Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/WikiForHumanRights United Arab Emirates 2023 (ID: 22105284)

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statusNot funded
WikiForHumanRights United Arab Emirates 2023
proposed start date2023-06-05
proposed end date2023-06-05
budget (local currency)7650 AED
budget (USD)2081.81 USD
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionMENA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• user:Reda Kerbouche
organization (if applicable)• Wikimedians of United Arab Emirates User Group

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.

user:Reda Kerbouche

Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

User:Reda_Kerbouche User:Serine Ben Brahim User:دانية دروبي User:Iyhab1994 User:Duaa Khidir


Wikimedians of United Arab Emirates User Group

Are you a member of any Wikimedia affiliate or group, including informal groups like Wiki Fan Clubs, emerging language communities, not recognized Wikimedia groups etc.? Please list them all.

Wikimedians of UAE User Group

Grant Proposal[edit]

M. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.

WikiForHumanRights United Arab Emirates 2023

Q. Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries? (optional)


Q2. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

Gulf Region

R. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has.

1. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important.

We intend to participate in the WikiForHumanRights campaign, which aims to raise awareness about our right to a healthy environment. We, the UAE User Group, strongly support this campaign and would like to use our participation in this campaign to raise awareness about the importance of the environment and our rights to a healthy environment.

2. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.

This year, the government is focusing on sustainability and the environment in preparations for the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention Climate change (COP28) at Expo City Dubai in November 2023. Therefore, we believe it would be an opportunity to organize an edit-a-thon as well as a panel discussion at Expo City in June. The Emirates Literature Foundation, our Fiscal Manager, will organize several book clubs in collaboration with Expo City, bringing international authors who write about the environment and climate change to discuss their books with readers. We will take part in this and partner with ELF and Expo City Dubai to do the following:

  • Organize an edit-a-thon focusing on various Wikimedia projects mainly Wikipedia (creating or editing articles related to environment, sustainability, climate change, and biodiversity etc.), Wiki commons (taking picture of the sustainability pavilion at Expo), and Wiki Data.
  • Organize a panel discussion at the book club. The panel discussion can include international author(s) as well as a representative of WikiForHumanRights Campaign.
3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

In order to be diverse in our edit-a-thon, the participants can choose either to participate in editing some Wikipedia articles, or exploring the sustainability pavilion at Expo City, taking photos and uploading them on Wikimedia commons, or creating data items on Wiki data.

4. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign or event? If so, please select the relevant campaign below. If so, please select all the relevant campaigns from the list below. If "other", please state which.


5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

We do believe that we have the suitable team to carry out these activities. Our team includes: Ahlam Bolooki (volunteer): The General Director of the User Group. Role: Oversee the User Group’s operations, liaise with stakeholders, drive strategic growth for the User Group as well as oversee the overall performance of the User Group. Dania Droubi (volunteer): The Executive Director of the User Group. Role: overseeing day-to-day activities, improving performance, and creating strategic plans for the User Group. Serine Ben Brahim (salaried): The Project Manager of the User Group. Role: responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the completion of the User Group’s projects and activities. Reda Kerbush (consultant): The User Group Grants Manager. Role: Responsible for applying grant(s) funding for the User Group and supporting in overseeing the budget. Iyhab Barakat (salaried): Lead Research Officer. Role: responsible for identifying research goals, establishing research methods for each User Group’s project, creating and analyzing surveys. Duaa Khidir (volunteer): Research Officer. Role: supporting the Lead Research Officer. Bilal Sakhi (volunteer): Financial Manager. Role: oversee the finances of the User Group.

6. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified CONTENT knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Geography, Language, Socioeconomic Status, Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance), Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

6.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

7. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or THEMATIC focus. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work and explain the rationale for identifying these themes.

Human Rights, Climate Change and sustainability

8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?

Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Socioeconomic status, Age

9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities?

Our target audience consists of university students and anyone else interested in free knowledge. We intend to invite our UAE Wikimedians community to participate in our event. We also hope to raise awareness about our User Group, Wikimedia Foundation projects, and free knowledge through social media, press releases, and university media platforms. We will develop a marketing strategy for this event in order to introduce as many individuals in the UAE as possible to this event, the campaigns, and the Wikimedia movement. We’ll work with one or two universities to encourage their students to attend this event.

10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?

We will make certain that our participants have all of the information and requirements they need to have a successful event, as well as that the venue is accessible to all. This includes: a good venue location, instructions on how to get there (via public transportation and/or their own vehicle), snacks, beverages, and refreshments, gift bags (tote bag + stickers + pen + notebook), clear event instructions, etc.

11. Please tell us about how you have let your Wikimedia communities know about the planned activities and this proposal. Use this space to describe the processes you carried out to make the community more involved in planning this proposal. Please link the on-wiki community discussion(s) around the proposals.

We have had several meeting, the community is ok. We have had also a meeting with the contact person of the WikiHumanRight (Global and MENA Region)

12. Are you aware of other Rapid Fund proposals in your local group, community, or region that are being submitted and that align with your proposed project?


If yes:

12.1 Did you explore the possibility of doing a joint proposal with other leaders in your group?
12.2 How will this joint proposal allow you to have better results?
13. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedia partners to implement this proposal? Required.


13.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

The COP 28 will be in Dubai and this event will be a part of this event. this very important can be very helpful for recruting new people involved in the climat changing and in the free knowledg

14. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of THREE options that most apply.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Identify Topics for Impact, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

15. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

What was the best way to get the targeted audience to the event? How many newcomers did we have? And how many are interested to continue contributing in Wikimedia projects? What are the results of the surveys?

16. Based on these learning questions, what is the information or data you need to collect to answer these questions? Please register this information (as metric description) in the following spaces provided.
Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Participants from universities and people involved in the COP 28 40
Number of editors 30
Number of organizers 4
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

100 Wikipedia Article

18. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support.

The #tag

Financial Proposal[edit]

19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.

7650 AED

19.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

2081.81 USD

20. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.

We/I have read the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and Universal Code of Conduct.


Endorsements and Feedback[edit]

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Community members are invited to share meaningful feedback on the proposal and include reasons why they endorse the proposal. Consider the following:

  • Stating why the proposal is important for the communities involved and why they think the strategies chosen will achieve the results that are expected.
  • Highlighting any aspects they think are particularly well developed: for instance, the strategies and activities proposed, the levels of community engagement, outreach to underrepresented groups, addressing knowledge gaps, partnerships, the overall budget and learning and evaluation section of the proposal, etc.
  • Highlighting if the proposal focuses on any interesting research, learning or innovation, etc. Also if it builds on learning from past proposals developed by the individual or organization, or other Wikimedia communities.
  • Analyzing if the proposal is going to contribute in any way to important developments around specific Wikimedia projects or Movement Strategy.
  • Analysing if the proposal is coherent in terms of the objectives, strategies, budget, and expected results (metrics).