What is the problem you're trying to solve?
There is a current wide gap between male and female engagement and contributions in the Wikimedia Community in both online and offline.
What is your solution?
Creating a dedicated group (committee) from the larger global community, whose interest will be solely to address the issues of gender. Create and institute campaigns to ensure the continual increase of female engagements in the wiki community.
This group will focus on getting women actively engaged in community and global acivities. Create modules that will best suit women/girls as most events organized are by men hence may not be entirely suitable to our women. We will actively ensure participation of women at the front of decision making, in other words actively involved in decision making.
The group will exercise support for major or global activities by ensuring a minimum women/girls participation of 20℅ of the total number of expected participants at global events (Wikimania, Wikimedia conference, Glam Wiki Conference, etc). The group will also be pleased to setup a scholarship program that may ensure the level of women/girls participation generally in year round activities.This scholarship may be named after a prominent female Wikimedian (example: en:Adrianne Wadewitz) as a way to celebrate the person, to motivate women and to share that their participation actually is much appreciated. This will inform women of the need for their contributions and empower them to take charge of roles and comfortably settle in with the men in their communities. The group will also draw year round activities to ensure the engagement of women on Wikipedia and its sister projects.
- This group may consist of 8-10 members (or more based on the need to fill roles).
- 2/3 of membership on the board or committee shall be women/girls.
- 1/3 of the total membership must posses a background or expertise in the areas of gender.
- 1/3 of the total membership must be experienced and active Wikimedians with an interest to help resolve gender issues.
- Members of this group will come from different geographical background to enhance diversity.
- Set up a group (committee) from the large global community (Wikimedia) that will focus every year on gender issues.
- Set yearly targets to ensure works in bridging the gap.
- Ensure a minimum of 20% of women/girls participation in global community activities
- Foster a portal that women can easily relate to/on, share ideas and propound strategies to reach out to more women.
- Liaise with the programs and grant committee to ensure women attendance at events by inducing policies that requires a certain amount or percentage of women/girls to be at an event before grants are granted.
- Liaise with event organizers to ensure women engagement in local community events.
- Deduce a module that would entice women interest in community activities.
- Project manager Currently i have a group created called Woogle, our aim is to teach both female and male students in JHS and SHS schools how to program in different computer languages. With this group we can invole them also in contributing to wikipedia and other wkipedia projects. I hope to use my skills in bridging the gender gap. John ecklu (talk) 16:09, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
- Advisor I would wish to play an advisory role on this project as i am committed to finding and addressing suitable solutions to the current gender issues. Flixtey (talk) 17:38, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
- This is a great initiative to ensure retention of women in the Wikiverse.There are so many campaigns aimed at bridging the gender gap on Wikipedia.But once the women come on board there will be the need for a group like this to promote their course and interest with such initiatives Rberchie (talk) 20:41, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
- I think this committee is in at the right time. The gender gap is wide, and I hope this goes a long way to ensure more ladies join the Wikimedia fold. Nkansahrexford (talk) 08:01, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
- Great idea! Strong support.→Masssly✉ 10:33, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
- Very insightful thoughts, this when put in place and managed by adequate people can ensure that efforts are channeled in the right direction, precisely towards bridging the gender gap. I wish to however suggest that this group be empowered and supported by the WMF to ensure efficient liaising with other committees that may be directly involved with the issues of gender.Ramanquah (talk) 17:38, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
- Endorse, though it should be done as much as possible through existing wikimedia groups. Carolmooredc (talk) 16:14, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
- I think it best compliments the purpose for this campaign Kwameghana (talk) 18:02, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
- This will work well, if this group exists as a task force to ensure all targets set are met. Laudable idea though! Andrews Lartey (talk) 17:02, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
- Lovely idea will be glad to volunteer on this team Ringwaystella (talk) 18:02, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
- A step in the right direction to motivate females to do more with Wikipedia and to technology at large. I am in full support of the idea and pledge to contribute in any way possible to see this project be a success. Prince Adu-Gyamfi (talk) 01:26, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
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