I hope you are all doing well and keeping safe.
I am writing to inform you that the Wikimedia Community in Arusha is
planning to hold a series of Art and Feminism edit-a-thons and thus
applying for a rapid grant to support the events. Please see and endorse
the proposal here
This email is to request your participation in a survey to ascertain if we
should host an exclusively online WikiIndaba conference or a hybrid event.
As you may recall that the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) had to halt all
in-person events in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic>, this had an effect on
the planned 2020 WikiIndaba annual conference which too, had to be
postponed to take place in 2021, hoping that the situation would have
improved to allow an in-person event. However, the situation hasn’t changed
much and it's hard to predict what is going to happen in the near future.
In this regard, the Wikimedia Foundation’s COVID-19 Risk Assessment protocol
and assessment tool
have to be used for in-person events that are more than 10 people.
During the last year, Wikimedia movement organizers across the movement had
to adjust to different formats and ways of engaging with the community. For
this reason, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) in Uganda
together with the WikiIndaba Steering Committee (WISCom) have had
discussions about having a conference which will ensure everyone is able
to attend. Thus, we request your participation in this survey
<https://forms.gle/FJKZ1LmG67Z6iXfq5> to ascertain if we should host the
2021 WikiIndaba exclusively online or have a hybrid event. This has
implications on the type of grant funding we will be applying for as well
as reporting. However, to be more inclusive in our decision, we would like
you to take part in this survey.
We do believe there are benefits that come with organizing WikiIndaba this
year, it would allow more people from Africa and all over the world to
participate in WikiIndaba.
Please give us your feedback no later than 20th February by responding to
this survey *https://forms.gle/mrjpMk4vaLbpiKMt9
On behalf of the WikiIndaba Local Organizing Team and WikiIndaba Steering
*Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda*
*Goethe Zentrum Kampala Library *
*Plot 52 Bukoto Street, Kamwokya*
*P.O Box 11778, Kampala-Uganda*
Our current processes to select individual volunteer and affiliate seats
have some limitations. Direct elections tend to favor candidates from the
leading language communities, regardless of how relevant their skills and
experience might be in serving as a Board member, or contributing to the
ability of the Board to perform its specific responsibilities. It is also a
fact that the current processes have favored volunteers from North America
and Western Europe. Meanwhile, our movement has grown larger and more
complex, our technical and strategic needs have increased, and we have new
and more difficult policy challenges around the globe. As well, our
Movement Strategy recommendations urge us to increase our diversity and
promote perspectives from other regions and other social backgrounds.
The board and some community members have proposed various ideas to help
solve this problem here
the board needs your feedback on the proposed ideas, or you are welcome to
propose a new idea. You can leave your feedback on the talk pages of the
Also, this form
provides an option for people who may not wish to publish feedback publicly
Zita Ursula Zage
Facilitator, Board Governance
Wikimedia Foundation | https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Zuz_(WMF)