom receive support and guidance.
  • There is a need to further build the capacity of interested community members to conduct effective outreach sessions.
  • Not everyone gets the chance to meet and know the global women wikimedians and to exchange knowledge, such events would give the participants an exposure to the global movement and the practices followed by other communities.
  • There is a limited knowledge about the assistance being offered in terms of funding, community support, trainings which will enable the existing leaders to design better projects and expand the movement.

Thus women wikimedians are joining hands along with the CIS A2K Team to launch our first Women Train-the-Trainer (TTT) programme with an aim to support and groom leadership skills in the community members who are interested to conduct Wikipedia outreach sessions in their own cities/languages and to spread the word about the Indic Wikipedias. The plan to turn this into an annual event depends on the outcome of the event.

Event details[edit]

  • The participants are supposed to arrive at the venue on 7th March and attend all the days of the program. Partial attendance not allowed.
  • Participants are not allowed to bring friends or relatives to the event, unless it is absolutely necessary (only with prior information and approval).
  • All participants should bring their laptops. Participants without a laptop have to inform earlier.
  • Venue: New Delhi
  • Dates: 9-10 March 2019
  • No. of Participants- 15 (around)
  • Venue: The Centre for Internet and Society, Kharera, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, India
  • Accomodation: Hotel Tryfena, Plot 4 & 5, Green Park, Delhi-110016, India
  • Contact: User:Manavpreet Kaur


Interested female Wikimedians were requested to fill the form this form to show their interest to join. The last date of signing up was 8 February 2019. We are grateful to User:Kritzolina for evaluation of applications and selection of participants.


  • Kindly coordinate with your fellow lead for the assigned session and prepare your session and relevant material.

Session Plan[edit]

We believe that everyone has their own set of experiences and learnings, and we can always learn from each other, following the same, different sessions proposed for the event will be lead by participating wikimedians holding experience in the respective Wiki Program. An attempt has been made to introduce a few global leaders of some projects who will be leading the sessions along with the Indian Leader to expand the knowledge of fellow wikimedians.

Session Description Global Lead Indic Lead
Trust and Safety Introduction session around Trust and safety initiatives, Friendly space policy, issues addressed; harassment, user reporting system for monitoring and about the community health initiative, Roles and responsibilities Sydney Poore Sumita Roy and Manavpreet Kaur
Education program Introduction to the education programs run in schools by Wikimedia Armenia, how students are involved, the kind of activities planned.

Suswetha discussed how she emerged as a leader from someone who joined wiki as a student.

Tamara Suswetha
Resource Exchange program The session has to be canceled as the lead was unwell and couldn't come to the event. -- Shypoetess
Outreach and communication Storytelling, ABCD Framework, understanding the changes with our target partners, fixing goals we wish to achieve, planning and follow-up, worksheet to create a story

Activities around the same theme

Outreach activities by Marathi Wikimedians and their outcome

Maria Cruz Aarya Joshi
New Project Design Session on Logic models, Program planning and strategy- how to plan and organize events more effectively, how to engage people and leave an impact.

How to design an effective program, understanding the needs, evaluation of outcome we wish to draw and better designing, planning, and organization

Activities around the same theme

Maria Cruz Chinmayee Mishra
Gender Gap initiatives A session about initiatives being taken to bridge the gender gap and the proposal to run a series of edit-a-thons -- Dhanlakshmi K.T.
Women in Red Program Session canceled because the lead couldn't attend the event because of some unavoidable circumstances -- Nilam Karn
Partnerships Session highlighting the needs and thoughts of potential partners and how to find a common ground and worth together -- Japleen Pasricha (Invited talk)
Scholarships A session on different scholarship types available, focus on Wikimania scholarship (on request), how to present yourself better, how to showcase your work, effective writing Netha Hussain Chinmayee Mishra
Communications & Promotional Blogs A detailed session with a demonstration of the different types of reports and also some examples to highlight the reports lacking information and some good reports. The key points to be considered while writing a report and how to effectively report learnings. -- Wikilover90
Account Management (CIS A2K) A session on how to effectively handle your bills and submit your claims, processing channel and reimbursement process -- K.N. Medini
Co-Designing as a Community This session will introduce the participants to methods of engaging as a community in order to identify and achieve collective objectives. It will include examples of co-design methods, and a live activity to practice. -- Saumya Naidu


; 9 March (Day 1)

* 9:00 am to 09:15 am: General Introduction, Need, and scope of WTTT, Introduction to the Trust and safety policy applicable to the event by Sumita, Chinmayee, Dhanlakshmi

*09:15 am to 09:45 am: Scholarships Session by Netha Hussain

*09:45 am to 10:30 am: Planning activities: Analysis of Need, Effort, Involvement, and Impact Discussion by Manavpreet Kaur and Chinmayee

*10:30 am to 11:00 am: Marathi Wikimedians Activities: Past, Present, and Future by Kalyani

*11:00 am to 11:45 am: Education program session by Tamara

* 11:45 am to 12:00 pm: Tea

* 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm: Education Program: A Practical Approach by Suswetha

* 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm: A report on Gender gap studies by Sushma

*1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: New Projects Design by Maria

*2:00 pm to 2:30 pm: Lunch

*2:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Partnerships: Perspectives of an allied or partner organization by Japleen Pasricha

*3:00 pm to 4:15 pm: Co-Designing as a Community and Hands-on activity by Saumya Naidu

*4:15 pm to 4:45 pm: Project evaluation and financial support

*4:45 pm to 5:00 pm: Tea Break

*5:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Trust and Safety Session

; 10 March (Day 2)

* 9:00 am to 09:40 am: Report writing and Promotional Blogs by Rupika

* 9:40 am to 10:00 am: Activity- Edit WWWW report

*10:00 am to 11:00 am: Outreach and communication by Maria

*11:00 am to 11:15 am: Tea

*11:15 am to 11:45 am: Outreach activities by Marathi Wikimedians, by Aarya

*11:45 am to 12:15 pm: Account Management by Medini

*12:15 pm to 12:45 pm: Gender Gap initiatives by Dhanlakshmi

*12:45 pm to 01:30 pm: Future Plan and initiatives

*1:30 pm to 2:30 pm: Lunch

*2:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Tools by Sumita

*3:30 pm to 4:00 pm: Feedback & Conclusions

*4:00 pm to 4:30 pm: Tea


As this event is "For Women, By Women", the invitation was sent via mailing list. The selected candidates are-

Wikimedian Language
Sumita Roy (Co-Organizer) Bengali
Wikilover90 English
Shweta (Unable to Attend) Hindi
Dhanlakshmi K.T. Kannada
Saranya Bhumi Malayalam
Aarya Joshi (Unable to Attend) (Co-Organizer) Marathi
Chinmayee Mishra Odia
Nitesh Gill (Unable to Attend) Punjabi
Singo Hembram (Unable to Attend) Santali
Parvathisri Tamil
Suswetha Telugu
Durga Bhat Tulu
Nilam Karn (Unable to Attend) Maithili
Sujata Bengali
Saumya Naidu (CIS Representative)
K.N. Medini (CIS Representative)
Manavpreet Kaur (Organizer) Punjabi
Kalyani Marathi
PMSarangi Odia
Sushma Hindi

Travel instructions[edit]

  • If you're travelling by flight, please retain your onward boarding pass, and submit it to a concerned person at the event.
  • Ola/Uber or any other travel service can be used to reach to the hotel from the arrival points.
  • If you're arriving almost at the same time with other participants, you will be informed accordingly. You may come together to the hotel.
  • For travel between the venue and accommodation, cabs will be used.
  • For easy coordination and to avoid confusion, the participants are advised to travel in groups of three, however, there is no compulsion.

Photography and videography[edit]

  • With regards to the Friendly Space Policy, participants are requested to observe the lanyards before photo or videographing a person.
Case Lanyard colour Visual indication
OK with photography and videography in all cases Grey
OK with photography and videography where I am not the primary subject (For example, group photos) Yellow
Not OK with both photography and videography in any case Red
  • User:Manavpreet Kaur will be officially recording the sessions of the program, for later use. The recording will be focused on the speaker.
  • Other guidelines are to be followed as mentioned the Friendly Space Policy and Do's & Dont's sheet.


  • Any travel, food or other expenses, incurred in relation with the event, will be reimbursed accordingly.
  • Keep original stamped boarding passes with you if you are travelling by flight. CIS-A2K will need it for auditing purpose.
  • Please keep all original bills safe until you receive the reimbursement.
  • Reimbursement claims can be submitted from 10 March 2019 to 20 March 2019. All claims must be submitted before 20 March 2019.


Weather (9-10 March 2019)
Temperature may range between 10o C and 25o C, please bring your clothing accordingly.
If you have any medical complications or allergies, please inform the organisers and check the food before you eat.
Child Care Assistance
For assistance, please inform in advance

See also[edit]

Frequently Asked Questions[edit]

Q. How the idea of women TTT came about?

Wiki Women for Women wellbeing was the first only Women lead pan Indian event. A few wikimedians met at Ranchi during Wiki Advanced training(LINK IT) and conceptualized the idea of doing one women-centric event together. The event went well, but there were a lot of experiences and learnings which were new and we felt the need to have a women-centric event to understand the struggles women editors face, the hindrances and to plan the future programs or initiatives.

Q. Why only women?

Usually all the events have participants from different regions, irrespective of their gender. The sessions are planned on the grounds of overall issues addressed and measures adopted. The women have been working and supporting the initiatives of their respective groups and never realized the importance of emerging as leaders and taking the movement forward. To make women believe in themselves and explore their potential, we wish more women to come out of the comfort zones and push themselves to play a more important role in the expansion of the movement.

Q. Why only women lead sessions?

We have been organizing or attending different programs and pieces of training, but they haven’t proved beneficial to enhance the role of women in the movement majorly. The initiative we took last year, has boosted our confidence and has made the fellow women wikimedians propose new ideas and explore new horizons. We don’t mind men leading the sessions, but we derive inspiration and motivation more from people we can relate to, so here the global women leaders are believed to be the best choice for leading sessions.

Along with the global leaders, the women wikimedians from India will be joining them for the session plan on the basis of their expertise and interest.

Q. Who are organizing the program?

Sumita Roy, आर्या जोशी and Manavpreet Kaur. The TTT is powered by CIS-A2K.

Q. What I will gain for this program as a participant?

  • Understanding the role of women in the movement
  • Knowing the kind of activities fellow women wikimedians are involved in
  • Knowing the global leaders and getting their guidance on different subjects
  • Discussing issues and finding probable solutions
  • Deciding future activities

Q. What is pre-work?

On the basis of the interests shown by the participants and their expertise, every participant has been assigned one session. Pre-work involves reading more about the allocated session and preparing a talk on relevant work done, leading discussions or planning a hands-on activity (if required).

Q  Why it's needed?

To bridge the gender gap in terms of participation and content on wiki, sensitization, and training of existing members is required. This event is expected to help us be better leaders in the future.

Q. What is zero-day?

Zero-Day is important for introductions and interactions on a personal level. To break the ice and make everyone familiar with each other and their projects which help in deriving better outcome from the main sessions.

Q. How this date has been decided?

UNESCO Delhi Office is organizing Wiki4Women event on 8th March 2019 which is International Women’s Day. The idea to have women trainers for the event was appreciated and promoted by one and all. As the women wikimedians were planned to be invited to the event, the idea to have TTT at the same time was good in terms of budget planning, also 9th and 10th is the weekend.

Q.How our International trainer help?

The global wikimedians approached to lead the sessions have been doing amazing projects and experimenting in different ways. We have requested a few wikimedians from the global community to guide us with their experience and wisdom.  

Q. If I have some issue during the program whom should I contact?

If the issues are about the event contact the organizers. In case of complaints contact the Support and Safety Team- Chinmayee Mishra,Shypoetess Parvathisri and Dhanlakshmi K.T.

Q. If there is a problem to understand training in English how do I clear my doubts?

We have members to assist you. The sessions will be in English and Hindi.

Q.What is the expectation from me after training?

To plan collaborative projects with other communities, better management, reporting and execution of the plan.

Q. How we select the participants for this event?

To be fair and neutral, [[User: Kritzolina]] was contacted and requested to help us with her experience and wisdom. She selected the participants for us.

Q. What is the difference between any other women-oriented program and WTTT?

A woman oriented program can be anything- an edit-a-thon, label-a-thon, awareness camp, project. TTT this time is women oriented to focus on women- their issues, challenges, and countermeasures for enhancement of their role in the expansion of the movement.


Please create a report of your participation in Women Train the Trainer Program. The report will ask you about your learning, outcome and experiences from the event.

Submitted reports[edit]