I look forward to the success of Wiki Loves Africa, this year. The rejection of Wiki Loves
Women is truly disappointing :(.
From: African-Wikimedians <african-wikimedians-bounces(a)lists.wikimedia.org> on
behalf of Florence Devouard <anthere(a)anthere.org>
Sent: 23 May 2017 13:45:41
To: Mailing list for African Wikimedians
Subject: [African Wikimedians] Wiki Loves Africa 2016 and beyond : your input needed
We would like to invite all WLAf 2016 team leaders to answer our Team Survey.
This year, we decided to put it directly on meta (you will not get a google form).
LINK : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Africa_2016/Team_survey
Please provide a feedback at the very earliest convenience (strong emphasis on
FOR ALL Africa community members
Please directly head to the last question 3 below our team survey. The Theme for WLAf
Context: the committee approving the Projects Grant Requests is meeting this week-end to
make final decisions. You should know that Wiki Loves Africa project is not yet approved
for funding (crossing fingers) and that our proposition for Wiki Loves Women funding has
been rejected. The committee did not consider it a worth-supporting project.
Disappointing. But fine.
Accordingly, we are boldly suggesting a theme that could be somehow tweaked in such a
manner that we could also address gender gap issues through Wiki Loves Africa this year.
Our suggestion is to push for year 2017 the theme : PEOPLE AT WORK.
More context may be found here in a few pages, which I recommand you to have a look:
* A really cool tool made by Envel after a conference I gave about Africa and women, based
on my suspicion that we mostly had biographies about porn and sport women (lol) :
* Explanation about the tool :
* And category tree ... :
Of course, if that theme, PEOPLE AT WORK, is chosen, we would not limit ourselves for
women. Men at work, women at work, transgendered at work, children at work (unfortunately)
etc. would be welcome.
What do you think ? Everyone feedback is welcome. This includes people who did not
participate to WLAf previous years. And this can include AfroCROWD of course ;)
If there is enough support, there will not be a "call for themes and votes" this
year as we did last year. If we have a good enough support, we will add the theme in the
WLAf grant request asap.
Florence and Isla