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Gender Gap initiative #SheSaid drive organized in MyCountry
This project seeks to support the global #SheSaid campaign organized by the Wiki Loves Women team, by engaging new and current members of my local community in creating or improving wikiquote entries related to women
start dateSeptember 1st
end dateDecember 31st
budget (USD)please add the amount you are requesting (USD)
grant typeindividual
contact(s)• fdevouard(_AT_)anthere.org
organization (if applicable)• Mock-up UG

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Project Goal[edit]

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Recruit new editors
  2. Increase skills for existing editors
  3. Add or improve content

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:
1. What will your initiative focus on, and why is it important to your community?

The initiative is related to the Wiki Loves Women project. Wiki Loves Women contributes towards the UN’s SDG 5 Gender Equity: achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. Within the 2030 Wikimedia Strategy, the Wiki Loves Women project works towards resolving several recommendations, and in particular Invest in Skills and Leadership Development.
The Wiki Loves Women team recently created a Focus Group. Its membership is made of 12 women, the majority of which from Africa. I am one of its members.
The main goal of the Focus Group is skills transfer and also to raise awareness of and action to counter the lack of representation of women generally, and more specifically on online platforms such as Wikipedia (or Wikiquote). There are many important and contentious issues within the Gender space, however the group is not aimed at unpacking those. Rather it is aimed at transferring vital skills towards women and men – digital, technical, researching, writing and leadership – that allow them to access information in order to make up their own minds within their cultural specificity. The group will operate through training, mentoring, online learning, peer-to-peer support..
To plainly and practically experience the skills transfer, all members of the WLW Focus Group have agreed to participate to the #SheSaid drive, an initiative that celebrates women leaders and will take place in Fall-Winter 2021
This grant request is meant to support participation in the #SheSaid drive in my local community.
The #SheSaid drive is aimed at improving the visibility of women in creating new or improving already existing Wikiquote entries related to them. It aims to getting women’s voices heard.
First launched in October 2020, the #SheSaid campaign on Wikiquote has been an amazing success! Across 7 languages, by the 5th January 2021, it resulted overall in 867 new or improved articles (the majority new). Italian Wikiquote was the clear language winner (405 articles) with Ukraine (187) and French (106) coming not so close behind. Given its first edition success and noting that there is still a lot to do, the #SheSaid drive will run again end of 2021.
Please read the post on diff about #sheSaid (English) as well as this article in French for further background.

2. Are you doing one edit-a-thon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

We aim at organizing
1 training/presentation session (around September/October, half-day)
3 edit-a-thons (between October to December 2021, half-day)
1 online follow-up session with participants

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event? Please provide links to the usernames of these individuals.

Our main experienced editor will be User:xxx
Besides, the Focus Group will organize online training and support for all Focus Group members. Key person for this mentorship is User:Anthere
Last, our local activity will be organized within a more global framework, with several very experienced editors who can further bring help

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

Participants will in general have to bring their own laptops. We will provide a safe place to contribute, with suitable internet connexion.

5. How will you let participants know about the initiative? In what ways will you be communicating with them?
For example, these can include on-wiki spaces, social media channels, mailing lists, messaging apps, or physical/online gatherings.

Local communication channels
Global drive communication channels include
meta page Wiki Loves Women/SheSaid
website: http://www.wikiloveswomen.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WikiLovesWomen
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WikiLovesWomen
Telegram channels Wiki GenderGap, Wikiwomen, African wikimedians

6. What will you have done at the end of your project? How will you follow-up with people that are involved with your project?

I expect to have learned many skills as lead of a gender gap initiative in the wikimedia network
I expect to have extended my network
I expect to have achieved recruitement, training and team building of new editors in my local area, and intend to follow-up
I expect new content to be created about women from my culture

7. Are you running any in-person events or activities? If so, you will need to complete the steps outlined on the Risk Assessment protocol related to COVID-19. When you have completed these steps, please provide a link to your completed copy of the risk assessment tool below:

8. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets and feel free to add more:

  1. Number of participants : 20
  2. Number of entries created or improved : 100


What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

people ? venue ? Internet ?

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

  1. Four (4) sessions (venue, snacks, travel) : $xxx
  2. Hygiene package : $xxx
  3. Child or elder care : $xxx
  4. Internet support for organizer = $xxx
  5. Internet support for participants during the events = $xxx
  6. Branded tee-shirts for team organizers =$xxx
  7. Marketing material (kakemono, postcards, bookmarks) = $xxx
  8. Communication outreaches (local press, twitter and blog) = $xxx
  9. Small gifts and certificates for participants = $xxx
  10. Miscellaneous and contingency funds = $xxx


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