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:
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic where several in-person Wiki Loves
Africa events have been cancelled, Wiki Loves Africa is holding an online
event/webinar at 13:00 hours UTC on 28 March 2020.
This is an opportunity for the WLA community to meet online and also to get
more people involved in this year's contest which was extended to 15th
The online event will cover
- Why you should contribute your images to the Wiki Loves Africa
- How to contribute
- Copyright considerations
- What will happen to your photographs on Wikimedia projects
Please register and share this with your community as well as any
photographers or photographers networks or groups you know using the link
And feel free to enter your images <http://bit.ly/EnterWLA2020> at any time
before 15th April
The Wiki Loves Africa photographic contest is currently running, for the
6th year, under the theme "Africa on the Move"
It should be made clear that the goal of the contest is not limited to
collecting freely licenced images to illustrate wikipedia articles
(though of course, there is also that...). It is also the opportunity to
recruit and train new contributors. It is also the opportunity to
promote the wikimedia projects in countries where the awareness can
still benefit from improvements. It is also the opportunity for tiny new
groups to join the larger community and increase their knowledge of our
Naturally... this implies that a large part of the photo contest
operations usually take place in offline (face-to-face) events
(edit-a-thons, photo walks, upload sessions etc.). Which obviously is
currently a problem...
So... we have just announced some modifications to the contest rules and
This is due to the global health crisis with all Wikimedia related
events being cancelled.
And this is due to a context... with rather few cases in most African
countries, the population in Africa is currently not following the
recent recommandations to practice social distanciation or even to stay
First note that all offline activities are being cancelled as expected.
Second, winners ceremonies will be either cancelled (and gifts sent by
postal mail to winners) or will be delayed till... later (we recommand
to maintain the ceremonies and host them after the crisis is over)
The entry deadline for Wiki Loves Africa has been extended to *15th
APRIL 2020* to accomodate the following changes :
We suggest people to upload already existing, archived, images that are
sitting on their hard drives at home.
We will also be hosting some ONLINE events and activities to ensure that
participants and teams are all supported and can still enter. Bear with
us... this will be an experiment ;)
We also decided to urge people to stay at home using the hashtags
and #RestezChezVous and hope that this will help local teams further
spread this message locally for the sake of all.
We have created a bunch of visuals to improve communication in those
directions, which will be used in the next few days.
Happy Women's History Month!
We are happy to share with you activities that happened in February in our
newsletter <https://mailchi.mp/bc0a92c9c598/february-newsletter-1341347> and
some virtual activities to be held in this month.
Please subscribe to keep updated.
Cheers, stay safe and do enjoy!
Open Foundation West Africa
Good day all,
I think it's important to share this here too.
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From: Alex Wang <awang(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2020 at 21:40
Subject: [COVID-19] Wikimedia Foundation Grants for public events -
To: Alex Wang <awang(a)wikimedia.org>
Cc: Grants Administrator <grantsadmin(a)wikimedia.org>
A Message from Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia
- All offline (in-person) public events funded by Wikimedia Foundation
grants must be cancelled or postponed until further notice
- Cancellation fees, other penalties, and expenses already incurred can
be covered through grant funds
- Not complying with these instructions might affect future grant
- We will not be approving new grants for offline events happening
before September 15, 2020 until further notice
- Please contact your program officers for further guidance
Dear Wikimedia Foundation Grantees,
We are writing to provide guidance for grant-funded programs during the
COVID-19 pandemic. This situation is rapidly evolving, and we have made
some decisions that we would like to communicate to you.
We have reviewed the current global public health landscape and we ask all
grantees to postpone or cancel all public events and activities until the
World Health Organization declares the COVID-19 pandemic over.
We know this might be a difficult decision to make, and that this will mean
cancelling events of great importance to our community. We understand and
appreciate all the efforts you have put into preparing these events, from
requesting a grant to public outreach.
However, our first priority is the health and safety of you, your Wikimedia
community, and the general public health. Global public health guidance
indicates that the more quickly the world responds to a pandemic, the
better off the outcomes. In order to safeguard free knowledge, we must also
prioritize the well-being of the people who make it possible.
It’s important to keep our communities together and connected during this
time. We encourage you to consider if there are other ways you can
repurpose the grant funds toward other mission-aligned activities, such as
holding events or meetings online.
Your program officer is available if you want to discuss ideas for other
ways to use your grant funds, so please reach out to us if you would like
to talk. If you are unable or decide not to repurpose your event, you and
your program officer will work together to repurpose the funds to a later
grant or return the funds to the Wikimedia Foundation.
We are asking people to take this seriously. If we learn that you held an
event using Wikimedia Foundation funds after receiving this request to
cancel, we reserve the right to withhold funding for future grants.
We are here to support you and your communities through these challenging
circumstances. Stay safe!
P.S. If you have any questions about this notice or your grant, please
contact your program officer.
*Alexandra Wang* (she/her)
Senior Program Officer, Community Resources
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
I noticed a sudden expansion of arz.wikipedia (Egyptian Arabic dialect
version). Can one of our Arabic speakers help (it would save time for me
as my Arabic is bati' ktir -too slow)?
Arz.wiki used to hover under 20,000 articles for years, was at 24,000
until November 2019 and then started adding, reaching 158,107 today 5
March 2020 (adding 10,000 articles in the 5 days of March!). Looks like
some programme doing articles. I wonder: is there anything readable
coming out of it? Is it actually masri or do they just copy regular
existing material from ar.wikipedia? Appreciate our Arabic speakers'
wisdom! Cheers, Ingo - Kipala from sw.wiki
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