Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Gender equality in Benin (ID: 22492544)

Gender equality in Benin
proposed start date2024-04-01
proposed end date2024-05-10
budget (local currency)2358500 XOF
budget (USD)3864.06 USD
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionunknown region
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Aimeabibis
organization (if applicable)• Wikimedia Bénin

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Applicant Details edit

Main Wikimedia username. (required)



Wikimedia Bénin

If you are a group or organization leader, board member, president, executive director, or staff member at any Wikimedia group, affiliate, or Wikimedia Foundation, you are required to self-identify and present all roles. (required)

I'm a group leader of a Wikimedia User Group (submitted to the Affiliation Committee).

Describe all relevant roles with the name of the group or organization and description of the role. (required)

Member of Wikimediens du Bénin User group (Board member)Treasurer volunteer for the association "les sans pagEs," but I live in Benin.

Main Proposal edit

1. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.

Gender equality in Benin

2. and 3. Proposed start and end dates for the proposal.

2024-04-01 - 2024-05-10

4. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)


5. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign, project, or event? If so, please select the relevant project or campaign. (required)

Organizer Lab

6. What is the change you are trying to bring? What are the main challenges or problems you are trying to solve? Describe this change or challenges, as well as main approaches to achieve it. (required)

After various less fruitful searches in terms of available sources on gender and the role of women in society appears at the top of the list of impact topics. Indeed, the documents to which we had access, particularly the one on gender, present the situation of women and their involvement in several sectors of activity. The most surprising thing about these sources is that, despite efforts to establish diagnoses based on comparisons with figures from previous decades, the gap between men and women persists and seems to be struggling to close. Also, the lack of content on women in Wiki projects and the lack of committed women in our community are motivating us to organize this project. We believe that connecting this to global campaigns such as Art+Feminism will also increase visibility and learn from other Wikimedian communities.

In order to bridge the gender gap, we plan to organize the Art+Feminism campaign in our community. This campaign aims to recruit new female contributors, enhance existing articles, and create new ones related to women. We intend to provide training to students and members of organizations working to bridge the gender gap.

7. What are the planned activities? (required) Please provide a list of main activities. You can also add a link to the public page for your project where details about your project can be found. Alternatively, you can upload a timeline document. When the activities include partnerships, include details about your partners and planned partnerships.

Partnerships : We will start by launching a registration form to recruit students and members of organizations working to reduce gender disparities, including Women in tech, Envol, and Blolab.

Recruit and engage new contributors : We will recruit at least twenty new users to create articles and train them in the basics of Wikipedia until they can contribute qualitatively. Additionally, we will enhance the skills of five former contributors from the community. We will launch and share by social media, blog post, and email to CSO a Google form that participants can fill Welcoming Environment: We will create a welcoming and inclusive environment for new contributors. Because, it is very important to have positive first experiences that are crucial for retention by encouraging experienced editors to greet and assist newcomers, helping them feel valued.

Content driven : Creating articles from scratch is a laborious process, and writing a well-written article based on the list we've generated could take us longer than expected. However, some of the articles on the topics covered already exist in German, English and other languages. Using the content translation tool, as long as we remain faithful to the context of the article, would enable us to translate articles into French and local languages such as Fon and Ewe. Thus, the project will attract new users while supporting existing community members.

Recognition and Appreciation : a prize will be awarded to the top three contributors at the end of the campaign to encourage them. Recognize and appreciate the contributions of new editors, whether through thank-you messages, badges, or other forms of acknowledgment. Showcase their work in community newsletters or on relevant noticeboards.

Retention and follow-up of new : Creating efficient feedback systems, promoting community involvement, and ensuring transparent communication channels are essential in keeping new members informed and connected. Consistent follow-up surveys and ongoing assessment help in adjusting and improving retention strategies based on feedback and changing community dynamics. Developing local communities and facilitating face-to-face networking also enriches the overall experience for new participants, encouraging long-term engagement in Wikimedia projects.

8. Describe your team. Please provide their roles, Wikimedia Usernames and other details. (required) Include more details of the team, including their roles, usernames, Wikimedia group, and whether they are salaried, volunteers, consultants/contractors, etc. Team members involved in the grant application need to be aware of their involvement in the project.

User: Aimeabibis: Project Lead User: Saliousoft : Digital Support User: Jadidine : (Volunteer Assistant) : She has been contributing for 2 years and is a member of Women in Tech. She will provide her support voluntarily in this project. User: Adoscam : Volunteer Assistant

9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities? (required)

Creation of an application form and promotion within our target community. Selection of participants with the help of one or two members of the user group. We will create a working list, which will serve as a reference for participants to ensure that their contributions help bridge the gender gap. Training: Train new participants during the first two workshops on how the movement works and how to contribute to the various Wikimedia projects. Edit-a-thons: Organize an editathon aimed at writing, editing and translating articles. Then plan another session to upload images to wikicommons and create Wikidata elements. The last workshop will be used to recap events and award prizes to the best contributors. We'll continue to interact with them by involving them in other community activities.

10. Does your project involve work with children or youth? (required)


10.1. Please provide a link to your Youth Safety Policy. (required) If the proposal indicates direct contact with children or youth, you are required to outline compliance with international and local laws for working with children and youth, and provide a youth safety policy aligned with these laws. Read more here.


11. How did you discuss the idea of your project with your community members and/or any relevant groups? Please describe steps taken and provide links to any on-wiki community discussion(s) about the proposal. (required) You need to inform the community and/or group, discuss the project with them, and involve them in planning this proposal. You also need to align the activities with other projects happening in the planned area of implementation to ensure collaboration within the community.

We will keep group members informed through the mailing list of Beninese groups and associations. We will also share this information with their friends and through the media. Links to our social media and the user group's discussion page are accessible on [1].

12. Does your proposal aim to work to bridge any of the content knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Content Gender gap

13. Does your proposal include any of these areas or thematic focus? Select one option that most applies to your work. (required)


14. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)


15. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select one that most applies. (required)

Identify Topics for Impact

Learning and metrics edit

17. What do you hope to learn from your work in this project or proposal? (required)

What major impact has participation in this project had on our community? Does the content translation tool help you create articles more quickly, and how would you rate its accuracy? How can we recruit, maintain and involve more women in the Wikimedia movement? How do we produce content to address the various gender gaps challenges we face? What motivates editors to continue to edit after activities?

18. What are your Wikimedia project targets in numbers (metrics)? (required)
Number of participants, editors, and organizers
Other Metrics Target Optional description
Number of participants 20 New participant: 15

Returning participant: 5

Number of editors 15
Number of organizers 3
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 50
Wikimedia Commons 50
Wikidata 30
Wikimedia Incubator
Translatewiki 10
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.


19. Do you have any other project targets in numbers (metrics)? (optional)


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
20. What tools would you use to measure each metrics? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support. (required)

Financial proposal edit

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)

22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

2358500 XOF

22.2. Convert the amount requested into USD using the Oanda converter. This is done only to help you assess the USD equivalent of the requested amount. Your request should be between 500 - 5,000 USD.

3864.06 USD

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