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Faith Mwanyolo/Wiki Loves Women 2021 in Kenya
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. This project also aims to due its part to close two major subject gaps – women and Africa – on the free encyclopaedia Wikipedia. This will be done via trainings and editathons to involve more women in contribution of content about women.
targetfr.wikiquote.org, Wikipedia & Wikimedia Commons
start date1st September
end date20th December
budget (local currency)117,268 KES
budget (USD)1,095 USD
grant typeindividual
contact(s)• faithchugu@gmail.com

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Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project Goal[edit]

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

  1. Increase awareness about the gender gap issue so that proper steps are taken to close this gap.
  2. Involve more women in the editing process.
  3. Add or improve relevant 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?

The following activities will be undertaken during the stated period:
  • 3 edit-a-thons to take place over the months of October, November & December 2021
  • 2 follow up sessions with the volunteers to brief the participants about the campaign
  • 1 training session to train the participants how to contribute.

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event? Please provide links to the usernames of these individuals.
For example: User:I JethroBT

FaithMwanyolo and Juneakhwale will take charge of the sessions and trainings.

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

Yes there have been consistent participants who already have the skills to contribute high quality content. New editors will be guided by the two leads of the project via presentations and calls.

5. How will you let participants know about the edit-a-thon? 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.

We will send emails about the contest to our already existing mailing list which includes everyone who participated in the previous contests and we shall use social medias like WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. We shall also use our personal networks to spread the word. We also fostered collaborations in our past events and will continue to pursue 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 engage participants after the event(s)?

By the end of this project, a lot more people will be aware of the gender gap issue and will actively be trying to curb the problem. More of my community members will know how to edit and write articles on Wikipedia as well.
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
Engagement will be via WhatsApp groups and mailing lists.

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:

Yes we are running 2 in-person events.

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

Being the first time I am taking charge of Wiki Loves Women and the SheSAid initiative, I am excited to engage women across various platforms. I am also looking forward to engaging the Goethe Institut as they are also actively involved in gender based initiatives.


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

  1. Number of events: 3
  2. Number of participants: 15
  3. Number of new editors: 7
  4. Number of of articles created or improved: 15
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events): 10


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).

Current resources include slides and presentations that were provided to us by the main leads of this campaign. Other resources include FaithMwanyolo and Juneakhwale who will take charge of the sessions and trainings.

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

  • Communication outreaches 100 USD: Use of social media platforms (WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram,Twitter) for advertising the contest with an aim of reaching out to many people.
  • Opening ceremony inclusive of venue, lunch and transport : 200 USD
  • Closing ceremony inclusive of venue, lunch and transport : 200 USD
  • Certificates: 15 * 3 USD = 45 USD to be given to each participant
  • Prizes : 300 USD to be given to outstanding participants
  • Data bundles for participants plus organizers: 200 USD
  • Contingency : 50 USD

Total USD: 1,095 USD


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • Support. I support the application for user:FaithMwanyolo as we look forward to see more content reflecting diverse african women and voice of Kenyan women matter. 20:06, 15 June 2021 (UTC)user:ola.mahadi
  • Support Support this project and the application submitted by Faith Anthere (talk)
  • Strong support Strong support as with the other Wiki Loves Women Focus Group applications, we are very excited to see how User:FaithMwanyolo's project proceeds in Kenya! Islahaddow (talk) 15:16, 16 June 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support I am very happy to support this initiative. Serieminou (talk) 22:40, 20 June 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support Great work for the gender gap initiative. Kunokuno (talk) 12:59, 20 July 2021 (UTC)