Community Engagement/Women in the Wikimedia movement: Conversations with communities

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Women in Wikimedia: Balance for Better[edit]

In the first event of the series in 2019, we will host a panel of women from across the movement who are dedicating efforts to training other women to become contributors or organizers in the Wikimedia movement.

The theme, Balance for better, is inspired in this year's International Women's Day global campaign theme. This virtual event will focus on empowering women through training and capacity development. After learning from their experiences, we will dive in a conversation about why this work matters, what are some common challenges and how we can best support each other.

Join us to learn, ask questions and be inspired! Watch the event live on our Youtube channel


María Cruz, Marti Johnson

  • Manavpreet Kaur, co-founder of Punjabi Wikimedians User Group, organizer of the first training for women from across language communities in India.
  • Mariana Fossati, Wikimedia Uruguay member, co-leads campaign Visible WikiWomen
  • Natacha Rault, member of Wikimedia France, founder of project Les sans pagEs

Women in Wikimedia: Conversations with Women in Africa[edit]

Following the series, "Women in the Wikimedia Movement: Conversations with Communities", Maria Cruz sat down with 4 women living and working in Africa to discuss their experiences as local leaders of the Wikimedia movement.

Watch it on YouTube

  • Maria Cruz, Communications and Outreach Project Manager, Wikimedia Foundation

Women in the Wikimedia movement: Conversations with communities[edit]

In honor of Women’s history month, the Community Engagement team at the Wikimedia Foundation is excited to host a series of conversations about women in the Wikimedia movement, and what their experience is like contributing to our projects.

Gender gaps can be found in many facets of the Wikimedia movement, which presents a variety of challenges to our mission. Therefore, it’s important to discuss the spaces in which women in Wikimedia are thriving – what can be done to build on those successes, and how can we replicate these success stories in other environments?

Our conversations will focus on women within three strategic areas of our work: Programs, Technical Spaces, and Leadership positions. The goal of these discussions is to foster understanding of challenges and inequalities that women face throughout our movement, and to engage with our communities to help better address them.

These conversations will be online events, streamed on YouTube, and hosted via video-conferencing software BlueJeans. If you would like to participate in these events, please sign up below. Looking forward to seeing many of you online!

Read the report,to have a better understanding of the outputs of this conversation series.

Interested in organizing this series of conversations in your own language? Check out the Organizer's guide.

Women in Wikimedia programs[edit]

This virtual meet-up took place on March 8, 2018, at 1700 UTC.

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  • Luisina Ferrante, Education program coordinator, Wikimedia Argentina.
  • Monika Sengul-Jones, Wikipedian in Residence, Online Computer Library Center (United States).

Women in leadership[edit]

This virtual meet-up took place on March 14, 2018, at 1900 UTC.

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  • Mervat Salman, WikiArabia 2015 organizer and Conference grant committee member (Jordan).
  • Natalia Szafran-Kozakowska, CEE Spring coordinator and Polish Wikipedia sysop (Poland).

Women in technical spaces[edit]

This virtual meet-up took place on March 21st, at 1500 UTC.

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  • Josephine Lim, contributor to the Wikimedia Commons Android app (Australia).
  • Ciell, organizer of all-women tech storm (hackathon) in The Hague (Netherlands).
  • Ecritures, member of the organising team of the all-women tech storm (hackathon) in The Hague (Netherlands)

Interested participants[edit]

If you would like to receive updates about this project, please sign up on this page.

  1. User talk:Luisina Ferrante (WMAR)
  2. User talk:Monikasj
  3. User talk:Rosiestep
  4. User talk:Camelia.boban
  5. User talk:AWang (WMF)
  6. User talk:Yhhue91
  7. User talk:Virginia Díez (WMES)
  8. User talk:Raystorm
  9. User talk:-revi
  10. User talk:MNoor (WMF)
  11. User talk:SSethi (WMF)
  12. User talk:Misaochan
  13. User talk:Quiddity (WMF)
  14. User talk:Nattes à chat
  15. User talk:Pooja Gadige
  16. User talk:Meghna Gupta
  17. User talk:Ciell
  18. User talk:NMorales (WMF)
  19. User talk:MCruz (WMF)
  20. User talk:May Hachem93
  21. User talk:CKoerner (WMF)
  22. User talk:Tiputini (Wikimujeres) (unknown domain)
  23. User talk:Mboix (Wikimujeres)

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