Grants:PEG/Yvonne Oluoch/Edit-a-thon campaign for Kenyan influential women

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Edit-a-thon campaign for Kenyan influential women under the S.K.I.R.T.S Initiative
S.K.I.R.T.S stands for Socially Keen Individuals Redefining Tech Spaces and we want to do exactly that. Get more influential Kenyan women represented on Wikipedia so as to reduce the digital gender gap of women representation on Wikipedia, especially in Kenya.
targetUniversity female students
strategic priorityIncrease participation and in turn increase contribution of quality content
start dateNovember 14
start year2015
end dateApril 30
end year2016
budget (local currency)KES 398,200
budget (USD)3982 USD 1 USD=100 KES
grant typeIndividuals collective
created on14:12, 13 February 2015 (UTC)


The goal of this project is to create a community of women editors in Kenya. So far, there is no Kenyan woman actively contributing Kenyan women research in Wikipedia. So why is wikipedia the platform of choice? Wikipedia is a highly reputable website mainly because of the quality of documentation it contains.Unfortunately, most influential women in Kenya feature more on gutter press than on Wikipedia.It is therefore the best platform to use for promoting visibility of influential women in Kenya. This will then have a ripple effect on the young women editors to learn more the different areas of society in which they can contribute and make positive change.


Our plan is simple, mobilize college students who are interested in research and learning how to contribute to Kenyan women wikipedia content. Train them on how to make wikipedia entries and then organize multiple editathons campaigns in their campuses for capacity building and growth of the community. Offer them mentorship so as to keep the campus wikipedia editathon growing. Some of the women we wish to document include, women who have done notable works in politics, technology and fashion, just but a few NOTE: This is just a sample and we would like to get public’s opinion further contribution during the outreach workshop at Africa Women in Tech Conference on the 14th November 2015

  1. Orie Rogo Manduli
  2. Ann Mcreath
  3. Carole Kinoti
  4. Connie Aluoch
  5. Dorothy Nyongó
  6. Angela Oduor
  7. Linda Kamau
  8. Judith Owigar
  9. Marrie Githingji
  10. Mishi Juma
  11. Zainab Kalekye
  12. Aisha Jumwa
  13. Halima Ware
  14. Shakila Abdalla
  15. Joyce Wanjala Lay
  16. Shukra Hussein Gure
  17. Fatuma Ibrahim Ali
  18. Fathia Mahbuub,
  19. Nasra Ibrahim Ibren
  20. Tiyah Galgalo
  21. Florence Kajuju
  22. Beatrice Nkatha
  23. Rose Rwamba Mitaru
  24. Nyiva Mwendwa,
  25. Susan Musyoka,
  26. Rose Mumo Museo
  27. Wanjiku Muhia
  28. Priscilla Nyokabi
  29. Winnie Karimi
  30. Wanjiru Chege,
  31. Annah Gatheca
  32. Joyce Akai Emanikor
  33. Regina Nyeris Changorok
  34. Maison Leshoomo
  35. Janet Nangabo
  36. Eusila Ngeny
  37. Susan Chebet
  38. Zipporah Kering
  39. Grace Kobilo Kiptui
  40. Jane Machira Appolos
  41. Mary Mbugua
  42. Narok, Soipan Tuya
  43. Mary Yiane Seneta
  44. Hellen Chelangat Chepkwony
  45. Cecilia Ngetich
  46. Rachel Amolo
  47. Dorcas Kedogo
  48. Reginalda Wanyonyi
  49. Florence Mwikali
  50. Christine Omabaka
  51. Rose Nyamunga
  52. Gladys Atieno Nyasuna
  53. Dennitah Ghati
  54. Mary Keraa-Otara
  55. Alice Chae
  56. Rachel Shebesh
  57. Sylvia Munyama


We intend to start small and have a huge impact which will strengthen our foundation, as we say, less is more. Our first outreach will be conducted at the African Women Tech Conference in Nairobi on 14th November 2015. This is a women tech community that I am a part of and it will be a good avenue to meet with female students who are interested to learn and contribute to wikipedia. A 2 hour workshop breakout session will ignite their curiosity and we plan to create a women in tech Kenya wikipedia page.

Subsequent trainings and editathon is to follow from February to April (Universities close in december for holidays and in january, students take time to settle down from holidays). We will work with 3 colleges in Nairobi i.e KCA University, Strathmore and Kenyatta. In each college we intend to host a total of 3 workshop trainings. 3 Saturdays in February in each college,same in March then in April, we will mix it up to be more interesting and attract more students. Within the 3 saturdays in April, one campus becomes a host of the other two and we alternate it within the 3 Saturdays. This will make a strong closing on the editathon campaign.

Broad Activity Objective Indicator of success
Nov 2015 Outreach program at AWTC Spread the news and get people psyched up about the subsequent trainings Number of people who will sign up between 10-20 will be good
Feb 2016 Campus editathons 30-40 participants in total(target) Train students ways to contribute to wikipedia 110 new entries
Mar 2016 Campus editathons More wikipedia entries 160 new entries including edits
Apr 2016 Campus editathons More entries Successful 180 new entries Based on the target number of 30 and the average number of entries within 3 months is 150, then all the 30 editors will automatically become active editors by making 5 edits per month.
Community Engagement

We intend to use our breakout session at the AWTC to engage as many women as possible since this women in tech kenya community brings together influential women across all sectors and not only in technology.During the 2 hour outreach session, we will use it to get more public opinion from the community on other influential women they believe should be documented on wikipedia, besides the ones that we have on our list.


Our sustainability strategy is to create a mailing list that will actively engage the editors remotely. Also, each campus is to have a wikipedia champion (someone who coordinates local campus wikipedia participants) who will also actively engage new participants who join the community. This will help grow the number of Kenya women wikipedia editors and increase Kenyan women content in wikipedia. Our local campus champions and other active member will also engage in mentor-mentee program to help new members settle in and contribute.

Project Members
  • Yvonne - Organizing facilitator
  • Elijah - Project Manager
  • Lydia - Strategist
  • Peter - Advisor-has been editing wikipedia for 5 years and counting
  • Carolyne - volunteering participant
  • Margaret - volunteering participant


Our impact is to have a solid women wikipedia chapter in Kenya that promotes women visibility and helps reduce the gender gap in wikipedia. More awareness of the public especially college students that they can contribute to wikipedia content and not just be consumers and downloaders of internet content. Additional package that comes with community and awareness is: Improved research, documentation and quality editing skills within the community.

Target readership[edit]

Wikipedia digital gender gap, getting more Kenyan influential women represented and women leading the contribution. Version: Wikipedia English. Why? Because English attracts more readership traffic as compared to Kiswahili.

Fit with strategy[edit]

What crucial thing will the project try to change or benefit in the Wikimedia movement? Please select the Wikimedia strategic priority(ies) that your project most directly aims to impact and explain how your project fits. Most projects fit all strategic priorities. However, we would like project managers to focus their efforts on impacting 1–2 strategic priorities. Examples of strategic priorities can be found here.

Measures of success[edit]

Our measures of success depends on our strategic goals i.e: Grow a community by increasing reach to new contributors. This will take place as the activity flow above i.e we start off by hosting a workshop at the African Women In Tech Conference AWTC,which will take place at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi on the 14th November 2015. Details This conference has the perfect target audience from high school and college students and professionals. Not only from tech but across all fields. The beauty is that this conference will bring together influencial women in one place and potential contributors also. This conference will lead up to subsequent trainings in 3 campuses within a 3 month period as we build on a mentorship program through remote participation. With increased reach, comes increased participation to contribute which will in turn lead to increased readership from a trusted source.

Please provide a list of both quantitative and qualitative criteria that will be used to determine how successful the project is. You will need to report on the success of the project according to these measures after the project is completed. See the PEG program resources for suggested measures of success.

Qualitative goals criteria includes

Increased contributions Increased skills for editing/contributing Recruitment of new editors/contributors I believe that the above 3 goals stand a high chance of success since college students respect and value wikipedia's work. So having a positive perception towards wikipedia heightens the desire of students to want to be associated with wikipedia in this case female students. One point to note is that most students use wikipedia as their trusted source for any truthful referral, even cheating on exams and lecturers have never disputed wikipedia's content. So all the above qualitative goals stand a high chance to succeed.

Quantitative metrics

During the African Women In Tech Conference: Our target number of signed up participants either from high school or college students or professionals is 20 atmost. We will create a mailing list from the details that they will leave from signing up and invite them to our subsequent campus trainings where we are targeting 10 college students with (+5 allowance will be available) 3 campuses, 10 students each, a total of 30 new contributors/ editors (+10-15 allowance) 2nd month target is to attract new users who did not make it to the 1st month and the 3rd month target is to retain the contributors and encourage them to continue editing through remote participation, mentor-mentee program.

Event Max target No.of participants indicator of success
AWTC, outreach, Nov 2015 20 at least 10 of the registered attendants show up on campus editathons
Campus editathon 1, Feb 2016 45 in total from 3 campuses +10 from AWTC outreach 110 new articles and update edits of existing influential women pages(each person, an edit and a new entry)
Campus editathon 2,March 2016 Retain 35 participants from 1st editathon and attract 10 new users 140 new articles and edits, each participant to make atleast 4 entries of new articles and editing update.New participants will make 2 entries each, 1 new article and 1 edit i.e 20 entries.Total entries from 2nd editathon is 160
Campus editathon 3, April 2016 Retain all 45 2nd editathon participants, new participants are welcome 180 entries,at least 4 per person, either edits or new articles, new members will be teamed up with existing participants through a mentor-mentee program so as to learn and make some entry contribution
TOTAL:1 outreach campaign+9 editathons TOTAL:45 retained active editors TOTAL:450 new articles and edits

Resources and risks[edit]

Location Resource
AWTC Venue is free
Campuses Library use free


Team Members

  • Yvonne Oluoch organizing facilitator wiki/User:Yvonne_Oluoch
  • Lydia, Strategist
  • Margret,Volunteering facilitator
  • Carolyne volunteering facilitator
  • Elly Young, Project Manager
  • Peter, Advisor and active wikipedia contributor

Unfortunately, we do not have any evidence for past wikipedia contribution online and we hope this will be our first successful online contribution to wikipedia. A step into the right direction from offline mobilization and outreach. I attended a gender ad tech conference in Berlin last year in December and that is where I got to learn of wiki gender gap in a workshop session on women representation on wikipedia. From there, I always bring up the discussion of bridging wiki gender gap to create awareness and contribution of more women especially global south, Kenya to be specific.


Not specifically a risk but rather a need.Since we want to host 3 editathons per months in 3 months i.e 9 in total. Getting a volunteer contributor especially for the 1st month might be a challenge given that there is no compensation in offering trainings. Local Kenyan context while conducting workshop trainings is that most facilitators will want a small compensation. Local training context.


Please provide a detailed breakdown of project expenses according to the instructions here. See Budget Guidelines.

Grantees are subject to line-item scrutiny of expenses. Changes to the approved budget beyond 10% in any category must be approved in advance.

Item Description Unit Number of Units Unit Cost Total Cost Notes
Pull up banners 1 4 180 720 One banner for the AWTC outreach workshop, 3 banners for each college campus to attract participants during the 3 month engagement
Branded T-Shirts 1 20 10 200 We will have a stand at the event and during tea breaks and lunch, there will be trivia wikipedia questions for participants to "win "a t-shirt.The trivia will be asking the participants questions on which notable kenyan women are not reflecting in wikipedia and what notable works have they done with evidence.This will encourage participants to refer to wikipedia for evidence and also help us find out more women to document.The t-shirts will be for AWTC Outreach
Food and beverages (mostly snacks) 1 9 250 2,250 During the 3 month editathon campaign, we will conduct 9 editathon workshops, 3 at each campus
Transportation 1 30*6 250 450 During the last month of the editathon, we would like the participants to get to know other community members instead of contributing independently as campuses.This will strenghten the community and even strenghten the remote mentorship process.So we would like to organize transportation from one campus to another for networking between the participants.This will save time if we can all arrive at the designated campus of choice instead of having the participants going individually.So we will hire local transportation to the campus of the day.To and fro transportation to their respective campuses
Misceleneous (in terms of bank fees and inflation rate 1 1 362 We are estimating miscellaneous to cost at most 10% of the total items cost i.e 3620. Foreign currency bank charges usually cost 10 dollars per transaction in most banks.Any extra costs within miscellaneous will be clearly accounted for
Total 3,982=398200 KES
Total cost of project
1 USD=100 KES
Total amount requested from the Project and Event Grants program
3982 USD =398,200 KES
Additional sources of revenue that may fund part of this project, and amounts funded

During the outreach workshop, Akirachix, the hosting organization are generous enough to offer us venue and meals for the day free of charge. Also, the college campus administration are offering their libraries and campus venue for free so no charges for that. We all stay in Nairobi so commuting from the campuses will either be using our private cars or public transportation (personal preference of individual organizer).

Non-financial requirements[edit]

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Requests for non-financial assistance, if any

We would appreciate if we can use wikipedia logo in branding our trivia contest t-shirts and the banners.We want the t-shirts to look very nice that the audience will want to engage.Besides that we have a very charimstic lady to lead the contest.Like we know, small gestures go a long way and a won t-shirt has greater value than a free t-shirt. Also, given that the project is of a 3 month duration and we mentioned it above as a need rather than a risk. Can we get contact help with Kenya local wikipedia editors to train our contributors within the first month in each campus. We have one on board but we would appreciate if we can get connected with others so that they are part of this phenomenal project.


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  • Kenya women representation in Wikipedia is important, so that the girl child can have local role models to look up to. Qwerty (talk) 14:29, 13 February 2015 (UTC)
  • I am endorsing this project because of its clear objectives and strategy to get the right audience. Count me in Yvonne, I want to improve my writing skills and learn more about influential kenyan women.Irene Kimani (talk)16:03,20 October 2015 (UTC)
  • A project like this encourages both contribution and awereness amongst the public.Kenya is a huge consumer of internet content and so our girls should contribute to the content that is widely consumed by many globally.Kiptoo (talk) 17:30, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I cant wait to be a prt of this during the AWTC. See you guys on the 14th Caro (talk) 18:25, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
  • This project will empower the girl child in Kenya.I mostly like the AWTC target audience, perfect strategy plan Irene Kirimi (talk) 18:40, 20 October 2015 (UTC)