Grants:PEG/User:Samir I. Sharbaty/Egypt Wikimedians User Group/WikiWomen Prize/Report

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Project status

Did you comply with the requirements specified by WMF in the grant agreement?
Is your project completed?

Activities and lessons learned



  • User group volunteers, Wikipedia ambassadors, education program leaders worked on promoting the idea of the prize within the Wikipedia Community and in the Egyptian universities.
  • Organizing volunteers divided the roles between them as shown here on the contest page (In Arabic)
  • Participants enrolled in the competition and the organizers reviewed their eligibility for enrollment.
  • Participants worked on their goals between the competition start date and the deadline.
  • The jury reviewed their work and announced the winners.
  • The winners received their prizes in the celebration conference in Cairo.

Lessons learned

What worked well?
48% of bytes added by students during spring/summer 2014 was in September (during the contest)
A slide showing the concrete results of Egypt Education Program last term to help close the gender gap on Wikipedia
The contest really motivated the participants and raised the competition spirit between them. They have added much content than expected and were able to provide a high quality content. The first winner, for example, has developed four featured and good articles in one month which is normally not expected from a new user. Have a look at Ahmed Yousri's featured and good articles on the Arabic Wikipedia: Meg Whitman, Asmaa Mahfouz, Manal al-Sharif and Lotfia ElNadi. 48% of the content Egypt Education Program students added last term were in September, during the competition. This term lasted from March 1, to September 30, 2014. The competition helped the Education Program students in Egypt to achieve the highest contributions ever in the program history (i.e. 12.38 million bytes) added last term only. The contest also helped the start of new Education Program courses focusing on women-related content. As a result, 28% of the content added by the Egyptian students last term came from these courses.
What didn't work?
Nothing is perfect, but we can say that the results were very much better than expected. We had almost no serious issues during the organization of this project. We still have a problem of lack of active volunteers especially in our offline work. Also we need to be more organized and more prepared in our future events.
What would you do differently if you planned a similar project?
I think we can repeat the same experience with the same details. We just might need to spend more time planning and looking for more help from the Arabic Wikipedia Community and offline volunteers.

Learning patterns


Outcomes and impact



Provide the original project goal here.
  1. To help close the gender gap on Wikipedia and its sister projects.
  2. To encourage existing female users edit and attract new ones to join Wikipedia.
  3. To promote the quality and quantity of women-related content on the Arabic Wikimedia projects.
  4. To raise competition between new users and encourage them do their best and continue editing Wikipedia.
Did you achieve your project goal? How do you know your goal was achieved? Please answer in 1 - 2 short paragraphs.
Yes, the project helped us achieve much more than what we expected to consider it successful and helped achieve great results for the first time for the Wiki movement in Egypt, for the Education Program and for the Arabic Wikipedia community in general. The project, WikiWomen contest, helped encourage writing about women to help increase gender diversity on Wikipedia, helped the community recruit and encourage more female editors which guarantees more sustainability for the movement to narrow the gender gap and helped the Education Program recruit new volunteers to serve as Wikipedia ambassadors who will in turn invite their colleagues to edit Wikipedia.

Progress towards targets and goals


Project metrics

Project metrics Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
25 participants 30 participants Achieved with 20% increase over the expected.
+10 participants continue editing the next month after the end of the competition. 14 participants continued according to the contribution pages on Wikipedia. Achieved with 40% increase over the expected.
+2 new participants continue serving Wikimedia projects as volunteers. 4 participants are now serving as Wikipedia ambassadors. Achieved with 100% increase over the expected. The four Wikipedia ambassadors are: Abdelrahman elsakka, Esraa helmy, Hanan abdelrahman and Nada samir
+5 featured content about women. (i,e. featured or good articles, featured pictures, etc) 4 featured and good articles achieved until now and 1 featured photo. Achieved. (More articles are still nominated).
+50 new articles about women on the Arabic Wikipedia. 275 new articles were created by the participants. According to their summary pages. There might be more articles not reported in their summaries.

Global Metrics


We are trying to understand the overall outcomes of the work being funded across our grantees. In addition to the measures of success for your specific program (in above section), please use the table below to let us know how your project contributed to the Global Metrics. We know that not all projects will have results for each type of metric, so feel free to put "0" where necessary.

  1. Next to each required metric, list the actual outcome achieved through this project.
  2. Where necessary, explain the context behind your outcome. For example, if you were funded for an edit-a-thon which resulted in 0 new images, your explanation might be "This project focused solely on participation and articles written/improved, the goal was not to collect images."

For more information and a sample, see Global Metrics.

Metric Achieved outcome Explanation
1. # of active editors involved 0 This project was targeted to new users not experienced ones.
2. # of new editors 30 all the participants
3. # of individuals involved 34 30 new users and 4 organizers
4. # of new images/media added to Wikimedia articles/pages 64
5. # of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects 275 new articles, more improved with no available statistics.
6. Absolute value of bytes added to or deleted from Wikimedia projects N/A 12.38 million bytes added by Education Program student (including the contest participants but we don't have the exact number of bytes added by contest participants.
Learning question
Did your work increase the motivation of contributors, and how do you know?
48% of content added by the Education Program students in a seven-month term were in September, during the contest. See chart above.



What impact did this project have on WMF's mission and the strategic priorities?

Option A: How did you increase participation in one or more Wikimedia projects?

Simple prizes raised the competition spirit between the participants and attracted more participants to join. Guidance and training helped a lot too!

Option B: How did you improve quality on one or more Wikimedia projects?

Providing quality content was one of the measures of assessment the jury used. Participants were motivated to achieve featured and good articles to compete one another

Option C: How did you increase the reach (readership) of one or more Wikimedia projects?

Reporting and documentation of expenditures


This section describes the grant's use of funds


Did you send documentation of all expenses paid with grant funds to grants at wikimedia dot org, according to the guidelines here? Answer "Yes" or "No".
No receipts for the prizes. Winners confirmed the receipt of their prizes on their achievement summary pages here: first place winner, second place winner and third place winner.


Please list all project expenses in a table here, with descriptions and dates. Review the instructions here.
Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Actual cost per unit Actual total Budgeted total Currency Notes
1 Prizes First prize Prize 1 250 USD 250 USD 250 USD $ Winner confirmed his receipt of the prize on this page
2 Prizes Second Prize Prize 1 100 USD 100 USD 100 USD $ Winner confirmed his receipt of the prize on this page
3 Prizes Third Prize Prize 1 50 USD 50 USD 50 USD $ Winner confirmed her receipt of the prize on this page
Total project budget (from your approved grant submission)
450 USD
Total amount requested from WMF (from your approved grant submission, this total will be the same as the total project budget if PEG is your only funding source)
450 USD
Total amount spent on this project
400 USD
Total amount of Project and Event grant funds spent on this project
400 USD
Are there additional sources that funded any part of this project? List them here.

Remaining funds

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50 USD
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