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Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees/Call for feedback: Community Board seats/Reports/2021-02-17 Meeting with Les Sans Pages community

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  • Mahuton - Facilitation for French language Facilitator
  • Bachounda - Facilitation support for French language and MENA region (notetaker)
  • Quim - Facilitator Team manager
  • Florence
  • Nattes
  • Antoine
  • Anne Jea
  • Mermoose

Ideas discussed


Quotas, Vetting of candidates, Call for types of skills and experience



A participant in the conversation is not in favor of regional quota arguing that it may generate some exclusion. The same participant is in favor of a gender-based quota. The participant suggested a quota for “Non white” people. Another participant suggested having a minimum of 2 seats for women among the 6 seats. A participant suggested having some quota based on the linguistic community to which the candidate belongs too.

Vetting of candidates


A participant said that the most important criteria to be taken into account is the candidate's skills. She suggested that former board members should be evaluated first on their work as trustee. A participant said that language should not be a criteria: it should not be requested of candidates to understand a specific language.

Call for types of skills and experience


3 out of the 5 participants are in favor of the idea of creating an Advisory committee composed of experts to advise the board. This idea had been suggested during a meeting with the North Africa Community.

New idea


A participant said that there should be a way to have more candidates from minority groups and to give them all the necessary support(Budget, Mentor, Translation, etc..). The idea had been supported by all the participants. A participant suggested a headhunting or nomination system could be a good idea to have more candidates.

About french translation writing


Participants said that it is important to make sure the french version of the Call for Feedbacks and reports respect the inclusive written: that the writing incorporates both men and women gender.