This Wikimedia Foundation grant has a fiscal sponsor. Wiki in Africa administered the grant on behalf of User:ChabbieCee.
Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.
Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.
- Increase my own skills as project leader
- Create Wikipedia awareness
- Train new editors and photographers
- Add or improve content after training
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? Zimbabwean content on the Wikipedia global network is very little like all other African countries. The aim of this project is to put Zimbabwean content on the global network especially information about women which has been neglected over the years. The project aims to involve more women to put up their own information aims to empower themselves.
- 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 and Zimbabwean women will be part of the campaign. #SheSaid drive will run again end of 2021 to amplify women`s voices via-wikiquote/.
2. Are you doing one edit-a-thon or training or a series of editathons or trainings? We aim at organizing trainings and editathons.
We are going to introduce Wikipedia and train new editors to contribute and edit articles on African women. Trainees will also be trained in photography to produce quality photos for Wiki Loves Women.
- 3 training/presentation sessions (around August to October, half-day)
- 3 edit-a-thons (between October to December 2021, half-day)
3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event? Please provide links to the usernames of these individuals.
- 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 organised 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 but in some cases we would request the the host to supply for other participants who might not have the gadgets. We will provide a safe place to contribute, with suitable internet connection.
5. How will you let participants know about the initiative? In what ways will you be communicating with them?
- Global drive communication channels include
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 a lead gender gap initiative in the Wikimedia network.
- I expect to have extended my network.
- I expect to have achieved recruitment, 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:
- We will be hosting the editathons and training sessions in groups of 10 on dedicated trainees.
8. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?
- The project will be an eye opener for Zimbabwean women who will be able to participate and get the global view of things.
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:
- Trainees : 40
- Number of entries created or improved : 200
- Improved use of Wikipedia as an information source
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 to be trained.
- Venues will requested from hosting centres
- Internet connectivity though this is always a challenge and needs backups at times.
What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.
- Six (6) sessions (snacks, travel) : $900
- Hygiene package (hand sanitisers) : $100
- Internet support for organizer = $100
- Internet support for participants during the events = $250
- Branded tee-shirts for team organizers =$200
- Marketing material (pens, postcards, bookmarks) = $100
- Communication outreaches local press = $50
- Small gifts and certificates for participants = $200
- Miscellaneous and contingency funds = $50
- Total Amount = $1950
Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!
- Support This will be a great opportunity to get content from Zimbabwe in addition to training editors from the same country. I look forward to the results. AKibombo (talk) 20:50, 15 June 2021 (UTC)
- Strong support Of course, I am very happy to support this initiative as it is an extension of Wiki Loves Women. Looking forward to seeing all the outcomes of it. Islahaddow (talk) 10:27, 16 June 2021 (UTC)
- Support. I am happy to support this initiative :) I will note though that I think the budget is a bit on the high side, with some expenses seemingly higher than what we usually fund, eg snacks/travel or tee)-short. Bbut it is a bit unclear whether paying a rent for the meeting room will be needed or not. Anthere (talk) 17:31, 13 June 2021 (UTC)
- Support I am very happy to support this initiative. Serieminou (talk) 22:39, 20 June 2021 (UTC)