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Sichelesile/SheSaid Campaign 2021
The campaign is aimed at transferring vital skills towards women librarians digital, technical, researching, writing and leadership – that allow them to access information in order to make up their own minds within their cultural specificity.
start date01 August
end date30 December
budget (local currency)ZWL$416,300
budget (USD)$1150
grant typeIndividual
non-profit statusyes, fiscal sponsor
contact(s)• okasabelo@gmail.com
organization (if applicable)• Wiki in Africa (fiscal sponsor)

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This Wikimedia Foundation grant has a fiscal sponsor. Wiki in Africa administered the grant on behalf of User:Sichelesile.

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. Recruit new editors
  2. Increase skills for the project lead
  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 August/September, half-day)
3 edit-a-thons (between September to November 2021, half-day)
2 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.

The Focus Group will organize online training and support for all Focus Group members. Key people for this mentorship are User:Anthere and User:Islahaddow
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 connection.

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
Zimbabwe Library Association Mat Branch
Whatsapp posters
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 leader of a 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:

In person activities will include 10 or less people accessing the internet in the American space library.

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

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


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 : 15
  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: Zimbabwe Library Association Matebeleland Branch President elect Mrs Makhosazana MacKinna to mobilise women librarians to join the project.
Venue: American Space Library

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

  1. 2 sessions (venue, snacks, travel) x2: $200
  2. Hygiene package (Masks, Sanitisers) : $100
  3. Internet support - $200 X 2 = $400
  4. Branded tee-shirts for team organizers =$150
  5. Marketing material (notepads, bookmarks, pens) = $100
  6. Communication outreaches (local press, facebook, whatsapp) = $50
  7. Small gifts and certificates for participants = $100
  8. Miscellaneous and contingency funds = $50
TOTAL $1150


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • Support Support. I am happy to support this initiative :) Anthere (talk) 17:31, 13 June 2021 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support Of course, I am very happy to support this initiative as it is an extension of Wiki Loves Women and the activities of this year's Focus Group. Looking forward to seeing all the outcomes of it.Islahaddow (talk) 09:34, 15 June 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support This will not only increase the quality of content from Zimbabwe but will be an opportunity to engage editors from this locale. I look forward to the results.AKibombo (talk) 11:57, 17 June 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support I am very happy to support this initiative. Serieminou (talk) 22:35, 20 June 2021 (UTC)