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II WikiWomenCamp 2017. Second Wikimedia Women Summit.[edit]

July 5 - 9th, Mexico City

WikiWomenCamp 2017
The Second Women Wikimedia Summit will be a meeting of Wikimedia women leaders and enthusiasts who work primarily with Gender gap initiatives around the world. It is a continuation of the WikiWomenCamp held in Buenos Aires.
targetWikipedia in several languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German
strategic priorityIncreasing Participation
amount-localMXN 1,307,976
amountUS$ 71,550
creator• [[User:Carmen Alcázar|Carmen Alcázar]]
contact• wotancito(_AT_)

Project idea[edit]

WikiWomenCamp in 2012

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

Explain the problem that you are trying to solve with this project or the opportunity you’re taking advantage of. What is the issue you want to address? You can update and add to this later.

Despite global creative and programmatic initiatives that now exist in the movement to tackle the gender gap, this systemic problem remains as a prevalent bias in the Wikimedia projects. As English Wikipedia mentions:

"Gender bias on Wikipedia refers to criticism of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, and especially its English-language site, arguing that the nature and quantity of its content are biased due to the fact that a dominant majority of Wikipedia editors are male. It is among the most frequent criticisms of Wikipedia, and part of a more general criticism about systemic bias in Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, agrees with this criticism and has made an ongoing attempt to increase female editorship of Wikipedia"[1]

Even major governance and evaluation bodies of the movement remain unequal and are headed mostly by men.

Different projects are carried out in the Wikimedia movement but they all remain frequently unconnected, developed independently and with an irregular level of commitment and interest in their local organizations. Since 2012 work around gender gap in Wikimedia it has evolved and changed and the people involved in it are different. Currently there is no specific space for dialogue and exchange that can act in a coordinated but non invasive instance to address common problems and organize common projects.

This event will bring together women from 17 different countries, leaders of their respective communities and with strong experience in the Wikimedia movement and proven engagement with the gendergap topic. Mexican women from four different states will also be invited. And of course we will invite and highly value the presence of Wikimedia Foundation representatives at the event.

Project goals[edit]

Explain what are you trying to accomplish with this project, or what do you expect will change as a result of this grant.

WikiWomenCamp 2017. Second Wikimedia Summit is the second meeting of the Wikimedia movement women.

The primary goals of the event are:

  • To continue the meeting of gender gap-enthusiasts women in Wikipedia, held in 2012 in Argentina.
  • To learn from the experiences of each other and build a global network of support and learning
  • To discuss issues related to women participation in the Wikimedia movement and the challenges we face and the possible solutions that we have carried out in our contexts.

The event will take place from July 5th to 9th, 2017 in Mexico City.

Project plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing? What will you have done at the end of your project? How will you follow-up with people that are involved with your project?

The camp will have an unconference style, where we'll talk about common challenges and solutions, panels to talk about the projects that we do in our countries and workshops where we will learn about things of which we are not experts (advanced wiki functions, creation of templates, Wikidata, bots, etc).

There will also be plenty of spaces for informal meetings for more specific talks and to have more focused learnings and contacts.

  • The Conference page will be created soon with details of the programme and specific activities

About the venue[edit]

The sessions will be held on Centro Horizontal, a private cultural center located in Colima 378, Colonia Roma, Mexico City. The venue have spaces and conditions to run the event. Among Colonia Condesa, Colonia Roma is a well known and touristic area. Besides residential buildings, the neighborhood streets are lined with restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, cultural centers, churches and galleries.

Wikimedia Mexico had in 2016 an editathon in Centro Horizontal.

Planning and preparations[edit]

Organizing team is composed of Anna Torres, Montserrat Boix and Carmen Alcázar. This group is coordinating actions about Women presence in the Wikimedia movement since a few years ago, and each also have separate trajectories in different Wikimedia projects fostering women inclusion. Previous joint projects of the organizing team are La Mujer Que Nunca Conociste Wikipedia Writing Contest and Editatona, an international initiative for building local communities exclusive for women intended for free knowledge production and sharing of digital skills. The decision to take on the second edition of this project was made at Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario after several discussions of the organizing team. Mexico was chosen as a location because of Wikimedia Mexico’s decided work on Gender Gap since 2014 and which has been an inspiration for many communities in the Wikimedia movement and others, and for its well known and proven experience organizing international conferences (Iberoconf 2013, Wikimania 2015).

Selection of the scholarship attendees[edit]

Attendees to the camp will be invited by the organizing team to attend the event through a full support scholarship considering the work they have done locally and which may be relevant for other women; geographical and linguistic diversity; and their role of leadership on projects that can make women more visible in Wikipedia and encourage others to do so.

Fit with strategy[edit]

Wikiwomencamp aims to improve editor diversity by recruiting new women to join Wikimedia projects in several languages and contexts, and encourage veterans to learn new skills and exchange knowledge to bring back to their respective communities and countries.


How you will use the funds you are requesting? List bullet points for each expense. (You can create a table later if needed.) Don’t forget to include a total amount, and update this amount in the Probox at the top of your page too!

Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Cost per unit Total cost Currency Notes
1 Venue Room rent Days 4 * 0 USD Will be donated by Centro Horizontal
2 Equipment and services Technical (A/V, wireless access, etc.) Days 4 * 0 USD Will be donated by Centro Horizontal
3 Flights Round trip to Mexico City 1 round flight 29 round flights to Mexico City * 28475 USD See Flights section for detail
4 Accomodation Shared dorms at hotel Cost per night 50 persons 158 7943 USD 4 nights are considered
5 Catering Coffee break service (coffee, tea, water, soda and cookies) Cost per person 60 persons 2,5 600 USD 4 days are considered
6 Catering Daily Lunch Cost per person 60 persons 15 3600 USD 4 days are considered
7 Catering / coffee break Taxes Taxes 60 persons 720 USD
8 Stationery Flipchart, markers and sheets 40 USD Including one box of board markers.
9 Stationery Post-its Block 5 blocks 6 30 USD
10 Stationery ID Badges Pack with 10 6 packs 6 36 USD
11 Stationery Prints 90 USD Considered for general purposes: kit for every participant, badges, registry.
12 T-shirts T-shirts Cost per person 60 persons 5 300 USD
13 Catering Closing party (Dinner & drinks) Cost per person 60 persons 25 1500 USD
14 Photos services Visual registry of the event, honoraries for photographer 250 USD
15 Video Video recording, edition and postproduction of a visual documentary of 10 minutes, honoraries for producer company 500 USD
16 Storytelling Visual storytelling made by an artist
(see example)
250 USD
17 Contingency 2216 USD 5% of the total cost of the event.


This budget was taken mainly from (, an international online travel agency. Costs are estimated.[2]

Country Estimated price Attendes Total
Argentina 750 4 3000
España 1100 3 3300
Italia 800 2 1600
Venezuela 900 1 900
Bolivia 725 1 725
Chile 650 2 1300
United States 480 5 2400
India 1500 1 1500
Irak 4250 1 4250
Taiwan 1400 1 1400
Germany 1150 2 2300
France 950 1 950
Armenia 1550 1 1550
Tunisia 1100 1 1100
Egypt 1050 1 1050
Austria 750 1 750
Colombia 400 1 400
Mexico (Aguascalientes) 140 1 140
Mexico (Monterrey) 115 1 115
México (Oaxaca) 125 2 250
Total 19885 33 28980

Additional costs[edit]

  • Contingency - 5% of the total cost of the event - 2216 USD

Final result[edit]

Amount of the grant asked to the WMF:

Matter Amount
Flights 28475
Accomodation 7943
Catering 4920
Additional expenses
Total 46550 USD

Amounts in USD

Total cost of project
46,550 USD
Total amount requested from the WMF Grants Program
46,550 USD
Additional sources of revenue that may fund part of this project, and amounts funded

Community engagement[edit]

How will you let others in your community know about your project? Why are you targeting a specific audience? How will you engage the community you’re aiming to serve at various points during your project? Community input and participation helps make projects successful.

Wikimedia Mexico is a long established chapter in Mexico. It has contacts and strong ties with the local institutions, authorities and government. After the conference, WMMX would utilize the knowledge gained from the international sharing of experiences and initiatives to make them known and carry them out at a local level for both the Mexican wikimedians and the new Mexican editors that would like to make their first steps in the project. Parallel to this, WMMX has very strong ties with local women groups, so we would do with them both the knowledge-sharing and the carrying out of activities and initiatives that derive from the conference.


What do you expect will happen to your project after the grant ends? How might the project be continued or grown in new ways afterwards?

I hope there is a continuity in the projects that are proposed during the meeting, that we can establish an international network with onwiki and offwiki multicultural initiatives that can carry out joint projects.

I would also like the participants to take back to their countries ideas and insights that will allow them to attempt to reduce the gendergap in their respective communites.

And of course, I would like that a third edition of this conference happens the following year.

Measures of success[edit]

How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include specific, measurable targets here.

Writing of a good practices manual to common challenges faced by women editors Reporting of a comprehensive projects lists with experiences that can be replicated in other countries Writing a final statement about Gender Gap on Wikimedia movement and Wikimedia projects and our position in front of that issue Final report with results and financial items Multimedia of the event available on Commons

Get involved[edit]


Please use this section to tell us more about who is working on this project. For each member of the team, please describe any project-related skills, experience, or other background you have that might help contribute to making this idea a success.


  • Carmen Alcázar (Secretary of Wikimedia Mexico): conference coordinator overviewing local logistics, volunteer coordinator and conference grant
  • Anna Torres (Executive Director of Wikimedia Argentina): programme coordinator
  • Montserrat Boix (Cofounder Wikimujeres): attendees coordinator
  • María Sefidari (Wikimedia Foundation board): general advisor
  • Iván Martínez (President of Wikimedia Mexico, Wikimania 2015 chief coordinator): conference advisor

Evidence of past success in executing similar projects[edit]

Wikimedia México: successfully organized Iberoconf 2013 and Wikimania 2015; and Museo Soumaya’s 72 hours Guinness World Record winner editathon (logistics and volunteer coordination performed by chapter).


There are two main risks for WWC:

  • Visa issues: some attendees come from countries that require a visa to enter Mexico. Risk is low, but we will encourage attendees to have their immigration procedures done in advance.
  • Male opposition to initiatives: some attendees may face opposition in their communities while attempting to carry out initiatives learnt at the conference (or because they attended the conference)

Community notification[edit]

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Do you think this project should be selected for a Project Grant? Please add your name and rationale for endorsing this project below! (Other constructive feedback is welcome on the discussion page).

  1. I think this is a great proposal, put forward by a group that did a phenomenal job with Wikimania in 2015. I have confidence that they can do a good job with this if they are funded. Bringing Wiki women together is a powerful thing. Merrilee (talk) 19:43, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  2. I fully Support this proposal. I've spoken about a need for it since 2015 among other content gender gap colleagues around the world. Across the globe, in dispersed on-the-ground and online communities, we have many great ideas, but we are quite stove-piped in our conversations. We need to build bridges and develop strategy; this conference will assist with that process. --Rosiestep (talk) 09:55, 12 August 2016 (UTC)
  3. Support Support -- Proven organizers doing important work to focus on gender gap with international as well as national focus. This is a great initiative and is clearly beneficial to all! -- Erika aka BrillLyle (talk) 09:25, 13 August 2016 (UTC)
  4. Support Support Organizers have a very strong track record, and bringing women and allies together in-person to collaborate, discuss key issues and support each other is a useful strategy to forward work addressing the gender gap. Siko (talk) 19:10, 10 September 2016 (UTC)
  5. Support Support Experienced planners with strong plan bringing together people in person to discuss critical issues and development a plan for success. Sydney Poore/FloNight (talk) 19:17, 10 September 2016 (UTC)
  6. I Support Support this grant but only two members from Africa and middle east is to little Touzrimounir (talk) 22:08, 9 October 2016 (UTC)
  7. Support Support Ovva olfa (talk) 20:26, 14 March 2017 (UTC)


  1. Wikipedia contributors. "Gender bias on Wikipedia." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 7 Jul. 2016. Web. 3 Aug. 2016.
  2. This budget was consulted in June 2016.
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