Training workshop on the Wikidata project organized by the wikimousso cluster on Saturday March 16, 2019
Name: Yao Eliane Dominique
Location: Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire
Wikimedian since: 2013
Active wikis: Wikipedia
statement (Not more than 450 words)
I have been a member of the Wikimedia movement since 2013. I am involved in the user group of Côte d'Ivoire to fight against the gender content gap in my country. In 2016, I was selected by the executive board to lead the team working on the Wiki Loves Women project. After the success of this project that gave important results Côte d'Ivoire results between 2016 and 2017, I initiated a project called Wikimousso (Wiki woman) whose objective is to produce quality content on notable women in my country to reduce the content gap. This project allows us today to give visibility to women whose actions have a considerable positive impact on the population of our country on Wiki projects such as Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikicommons and Wikiquote. Since 2017, I have been actively leading the team of this project that we have presented at several international meetings such as Wikiindaba, French-speaking Wikiconvention, Wikimania.
As vice president and executive board member between 2018 and 2021, I represented my user group at several important community meetings, such as the Wikimedia Summit. As a regional ambassador for Art+feminism in French-speaking Africa for three years now, I also contribute to the capacity building of French-speaking Wikipedians in other countries in my region. This set of experiences allows me to have a general vision of the movement and to understand the importance and urgency for the Board of Trustees to operate on the basis of precise priorities oriented towards short and long term results. I would like to be part of the Board of Trustees to help the team to strengthen the achievements and actions already well done, to contribute to the diversification of decisions taking into account the interest of the whole community. Being also a communication professional, one of my objectives is also to help the movement to improve its communication policy and to adapt a strategy to the different member communities
Top 3 Board priorities
Re-establishment of the governing bodies: It is important for the Movement to re-establish its governing bodies as soon as possible in order to evolve the actions and continue the development of our community.
Improve the communication of the Foundation: Improve the communication system of the movement to decentralize information.
Strengthen the system of good governance of the movement by diversifying the skills and expertise within the Board of Directors for an even more inclusive movement.
Top 3 Movement Strategy priorities
Capacity building: It is advisable to help build the capacities of the communities according to their strengths and weaknesses in the movement.
Decentralization: It is necessary to bring the foundation closer to the communities in order to facilitate certain administrative procedures.
Equity in decision making: For me, all major decisions related to the life of the movement must take into account the opinion of all communities and affiliates who are great forces of proposals.
The candidate is a dedicated contributor to the Wikimedia movement. Eligible contributions include: contributions to the Wikimedia projects, membership in a Wikimedia organization or affiliate, activities as a Wikimedia movement organizer, or participation with a Wikimedia movement ally organization.
2013 - 2017 Auditor of my User Group
2018 - 2021 Vice President of the User Group of Côte d'Ivoire
Since 2017 Wiki project manager
2018 - 2021 Regional ambassador Of Art+Feminism for french africa
The candidate has served on the board of trustees/directors or other similar governing body of a nationally- or globally-focused organization (non-profit, for-profit, or governmental).
I was a member of the User Group executive board for 4 years,I worked for the Government of my country in the Ministry of Communication and Media as Deputy Director of Communication and I currently work for an American international NGO.
The candidate has worked at an executive level for an organization, department, or project of comparable (or greater) size, complexity, and scope to the Wikimedia Foundation.
I have held positions of responsibility in the field of communication and public relations for more than 8 years and I belong to the decision-making committee of my current company where I am responsible for regional communication for 8 countries
Subject matter expertise.
The candidate has worked or significantly volunteered in an area relevant to the work of the Foundation and the Board. Such areas will be determined on an annual basis and may include areas such as Global movement building and community organization, enterprise-level platform technology and/or product development, public policy and the law, knowledge sector (e.g., academia/GLAM/education), human rights and social justice, open Internet/free and open source software, organizational strategy and management, finance and financial oversight, non-profit fundraising, human resources, board governance.
I have never been on the board of directors before, nor have I held a position at the foundation, but I have good experience in decision making and teamwork having worked and served on several association executive boards.
The candidate belongs or belonged to a group that has faced historical discrimination and underrepresentation in structures of power (related to, for example, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+ identity, social class, economic status, or caste).
I have never been stigmatized in a direct way but I belong to an ethnic community that tends to make judgments about people who seem to be different either financially or according to their position in society
The candidate would contribute to the overall geographic diversity of the Board of Trustees, based on the geographic regions where they have lived.
I was born and I live in Ivory Coast and I know perfectly the culture of this country. Having lived or traveled in European countries, I have a general and intercultural knowledge of some countries.
The candidate is a native speaker of a language other than English.
My native language is French and I also have an intermediate level in English
Diversity: Political system experience
The candidate has substantial experience living in and/or working to share knowledge in a non-democratic, state-censoring, or repressive context.
Côte d'Ivoire has not yet reached the point of full inclusion in terms of diversity and freedom of life choices. The Ivorian system would have difficulty for example to allow us to organize an LGBT event in an official way.