During the 2019–2020 fiscal year, the Wikimedia Foundation awarded 256 grants to mission-aligned organizations and people around the world, totaling $8,473,787. Looking forward, grants are expected to be a primary driver towards Knowledge Equity, notably through the Community Resources' Grants Strategy Relaunch, which aims to align grantmaking with the Strategic Direction and Movement Strategy Recommendations, specifically the recommendation of Ensuring equity in decision-making. The Relaunch includes consultations with the communities to explore the role of the Foundation and of the communities in grant programs and processes, and to discuss equitable allocation of funds. We still have significant progress to make to break down historical structures of power and privilege, and to offer substantial and more equitable funding to grantees in lower- and middle-income countries.
In late 2019, the Global Data & Insights team (formerly Learning & Evaluation) collected data from more than 2500 Wikimedians from all over the world through the Community Insights survey. These data help paint a picture of our Movement's demographics and communities' social and technical experiences. They also tell us whether we are progressing towards the Wikimedia Foundation’s Medium Term Plan goals and the 2030 Strategic Direction.
In 2017, 65 Wikimedians who lead gender equity projects sat down for interviews with Rosiestep. These conversations explored the unique challenges and successes of their work to advance gender equity on Wikimedia projects. This report provides a succinct overview of what we learned from them.
Fostering learning to improve support to Wikimedia communities. Summary of data from over 4,000 participants who answered 170 survey questions that are focused around our annual goals from 2016–17. These goals related to several themes, some of which relevant to the Gender Gap such as What is the diversity of Wikimedia communities? or What is the current health of Wikimedia communities? Related to community health, are Wikimedia communities inclusive?
aims to track the presence of women both on the boards and in the leadership of affiliated Wikimedia groups, as well as the main bodies of the movement and the Wikimedia Foundation. The idea is to have a more accurate vision of how many women are taking positions of leadership and thus promote more equity in our movement.
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Through the #WikiHerStory initiative, Wikimedia Foundation Communication Team is sharing key facts about the gender gap, projects working to address it, and how you can get involved. Get the facts and resources. How to get involved. Last update 2020.
(originated by WikiProject India) suggests workshop content, provides lists of past and upcoming workshops, as well as a list of Wikipedia editors who have conducted and/or will conduct workshops for women interested in editing Wikipedia. Part of Wikipedia Workshop. Last update 2015.
A multi-year project of research, product development, and policy growth to help the Wikimedia volunteer community to reduce the level of harassment and disruptive behavior on our projects. This initiative addresses the major forms of harassment reported on the Wikimedia Foundation’s Research:Harassment survey 2015, which covers a wide range of different behaviors: content vandalism, stalking, name-calling, trolling, doxxing, discrimination, anything that targets individuals for unfair and harmful attention.
Financial support and gender gap related grants
The Wikimedia community was aware of the gender gap from its earliest days, but the first large-scale study that tried to quantify it was a survey conducted by the United Nations University and published in March 2010.Glott, Ruediger; Schmidt, Philipp; Ghosh, Rishab; et al. (March 2010). "Wikipedia Survey - Overview of Results"(PDF). CS1 maint: Explicit use of et al. (link)
However, like all surveys where who responds is self-selected, it was biased towards certain types of demographics, and it gives us only a rough working idea of how big the gender gap is.