|REPORT October 2022/ October 2023|
|Months of African Cinema November 2022|
|Wiki Loves Women/SheSaid||Ella dice , November, December 2022, She said in Spanish 2022. 123 new articles|
|Training for Wikimedia Chile||Virtual editing workshop on Wikiquote in Spanish.|
|Interwiki Women Collaboration|
|XV Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean November 2022|
|Encuentro Nacional de Mujeres||Participamos del 35 Encuentro Nacional de Mujeres visibilizando el conocimiento libre y el movimiento Wikimedia.|
|Taller para aprender a editar Wikiquote y Wikidata.||Virtual editing workshop on Wikiquote in Spanish.|
|Wikipedia:Encuentros/Editatona sobre medios y mujeres periodistas independientes||Virtual editing marathon on Wikipedia in Spanish about independent media and outstanding Peruvian women journalists.|
|Iberoconf 2023||Iberocoop:Iberoconf 2023/Programa|
|On February 3, 2023 we participated in the Cibergüenzas Festival de arte urbano: Mujeres en tecnologías y derechos digitales.||Cibergüenzas Festival de arte urbano: Mujeres en tecnologías y derechos digitales|
|March 13 Workshop Wikiquote (Ucranian Women)|
|¡Alto! Mujeres trabajando 2023, collaboration with Wikimedia Argentina, Wikimedistas de Bolivia, Wikimedia Chile, Wikimedia Colombia, Wikimedia El Salvador, Wikimedia España, Wikimedia México, WikiAcción Perú, Wikimedistas de Perú, Wikimedistas de Uruguay, Wikimedia Venezuela, Arte & Feminismo, Cuarto Propio en Wikipedia, WhoseKnowledge?, Wikimedia Small Projects and Wikimedistas del Museo de La Plata.||Dashboard AMT 371 new articles.|
|June 27, training for Wikimedia Colombia staff|
|WikiWomen Summit 2023||Panel: Wiki Women in action: the Past, Present and Future of Making the Movement Gender Equitable.|
Muj(lh)eres latinoamericanas en Wikimedia
Muj(lh)eres latinoamericanas en Wikimedia is a group of users, whose scope covers Latin American countries except for territories that speak English, French or Dutch, that works with the goal of recruiting women to collaborate in all Wikimedia projects. We are dedicated to attract and train new female users, with a gender perspective, so that in the future they will lead and enrich the movement. We believe that the activities carried out to increase the presence of women often work in isolation, so we propose a comprehensive strategy that acts holistically, based on three non-isolated areas that feed each other:
Specific modes of training (workshops, courses, training).
Ways of monitoring the contributions of the users (we monitor what they publish and their workshops).
Support strategies (online and face-to-face mentoring).
We organize fraternization activities (especially in countries where there are no chapters), to invite new users and we also detect users who are already editing independently and invite them to join. We have 89 registered editor members on our Meta page and 246 members on FB Latin American Women on Wikimedia.
Our vision is to have a community of women Wikimedians in each country of the region and to be their reference group. We dedicate our efforts to foster the creation of new communities in unrepresented countries and to the improvement and creation of free content related to women from a gender and non-patriarchal perspective. Our mission is to build technical and management skills, foster new female leadership and offer support to communities of Latin American women of all ages in their projects related to wiki culture.
Our work method is to assist each small community to give them general tools, connect them with other groups or chapters to work in network, show them how the projects work, rules and conventions and teach them how to edit, so that they can then adapt these tools to their interests, that is, to accompany them supporting their points of view, while maintaining their individuality. The work we have been doing until today has always been along the same lines, although we have adjusted the ways. We have learned that women need female role models in which to see themselves reflected and that they feel comfortable working in women's groups, that small groups work better because of the intimacy they allow, because more questions can be asked, that a supportive and inclusive environment among women strengthens bonds and the sense of belonging and community identity. Among women, they dare to ask questions that they would not ask in larger groups. We understood that women's communities must be approached from the face-to-face accompaniment, in small groups and with people who know each other, which gives them a reinforcement of security within the new and unknown area that one is introducing.
We allocate time and resources to the training of women because we expect them to continue our work. We aim for a work of quality, sustainable over time, and not of quantity of editors or leaders or articles. It is an ant's work: we plant the seeds but their growth is autonomous. Not only do we hope that some women will continue editing, but we also want them to continue meeting after we are no longer in their countries, that we will be their reference and that our group of users will be the neuralgic meeting point in the region. The development of their skills will be a plus for the sustainability of our group in Latin America, since these women will continue to be part of our group of users and will be multiplying agents. When they need to organize activities, they will know that they can consult us and that they will always have our support. With them we will generate strategic alliances that will allow us to define new work agendas in the medium and long term. We aim to work including women and girls from minority groups, women with disabilities, rural women, older women, women in prostitution/sex work, LBTIQ+ women, migrant women and women in detention. We accompany them in their needs, maintaining a constant link so that they can come to us.
It is vital that women are editors, that we have content creators of all ages, as this ensures a broader view of the topics covered. We want to create a more inclusive and diverse community of editors, reducing the existing gender gap in the movement and improving articles with a gender perspective. We want to increase the number of female contributors in the region, both very young, middle-aged and even older, because we believe they all have something to contribute. For this we need to make them feel comfortable, accompanied, that their contributions are valuable and are recognized, that they are not erased. We want to increase the information on countries that are not represented. Increasing the participation of women in areas where wiki projects are not known and where we have already made contacts with interested women is what motivates us to do this work. That is why we encourage the creation of new communities, we are supporting the creation of a group in Panama and we plan to continue supporting the group in the Dominican Republic to get organized, as they have certain difficulties due to lack of knowledge and experience.
We have Mujeres latinoamericanas en Wikimedia/Mujeres latinoamericanas en Wikimedia/Calendario de actividades para Mujeres latinoamericanas en Wikimedia 2023 that we use as a schedule for our activities.
We have been able to form alliances with WINN (which is the first Ibero-American Network of Women Journalists), with CIPAF (Centro de Investigación para la Acción Femenina) in the DR, with the Museo de la Mujer in Argentina, with SENACYT in Panama to write biographies of relevant Panamanian women, with the manager of the Social Sciences and Theology libraries of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú to create articles on Peruvian women, and with CIEPS (Centro Internacional de Estudios Políticos y Sociales de Panamá) on a research project on pioneering women in science in Panama. Other activities include contributing to the categorization of project images in Wikimedia Commons, hopefully increasing the number of Latin American women's items in Wikidata in order to create lists and overcome the technical gap that leads to less representation of women in projects, creating and improving articles in Wikiquote and Wikipedia, and categorizing thousands of articles with female categories.
We did a training for Wikimedia Chile teaching them how to edit in Wikiquote and Wikidata.
We attended the XV Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean and also participated in the National Women's Meeting in San Luis, where we recruited new stakeholders and made alliances with new organizations to think about future activities. So far this strategy has worked well for us. We went to the III World Forum on Human Rights to be held in Argentina.
We participated in the #shesaid campaign 2022 and 2023. One of the main goals of this campagn is to increase the diversity of Wikipedia content by closing the gender gap. By creating and improving articles about women and their work, the initiative is working towards a more diverse representation of knowledge on Wikipedia. This aligns with the broader idea of diversity, which emphasizes the importance of including diverse perspectives, experiences, and identities in all aspects of society, including knowledge sharing.
Our group is part of the Iberocoop regional network. During Iberoconf 2023, we were part of the Coexistence Committee in charge of applying the Universal Code of Conduct. Our group adheres to the Universal Code of Conduct and Friendly Space Policies. We have been actively involved in the ratification of the revised Universal Code of Conduct (UCC) implementation guidelines. We are aware of its importance and try to promote understanding of the CUC and engage in proactive work to prevent violations. All our online and offline spaces are subject to the CUC. In fact, that's what our group is all about: creating pleasant and receptive environments for people approaching us for the first time. That's why we work one-on-one and in small groups, and that's why we work with women's groups, because women need safe spaces in which to consult other women.
We want to position and make visible our work and the impact we are achieving in the media and social networks. That is our biggest shortcoming. We are interested in making ourselves known in society, in order to reach more institutions to work with we need to make ourselves known much more.
On June 27, 2023 we did a training for the Wikimedia Colombia staff, teaching them how to edit in Wikiquote and Wikidata.
We also continue to work with WINN.
An article about our user group was published in a Swedish magazine. Wikipedia – där nio av tio skribenter är män. It had a significant impact and even led to podcasts being made about it.
We surveyed our members to find out their expectations. About 70% said they were interested in creating content in the projects, 40% said they were interested in copyright and releasing files with free licenses, and 30% were interested in learning how to organize wikievents. We then organized a program for 2024 taking these expectations into account. We spend a lot of time generating our projects, planning them, thinking about them and putting them in writing for asking a Rapid Fund: Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Programa didáctico diseñado para capacitar a editoras en la creación y mejora de contenidos (ID: 22215958). We created new social networks yo promote our course in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
We went to Wikimania, see here and Jaluj made a presentation about our group that you can see Wikimania 2023 Day 1 - Plenary video minute 4:56:00 in Youtube. We also had a meeting with the Iberocoop group in Singapur.
According with our dashboard, since we created the user gropup until September 2023 we reached to create 20.6K articles:
|Activities in dashboard||44|
|Number of editors||711|
|Number of participants||2356|
|Number of articles created||20.6K|
|Number of articles improved||90 K|
|Number of Wkimedia Commons uploaded||9.08 K|
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