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#WikiForHumanRights 2021: Right to a healthy environment
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Write about human rights, environmental health and diverse communities impacted by environmental issues around the world!

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Organize an event


We want to encourage editing across languages and contexts. To expand impact, organizers might consider:

  • Hosting a webinar
  • Hosting an Wikipedia editathon or editing workshop
  • Running a local wiki drive or contest
  • Recording expert feedback about a Wikipedia article
  • Try something else? add it to the list

Need ideas? Watch our office hour video. If you need help please reach out to Alex Stinson astinson@wikimedia.org and Michel Bakni M.mbakni-ctr@@wikimedia.org. Please remember to evaluate your context in light of local COVID-19 protocols for events, consider using the WMF Grants COVID risk assessment.


Webinar or digital event

Human rights topics are not always straight forward for a general audience of Wikipedians and activist audiences may need help seeing the connection between Wikipedia and Human Rights Communication. Consider running a webinar in conversation with an expert organization. Hosting a webinar includes: designating a topic, inviting guests, hosting the event, and sharing that on social media channels.

Let participants know about the event by reporting it: click here to add a row to event page with Visual Editor


To run an editathon, consider the following:

  • Identify if you want to run a human rights editathon as part of the campaign. If you are a Wikimedia organizer, make sure to discuss with your local partners and decide the venue and location.
    • If you don't have experience with editathon consider partnering with a local Wikimedia affiliate. If you need help please reach out to Alex Stinson astinson@wikimedia.org and Michel Bakni M.bakni-ctr@wikimedia.org.
  • If you have never run an editathon before, we recommend reviewing the the Programs and Events Dashboard training on editathons before developing the event.
  • Create a local wiki event page using the best practice for your wiki or community. Please use a tracking tool such as a Programs and Events Dashboard event as part of the Campaign. If you need help, see instructions below.
  • Let us know by reporting your event by adding a row to event page with Visual Editor
Other resources?

If you need help running an editathon, consider checking out:

On-Wiki Campaign, Contest or Content Drive

To run a local content drive:

  • Create a Homepage for the event on your Wiki (consider formatting it with your localized WAM template)
  • Create a page on your local wiki for letting people sign up and report their contributions. We recommend including:
    • A brief explanation for the campaign
    • A way for People to Sign Up
    • A place to report work that they did as part of the campaign
  • Consider using notices, contacting village pumps, social media, mailing lists and other tools that you usually use to invite people!
  • We invite you to think about ways of overlapping with other campaigns (e.g. Wiki Loves Earth), WikiProjects or programs (i.e. CEE Spring).
  • Let us know by reporting on the event list page with this link
If you need a rapid grant for prizes or swag, consider applying.

Expert interview

Human rights, climate topics and other environmental issues topics are sometimes hard to navigate for non-experts. Several communities have been experimenting with various methods of collecting feedback from expert communities. In light of COVID, we recommend that organizers try recording.

Examples of this kind of organizing include:

  • Wikimedia DC tried an Expert protocol to collect feedback as part of the National Academies of Science editathon in January 2020
  • Wikimedia Switzerland and Écrire pour les droits experimented with expert consultations on missing information in migrant rights pages
  • Wikimedistas de Uruguay recorded a critical reading workshop with activists and experts on missing information about underrepresented groups and the environment for the City of Montevideo page as part of an editathon.

Recording a critical reading can also help with creating expert videos describing why certain topics are important as part of Wikipedia articles (for example, see this #Wiki4Climate newsletter by Scann (en español).

If you record an expert, report it on the event table.

Other Resources

Here are some additional resources if you need help organizing. If you have questions, need advice or mentoring, or need support contact


Create a Programs and Events Dashboard event as part of the WikiForHumanRights Campaign. Make sure to pick an "Article Scoped Program".

Tracking "in scope" articles

To track contributions to the list of topics follow the following instructions:

  1. Go to the articles tab within the event you just created.
  2. Click on Add Petscan ID
  3. In another browser, Modify a Petscan Query:
    1. Go to Petscan ID 13015247
    2. In the Use Wiki section, pick your language Wikipedia in the last radio button and adding "enwiki" or similar.
    3. Click the "Do it!" button
    4. Copy the Petscan ID
  4. In the Programs and Events Dashboard, paste the PSID and click "Add this PSID"
  5. Add individuals who participate in your event to the campaign event, so we can track their participation and edits.


Do you need funding for your event? Rapid Grants are available, and will be prioritized for emerging communities. Please apply. Grants will be available during the entire window of March 1 - April 15 2021.

Working with Activists on Sensitive Topics

Human rights topics can be complicated to work on: they are both complex to write about and participants in events or activities may have strong emotional connections with the topics.

Wikimedia Argentina has been running events in several countries with activists working in Human Rights fields. They have developed a set of recommendations to keep in mind for your event:

English event kit for working with Human Rights activists.

Privacy and Safety

Working in Human Rights it's also important to pay attention to the safety of participants. Activist participants may be taking risks by being public. If you are concerned about safety at your event and want to learn more, we recommend taking this training and using the resources available on Commons.

If you have incident reported at your event, please share it with the Wikimedia Foundation's Support and Safety team: ca(_AT_)wikimedia.org.

Keep in mind the campaign schedule

Events of WikiForHumanRights 2021 Campaign [translate]
Language Event type Target Community Event Page Coordinator Date, time (w/ GMT)
and (optional) location
Tracking Page
(i.e. Dashboard)
en, fr, zh, ar, es, ru Webinar International, global Announcement on diff Astinson (WMF) (talk · contribs) April 15 2021, 3 pm GMT NO TRACKING
en, ar, fr Newcomer trainings International, Global Join us on April 16!

(fr) 14:30 GMT (zoom link)

(en) 15:00 GMT (zoom link)

(ar) 1900 GMT (zoom link)

MBakni (WMF), Astinson (WMF) (talk · contribs), NANöR (talk · contribs) April 16 Dashboard coming soon
all Writing challenge International WikiForHumanRights Challenge MBakni (WMF) April 15- May 15 Participants
ar, ary, shi, fr Editing contest Local Moroccan community WikiForHumanRights 2021 in Morocco Abdeaitali (talk · contribs),
Rachidourkia (talk · contribs)
March 18th, 2021 at 00.00 am (GMT+1) Participants
mk edit-a-thons, editing days, editing weekends Macedonian Wikipedia Wiki for Human Rights 2021 Kiril Simeonovski (talk · contribs) 4 February 2021
15 April – 15 May 2021
Wiki for Human Rights 2021
es Edit-a-thon, others TBD Spanish Wikipedia Editatón en línea por la semana de la Tierra Sophivorus (talk · contribs) Scann (talk · contribs) Cbrescia (talk · contribs) 19 - 25 April 2021 Semana de la Tierra Dashboard
Ar, Fr editing days WikiDZ Algeria (TBD) (TBD) 15 April 2021 to 15 May 2021 (TBD)
en Webinar, translatathon, Wiki festival Caribbean,Caribbean Diaspora, North America, international, global Wiki Caribbean Earthweek 2021 Shanluan (talk · contribs) April 17 - May 3 2021 Wiki_Caribbean Earthweek 2021
bcl, tl Edit-a-thon, Translate-a-thon, Lectures Central Bikol Wikipedia, Tagalog Wikipedia Wiki para sa Karapatan Pantawo Daramlagon (talk · contribs) Kunokuno (talk · contribs) 15 April to 15 May 2021 Wiki para sa Karapatan Pantawo
en Editathon, Editing Contest Local Uganda Community WikiForHumanRights 2021 in Uganda Sandra Aceng, Kateregga1 24 April to May 15 2021 WikiForHumanRights 2021 in Uganda
Ar, Fr, En Edit-a-thon Wikimedia Tunisia WikiForHumanRights 2021 in Tunisia (TBD) 15 April 2021 to 31 May 2021 (TBD)
Ha Workshop and Editing Contest Hausa Wikimedians User Group Hausa Wikipedia Contest for Human Right Campaign 2021 Abubakar A Gwanki (talk · contribs) 15 April 2021 to 15 May 2021 Dashboard
Ar Editing Contest Iraqi Wikimedians WikiForHumanRights 2021 in Iraq Ravan (talk · contribs) 15 April 2021 to 15 May 2021 (TBD)
Ar Editing Contest Wikimedians of the Levant Wikimedia Levant Contest/Right to a healthy environment ساندرا (talk · contribs) 20 April 2021 to 02 May 2021 Dashboard
en Editathon New England Wikimedians, and all interested in environmental health Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: BU Earth Day 2021 (TBD) 22 April 2021 BU Earth Day 2021
sv Editing days Swedish Wikipedia Wikipedia:WikiForHumanRights Ainali 15 April to 15 May 2021 (TBD)
it Edit-a-thon days & contest, webinar on Earth Day (April 22th), interview to experts on climate change Italian Wikipedia Progetto:WikiDonne/WikiForHumanRights 2021 Camelia.boban (talk · contribs) 15 April to 15 May 2021 WDG - WikiForHumanRights 2021
Ar Edit-a-thon Egypt Wikimedians & Arabic Wikipedian Editor Project. (TBD) Donia 23 April to 1 May 2021 Dashboard
en,tw,ha Editathon, Editing Contest
World Environment Day - (5 June)
English Wikipedia
Human rights activists in Ghana
Local groups
[1]Wiki Hour/WikiForHumanrights Edit-a-thon in Ghana Joy Agyepong (Advisor)
Stella Agbley (Lead Coordinator)
April 25 to 20 June 2021 Dashboard
sr Edit-a-thon Serbian Wikipedia Википедија:Уређивачки маратон о животној средини 2021 IvanaMadzarevic (TBD) (TBD)
el Editathon Greek Wikipedia WikiForHumanRights in Greece: focus on refugee camps Saintfevrier 15 April to 15 May 2021
Ha & Eng Editathon Wikipedia Nigeria WikiforHuman-right to live in Northern Nigeria Uncle Bash007 16 June to 30 June 2021
Ig Editathon Igbo Wikipedia WikiforHumanRights Tochiprecious 24 April to 15 May 2021 Dashboard
es Editathon Spanish Wikipedia Medioambiente: más allá de la naturaleza Cftoro (WMCL) (talk · contribs) 5 April to 2 May 2021 #DíaDeLaTierra
bn Workshop, Edit-a-thon Bengali Wikipedia উইকিপিডিয়া:মানবাধিকারের পক্ষে উইকি ANKAN (talk · contribs) 29 April (Workshop),
30 April–10 May (Edit-a-thon)
Fountain tool
en, ar Webinar
  • General audience
  • Wikimedia Sweden
  • Wikipedia Arabic
WikiForHumanRights 2021 - sustainable environment NANöR May 22, 2021

17:00 UTC

el Editathon
  • Greek Wikipedia
  • General audience
WikiForHumanRights/WikiLovesEarth - climate change Wikimedia Community User Group Greece 1 June to 30 June 2021

To add your item to the list add a row to this table with Visual Editor.