Connect/Wikimedia diversity group
Diversity conversation outcomes are ready - We need your input online!
During the conference, we dedicated a full afternoon to discussing the strategic direction and what it means for the work on diversity in the Wikimedia movement. Compiling the outcomes of those conversations, we summarized the key problems and solutions identified, and we created a summary statement. But the conversation is far from over! We still need to hear from diversity ambassadors:
- what does working for diversity mean at your local context?;
- what are the needs that should be addressed;
- what resources are relevant for these identified needs?
We know that diversity gains meaning in context, and this is why we need to hear every voice. Please take a few minutes to go over to the diversity conversation page and add your comments.
Throughout the month of March, I will be coordinating a series of conversations with community members about Women in the Wikimedia movement, and what their experience is like contributing to our projects.
Our conversations will focus on women within three strategic areas of our work: Programs, Technical Spaces, and Leadership positions. Each conversation will have two community members presenting on their work, and 15-20 minutes at the end for conversation, follow up questions, and discussion. 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 our YouTube channel, and hosted on BlueJeans. If you would like to participate in these events, please add the event to your calendar, or sign up on wiki:
- Women in Wikimedia programs: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 17:00 UTC
- Presenters: Monika Sengul-Jones (OCLC Wikipedian in Residence) and Luisina Ferrante (Wikimedia Argentina education coordinator).
- Co-host: Nichole Saad, Community Programs.
- Women in leadership:Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 19:00 UTC
- Presenters: Mervat Salman (Wiki Arabia 2015 organizer) and Natalia Szafran-Kozakowska (CEE Spring coordinator, and Polish Wikipedia sysop)
- Co-hosts: Alex Wang and Marti Johnson, Community Resources
- Women in technical spaces: Wednesday, March 21st, 15:00 UTC
- Presenters: Josephine Lim (Mediawiki contributor) and Ciell (organizer of all-women hackathon in the Netherlands).
- Co-hosts: Srishti Sethi and Rachel Farrand, Technical Collaborations.
Please feel free to invite anyone you think might have something to add to the conversations.
I am a volunteer for Odia language Wikipedia, working as a Community Advocate at CIS-A2K, I have worked on bridging gender-gap in Odia community (In terms of participation & content), organiser of Women's History Month Edit-a-thon from 2015 and Sambad 100 Women Edit-a-thon, with interests in cross community collaboration and content collaboration.
My name is Mohammed S. Abdulai, I am most active on English Wikipedia, and then Wikidata and Incubator (where I try to build small languages). My interests on the projects are mainly to write female biographies into the encyclopedia. I recently competed in The Women in Red World Contest and placed 6th out of 17 winners, writing 104 start class articles in 3 weeks.
My name is Justice Okai-Allotey, I am a member of Wikimedia Ghana User Group, I try to improve and create content relating to Ghanaian music, people, politics and culture. I believe without diversity it would be difficult to do some of the things we do in our user group.
My name is Ayokanmi Oyeyemi, I am an integral member of Wikimedia User Group Nigeria, I work basically to document Nigeria and also Africa using pictures. I basically orientated the Nigeria populace about the opportunities of getting to know about Wikimedia projects off wiki by organising training sessions and editathons. I am presently the coordinator of Wiki loves women on radio; a radio program in Nigeria in collaboration with WFM 91.7 that sets to address gender systemic bias against women and promote Nigerian women better. I understand that diversity is essential as it aids any partnership or collaborations and hence boost more progress in eery user group.
I am a volunteer editor, Co-founder of Punjabi Wikimedians User Group. I am actively involved in the outreach activities and was the Program Coordinator of WikiConference India 2016. I believe diversity creates affluence in opinions and I am interested in creating network and planning projects for including diversity in our movement.
I am Denise Jansen, GLAM coordinator for Wikimedia Nederland and I work together with a group of volunteers in the Dutch Gendergap project. I would like to exchange ideas and experiences on how to increase diversity in the Wikimedia projects