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Wiki Editoras Lx/Editatona Visibilidade Negra: juntes editamos a Wikipédia
Wiki Editoras Lx is organizing a single edit-a-thon on saturday April 30th on visibilizing lusophone BIPOC, queer, women and non-binary people. Vanessa Sanches, co-founder of BANTUMEN will be our curatorial specialist.
start dateapril 19
end datemay 20
budget (local currency)2.314,40 €
budget (USD)US$ 2,532.72
grant typegroup
non-profit statusno
granteeAnita Braga
contact(s)• ana_cbraganca(_AT_)• editoraswikipedialx(_AT_)
organization (if applicable)• Wiki Editoras Lx

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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.

In this edit-a-thon our main goal is to:
  1. Reach out local BIPOC participants, expanding the knowledge network of our group and projects.
  2. Collectively add or improve content on lusophone BIPOC, queer, women and non-binary people.
Also, we maintain the objectives of all our events:
  1. Recruit new editors particularly cis and trans women and gender non-binary individuals (underrepresented in Wikipedia), engaging them to join Wiki Editoras Lx (editors group).
  2. Increase skills for existing editors and offer basic skills training for new editors.
In addition, after two years without events due to the pandemic, this edit-a-thon also aims to
  1. Consolidate the Wiki Editoras Lx existing network, providing a moment to engage physically after the last two years of remote activity.

Project Plan[edit]


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

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

Wiki Editoras Lx is organizing a single edit-a-thon on saturday April 30th. This edit-a-thon is an independent grassroots initiative looking for financial support from Wikimedia. Our event's Friendly Space Policies will be based on Art+Feminism's policy.
We will work from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM and have lunch together.
  • Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (including a lunch break)
  • Who should attend: Priority will be given to black cis and trans women and non-binary people
  • Maximum number of participants: 25 seats
  • The event is free, registration is required
  • To encourage mothers/parents with children to attend, this year we will make sure to provide childcare!
  • Hashtag: #Editatona30ALx

2. How have you let relevant Wikimedia communities know about this proposal? You are required to provide links to on-wiki pages to inform these communities about your proposed work. Examples of places where this can be done include community discussion pages, affiliate discussion pages, or relevant project talk pages.
You may also provide information about external social media channels you may be using.

We created a dashboard for the event and we will promote it in the village pump. We have also created a on-wiki event page.
However, since this is an edit-a-thon focused on attracting new editors so off wiki communication will be our focus.

3. 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.

The event will be promoted in the biweekly meetings of Wiki Editoras Lx group and alongside with its regular online communication.
We will reach out through our mailing list and other Telegram Wikimedia editor’s groups in which the organizers participate, as well as through our internal whatsapp group (45 members).
We will also launch a social media joint promotion campaign as follows:
  • The venue, Penhasco Arte Cooperativa, the four organizers and the curatorial specialist will promote the event in their networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, emails and whatsapp).
  • The curatorial specialist, Vanessa Sanches, is the co-founder and managing editor of Bantumen, a relevant BIPOC independent media project, focused on the black lusophone community, so her promotion efforts will be key to target this community for the edit-a-thon.
  • Additionally, there will be a small social media paid ads campaign (Facebook and Instagram).
  • We will contact other important local grassroots women organizations for increased promotion.
Aditionally, we will share information about the event with the local municipality in order to have it featured in the local magazine (Revista da Junta de Freguesia Penha de França).

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

Yes, the organizers at Wiki Editoras Lx involved in this event are experienced editors. Wiki Editoras Lx organize biweekly events open to new editors, both online and in person since may 2019. Also, on the 8 March 2020, we have already organized a very similar edit-a-thon, Editatona 8M: Artivismo. Juntas Editamos a Wikipédia
The others group members of this event, Categcc, MariaCurista, RitaFMatos, as well as other editors who meet biweekly as Wiki Editoras Lx group to improve content on and of interest to women and to other non-binary identities, will also work as instructors to support the main facilitators.

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

The event will be carried out at Penhasco Arte Cooperativa, where there are communal tables, chairs, extension cords, unlimited fast-speed internet, a screen and a projector. We will invite participants to bring their own laptops, power cords, and mobile phones.
Participants who already have editing skills will have the opportunity to improve it by working with other experienced editors, as for the new editors, the four organizers-editors and the main facilitators will offer the support and basic editing skills training. Everybody will be able to add new content or at least improve content in Wikipedia during this event.
The main written and spoken language will be Portuguese (we will be editing the Portuguese Wikipedia), however, and given the multilingual and multicultural diversity of the city of Lisbon, we also welcome participants who would like to write in other languages.

6. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

  1. Sending participants a post-event assessment questionnaire and inviting them to join our biweekly meetings, Wiki Editoras Lx.
  2. Inviting them to join our Whatsapp group and other Social media groups.
  3. Sending them future emails with next edit-a-thon/special events' information.

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: Risk Assessment Tool

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

Considering the main goal of our editors´ group work since its beggining, which is to create and expand contents and knowledge in Wikipedia with and about lusophone women and non-binary people, particularly on black, indigenous, queer, migrants, and roma people, this event will alow us to deepen the connection with a black local lusophone media, expanding knowledge networks and narrowing gaps of content in Wikipedia and in our own editors’ community diversity.
Additionally, this opportunity will strengthen the continuity of our editors’ group work; after all the lockdown’s period that forced us to work remotely for so long, organizing this in-person edit-a-thon will allow us to reconnect, heal, and jointly recruit new members and consolidate alliances.
Moreover, it is worth noting that the last event funded by a rapid grant that the group received in March 2020 had a huge turn out and allowed a considerable increase in our group members, which in turn resulted in a sustained activity for the last two years, either online and, more recently, in-person periodical meetings. The outcome of this sustained activity is illustrated in this map, where you can see all the 348 articles created by the group, which increased from 3 editors, in March 2020, to around 50 editors nowadays.
Considering the pandemic current situation, we will follow the local authorities’ guidelines, which at the moment are due by 20 march 2022. These include, for this kind of events, the mandatory use of masks; requesting the presentation of a valid EU Digital COVID certificate or a negative valid test; social distancing of the individual working stations (everyone will be asked to bring their own laptop); PENHA SCO has an outdoor terrace where the lunch break will take place and no sharing of food will be allowed.


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

  1. Number of events: 1
  2. Number of participants: maximum of 25 seating participants + 4 organizers + 4 facilitators + 1 curatorial specialist + 2 people from the venue (childcare/food services) = 36
  3. Number of new editors: 25 people
  4. Number of articles created or improved: 25
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events): N/A


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).

Wiki Editoras Lx, the organizer of this event, is a group of Wikipedia editors (application for recognition as Wikimedia affiliate is still under discussion) born out of an editathon that took place during the 2nd Lisbon's Feminist Festival, on May 25th, 2019. Since then we have been meeting regularly twice a month (Mondays), at Penhasco Arte Cooperativa, Lisbon, Portugal.
Our group is an independently grassroots not-for-profit initiative with no resources or institutional support. We regularly welcome new editors (no experience is required), keeping at least 90% of cis or trans women and gender non-binary individuals membership. We address gender inequalities in Wikipedia while improving content on and of interest to women and to other gender non-binary identities, often focusing on global-south and BIPOC individuals.
As a long term partner, Penhasco Arte Cooperativa will be in charge of the space management, technical equipment, internet and other services and logistics, and will also support with the promotion of the event.
Vanessa Sanches will be our curatorial specialist. After several years as a journalist and editorial coordinator of leading digital platforms in Portugal and Angola, Vanessa decided to launch herself in the world of entrepreneurship and co-founded Bantumen, a platform dedicated to the black Portuguese-speaking community, with emphasis on african lusophone countries.

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

This edit-a-thon is an independent non-profit grassroots initiative with no financial or institutional support looking for funding to cover some of the event's costs:
  • Food expenses - Coffee/snack + lunch (including drinks) = 39 people x 16 € = 624 €
- 25 participants
- 4 organizers + 4 facilitators + 1 curatorial specialist. All editors.
- 2 venue people (childcare/food services)
- 3 kids (in case some of the participants bring their children)
  • Childcare = 80 €
  • Social media paid ad campaign = 70 €
  • Local transportation for curatorial specialist = 40 €
  • Transportation for our both main facilitators from out of Lisbon = 120 €
  • Venue (space and services) = 400 €
  • Graphics Designing = 300 €
  • Merchandising (customized stickers and tote bags for the participants) = 320€
  • Accomodation for curatorial specialist = 150 € (2 nights)
  • Unforseen expenses = 210,40 € (10%)

TOTAL: 2314,40€ or approx. US$ 2,532.72


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • Strong support Strong support Wiki Editoras Lx has been already organizing recurrent edit-a-thons to help engage new female editors in Wikipedia in Portuguese. This is a great opportunity to see what the group can accomplish, in terms of impact and organization, with an actual grant. Looking forward to seeing it happen! GiFontenelle (talk) 01:53, 17 March 2022 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support This is exactly the type of event we need more of and like GiFontenelle said above: "[t]his is a great opportunity to see what the group can accomplish"! -Yupik (talk) 19:25, 21 March 2022 (UTC)