I hope you are well and getting ready for a new year.
I'm reaching out to you because the Swedish Embassies around the world would like to host Wikipedia edit-a-thons for international Women's day 8 March 2018. This as part of the #WikiGap initiative from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (read more below).
Do you know if there is interest from WMRU or volunteer groups in Moscow to join WikiGap and partner with the Swedish embassy? I'm trying to identify a contact person in Moscow so that the planning can continue locally with the Embassy.
WikiGap 8 March 2018
Sweden has a feminist foreign policy (http://www.government.se/government-policy/feminist-foreign-policy/
) and as part of this, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is planning to organise several Wikipedia edit-a-thons during 8 March 2018 around the world in partnership between Swedish embassies and local Wikimedia affiliates and volunteers. The government has developed a tool kit for how embassies should organise Wikipedia edit-a-thons, and they are committed to surfacing the achievements of women in the world’s largest encyclopedia, in partnership with Wikimedia affiliates and other local organisations.Pilot of edit-a-thons at Swedish embassies
The initiative started in March 2017 with a sister edit-a-thon in four languages between the Swedish embassy in New Delhi and Stockholm https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India-Sweden_edit-a-thon
. The Swedish embassies in Pretoria and Washington DC have since then also successfully hosted Wikipedia edit-a-thons with Wikimedia chapters. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs now wishes to increase outreach and the number of partnering Wikimedia affiliates for 2018.How you can join
The campaign in March 2018 will take the name #WikiGap and invites broad and diverse participation, and allows for local adaptations to the theme. There will also be a main event in Sweden with participation from the Swedish minister for foreign affairs Margot Wallström, organised by the Ministry and Wikimedia Sverige.
During December 2017, Wikimedia Sverige is reaching out to affiliates who would like to partner with the Swedish embassy in their country and join WikiGap.