Hello all, and apologies for crossposting!
I hope you are doing well!
As you may have noticed when we announced the partnership in August :
the Wikimedia Foundation is working with the UN Human Rights to help expand
the availability of knowledge about human rights online.
As one of our first collaborations, we are going to be running a campaign
from November 15 - January 30 to add and improve knowledge about human
rights on Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects. The initial focus of the
campaign will be on improving articles about topics related to the UN
Declaration of Human Rights and youth standing up for human rights. More
information about the campaign is also available here:
We would like to invite you to get involved in the campaign in one of
Help us build the list!
We need your help identifying more topics related to youth involved in
human rights that don’t have articles on Wikipedia or could use further
improvement. We would like to represent many different languages and
geographies in the campaign. To propose topics for the list, see
Organize an online or offline event!
We need your help finding community leaders from throughout the Wikimedia
Host an online campaign on your language Wikipedia! To learn more about
hosting a local topical campaign see the kit here:
Hold an in person editathon with local human rights organizations or
partners! To learn more, check out the kit here:
Promote the campaign starting Dec. 10 for International Human Rights Day!
Help us amplify your efforts around the campaign and publicize it to wide
audiences. We’ll be sharing a communications toolkit (including graphics)
soon with suggestions on reaching out to folks about the campaign.
Reach out to local media and supporters: Journalists and the public
can help add momentum to the campaign through storytelling and spreading
Promote the campaign on social media: We’ll be using
#WikiForHumanRights to promote the campaign on social media, when we
increase the communication to the public on 10 December
If you want to help in other ways, let us know on the discuss space
or by emailing Alex Stinson <astinson(a)wikimedia.org and Luisina Ferrante <
If you are interested, let us know by indicating your interest to organize
in the Organize sections linked above!
Note: We are still updating the communications assets for the campaign! To
watch for those materials, add
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiForHumanRights/Share to your meta
If you have questions, we are going to be hosting an office hour next
or you can ask questions on the discuss space #human-rights tag
Looking forward to your engagement with the campaign!
Alex Stinson, Wikimedia Foundation
Luisina Ferrante, Wikimedia Argentina
Senior Program Strategist
Learn more about how the communities behind Wikipedia, Wikidata and other
Wikimedia projects partner with cultural heritage organizations:
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate and a wonderful New year as we clock
this year to an end.
Please find here a link to our newsletter for November
<https://mailchi.mp/75bf2c909870/november-2019-newsletter> which highlights
current happenings from our community and upcoming activities to
Don't forget to subscribe to keep updated!
Have a great day!
On Behalf of Open Foundation West Africa
I hope you are doing well.
On behalf of the organizing team, I am very glad to announce that applications are now open for scholarships to attend the first Queering Wikipedia Conference co-organized by Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group, Wikimedia Austria and Wikimedia Foundation, that will take place from the 21st to the 24th of May 2020 in Linz, Austria.
Not only that, the call for proposals is also open now for people interested in giving lectures, trainings or anyother kind of activity related to the topic of gender diversity.
We highly encourage applications from african countries as one of the main goals of this conference is to develop local communities of Queer/allies editors in the places where so far, not enough work has been conducted.
Please note that the deadline is the 18th of January for scholarships and the 15th of February for proposals.
For security reasons, only the members of the scholarships team and Wikimedia Austria's staff will have access to the data provided via the application for scholarships, and no third party will.
Another very important detail is that the team is offering assistance in filling any of the forms for those who do not master english enough. For that, you can reach out to me via this adress or with queering(a)gmail.com. Also we are trying to provide translation for presentations during the conference, so also presentations in different languages are also very welcomed.
Link for scholarships application: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Queering_Wikipedia/Scholarships
Link for proposals application: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Queering_Wikipedia/Call_for_proposals
For more information or clarification, you can reach out to me on meta, here, or via queering(a)gmail.com
Hope to see as much as possible of you next year in Linz.
Happy new year in advance.
I hope you are doing well and enjoying the few days left in 2019.
I am glad to share with you some good news to end this year with. Applications are now open here for scholarships to participate in the 3rd edition of Write for the Rights editathon, and the second one in Tunis, from the 19th to the 22nd of March 2020.
Write for the Rights is a 3 days editathon during which wikimedians gather to enrich content related to human rights on the different Wikimedia projects, and participate in local events related to the theme of human rights happening simultaneously.
This year, and like last year, participants will get the opportunity to participate in the different activities of the Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival, visit some local institutions working on Human rights, and meet with some local activists to know more about their work.
This year's editathon main theme will be "The history of Feminism and Queer communities in African and Arab countries", with a focus on the local non-binary systems of these countries.
For more information about last year's editions where we focused on "Sexual education and queer activism in Africa and Arab countries" in Tunis and "Queer communities and right to migration" in Marseille, you can check the meta page here.
If you have any question or remark, you can reach out to me directly on meta, here or throught kawayashu(a)gmail.com.
Looking forward to seeing as much as possible of you next march :D
For all groups interested in joining Wiki Loves Africa this year
1. A telegram channel has been created : join here :
2. To indicate your interest in participating : add your country and
contact name there :
3. Funding. For those of you who needs funding, it is possible to ask
funds to Wikimedia Foundation in asking for a rapid grant.
Warning though: this will only be possible for a request done between
1st of December till 15th of December.
So, this is quite urgent :)
To make a grant request :
To inspire yourself from last years applications from other countries :
If you are new to this, feel free to contact me and ask questions
(better use fdevouard/(a)/anthere.org or Telegram), but please start a
draft before hand. That's easier to discuss on and review.
4. There are many many many other questions. Such as :
* Should I create my own landing page where participants will upload
their pictures : the answer is no, please do not.
* Other places I need to connect myself to understand what is going on :
Right now... only here and Telegram channel. More info coming soon.
* Can I create my own team page for WLA. Yes you can but please wait a
bit for more info coming on the matter