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Feminism and Folklore is an international writing contest organized at Wikipedia annually in the month of February and March to document folk cultures and women in folklore in different regions of the world on Wikipedia. This project is the Wikipedia edition of the photography campaign Wiki Loves Folklore (WLF) that is organized on Wikimedia Commons to document folklore traditions around the world.
start date29 January
end date31 March 30 April 30 May
budget (local currency)147131 INR
budget (USD)US$2,000 / 1,657.97 EUR
grant typeOrganization
contact(s)• hardarshanbenipal.hb@gmail.com
organization (if applicable)• Open Heritage Foundation
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Project Goal[edit]

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

  1. Add or improve content
  2. Engage existing and new editors

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one edita thon or training or a series of edit-a-thons or training?

Wiki Loves Folklore is a project for intangible heritage organized on Wikimedia Commons. A concurrent contest, Feminism and Folklore is organized on Wikipedia to improve the coverage of women in folklore and intangible heritage and folk culture of different regions, including folk dances, folk music, folk activities, folk games, folk cuisine, folk wear, folklore, and tradition, including ballads, folktales, fairy tales, legends, traditional song and dance, folk plays, games, seasonal events, calendar customs, folk arts, folk religion, mythology, etc. The campaign is targeted at protecting the world’s intangible cultural heritage. In the 2020 edition, content about women in folklore and mythology has been created in 18 different languages covering the regional personalities and mythology with over 4000 articles.

Feminism and Folklore provides an opportunity for the local folklore enthusiasts and conservationists to document their local rituals, folk cultural activities, and songs improving the coverage on various cultures and new forms of heritage that haven’t otherwise been documented so far.

In the last two years, we have been able to document around 27000 media from over 125+ countries. In 2019, we had a successful international edition that ran from 1-28 Feb 2019 where we got 7121 images from 1700+ participants from over 120 countries in the theme pertaining to the festivals and ceremonies from different parts of the world. In 2020, the competition elicited 19,052 image submissions, 144 videos, and 13 audio files, the campaign documented folk culture of over 125 countries around the globe. Over 1496 photographers took part and around 20 affiliates collaborated in the project.

We will use the categories on English Wikipedia to present subcategories to our participants for additional references. For more information check our 2019 grant report, 2020 grant report and meta page of 2019 and 2020 edition and Commons project Page.

This year to expand the scope of the campaign, we will endeavour to collaborate with around 20-30 affiliates to organize the campaign locally.

2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.

3. How will you judge the contest and award prizes?

Volunteer juries from the respective language communities will judge the articles and select winners.

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

We have diversity and inclusivity at heart and will recall that in our communications. Additionally, this project will cover important gaps of indegenous knowledge that are being left out. It will allow people an opportunity to collect, document and make that knowledge freely available with free licenses that can be used for educational and research later.


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

  1. Number of participants: In the 2019 and 2020 iteration, we had the participation of average participation of over 150 people from 15 countries in 2019 and 400 participants from 19 language communities and projects. We would target at least 100 participants this time considering the circumstances of the ongoing global pandemic and over 500 articles from 10 + language communities/projects.


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).

Different affiliates and local heritage non-profits will support the project. An international team with tech experts, communication experts and other active members will support the project.

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

  • Total amount: 2000 USD
Item Budget
1st PRIZE 300
2nd PRIZE 200
3rd PRIZE 100
top 15 consolations 150
Domestic prizes/edit-a-thons budget/local coordinators merchandize 600
Website hosting, domain, gsuite, website builder softwares and hosting domain for website 250
Communications 50
Paid campaigning 50
Miscellaneous 50
Fiscal Sponsor and bank transfer fee 250
Grand Total 2000


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