Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wiki Takes Curious Steps (ID: 22026084)

Wiki Takes Curious Steps
proposed start date2023-01-31
proposed end date2023-09-07
grant start date2023-01-31T00:00:00Z
grant end date2023-07-14T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)858.99 EUR
budget (USD)905 USD
amount recommended (USD)905
grant typeIndividual
funding regionCEECA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Egezort
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details edit

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.


Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

user:Gufo46 user:Merrycrisis user:Useruzrian



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Grant Proposal edit

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

Wiki Takes Curious Steps

Q. Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries? (optional)


Q2. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

R. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has.

1. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important.

Mainstream narratives of history and art are very male-centered. Efforts to bring women and other gender minorities into the picture have had varying levels of success. These efforts sometimes indirectly improve Wikipedia by spreading awareness, however that effect is not always direct enough to create the motivation to encourage activists to contribute to Wikipedia.

The "Curious Steps" Project has brought to light the contributions of many artist women as well as the political and social reasons for their dismissal in mainstream historiography. This change, I assume, has contributed to the richness and diversity of Wikipedia. My assumption is due to my observation that most, but not all, of the women mentioned in the project have their Turkish Wikipedia pages, albeit small ones for some. This project aims to contribute to both the missing and existing pages.

This project is aimed at connecting the efforts in academia and on the ground to the efforts on Wikipedia. It aims both to include more gender-aware approaches in the Wikipedia community, and to help people in gender-related activism and academia to understand the societal impacts of Wikipedia and how they can be a part of that effort.

2. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.

One strategy is to redesign an already existing project to include Wikipedia as well. Having seen how successful information sharing and awareness raising has been in the Curious Steps walks, our goal is to do it in an environment in which that will be turned into Wikipedia content. Another strategy is to focus on the societal aspects of the erasure of the artist women in question. This will help the output of this project transcend a mere biography creation edit-a-thon into an output that includes the political nature of sexism in historiography. It will also help create the awareness of how gender discrimination works in the form of erasure and hopefully motivate them to realise it when they're contributing to Wikipedia. Another approach is to combine physical activity with encyclopedic work. This is a main idea behind most wikiwalk events and I've seen the success of that outlook. Another approach is to use all forms of information in order to contribute to Wikipedia. This idea is supported by my observation of how Photography related Wikipedia activities have been both a motivator to the participants and how much these photos increase the visual attractiveness of a Wikipedia page (which I thought was lacking in most pages that we will be working on).

3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

The project will have 3 main events.

The first one is going to be an online meeting (Probably Zoom) in which the project will be explained to the participants. This activity will include a slideshow by Wikipedia volunteers about Wikipedia and the Women in Red projects, and a slideshow about SuGender and their activities. It will continue with online icebreaker activities so that the walk later isn't the first time people see each other, and therefore increase communication. There will also be strategizing about how to make the most of our walk and what kind of contributions Turkish Wikipedia needs the most. There will be sharing of resources that the Curious Steps project currently has.

The second event is the Curious Steps walk itself. The walk will be conducted in the same way it always is, (A Turkish language example can be seen here: except possible contributions to Wikipedia will be occasionally discussed by the participants. This will include notetaking, photography in necessary situations etc. The walk will take place between 10:00-13:00 (10 AM to 1 PM)

After the second event, there will be a two hour lunch break. This will hopefully facilitate communication between participants.

The third event will be held in a building owned by Sabancı University that's close to the area we will have walked. My current plan is to make it between 15:00-20:00 (3 PM - 8 PM) with frequent breaks. There will be discussions about the walk, brainstorming about what could be added to Wikipedia and checking what's missing and what's already there. There will be tutorials on how Wikipedia accounts are created, how contributions are made, how "being bold" is possible etc. After that, there will be a coordinated edit-a-thon, with the help of sources provided by Curious Steps. In the end of the project, there will be a reflection session in which participants will talk about their experiences within the project.

4. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign or event? If so, please select the relevant campaign below. If so, please select all the relevant campaigns from the list below. If "other", please state which.

Not applicable

5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Yes. We are going to be a crew of 4 people. User:Useruzrian and user:Gufo46 are going to be paid for the logo and poster designs that they do. Other than that, we're all volunteers.

user:Egezort - Project Leader

I will be leading the project, communicating with SuGender, doing research and analytics on the relevant Wikipedia pages, arranging and deciding on the dates that the online meeting and the walk will be taking place etc.

user:Gufo46 - Manager

Gufo46 has been advising me on what to do and most of my actions are decided on after extensive discussions with them. They will continue to play this vital role, as well as communicating with local businesses about our expenses, such as lunch. They will be helping me shape this project.

user:Merrycrisis - Facilitator

Merrycrisis is going to be helping with planning, mails, and communication. Merrycrisis has represented Gufo46 and myself in some Wikipedia meetings in the past and has helped in our efforts at improving Wikipedia at our university, and therefore has our trust in being a valuable part of our project.

user:Useruzrian - Art Designer

Useruzrian is going to be our main Art Designer and help us create logos, posters etc. If possible, they are going to also participate in our walk but it's not for certain yet. They have experience in art design and they have designed some of our logos for some of our events at university.

6. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified CONTENT knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Content Gender gap, Sexual Orientation, Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

6.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

In Curious Steps, artist women from varying backgrounds are discussed. This nature of the project helps us reach the diverse cultural background of Turkey, which is included in the project in the form of Kurdish, Greek, Armenian artists and discussions relating to the discrimination they have faced due to their ethnic backgrounds, as well as discussions about the discrimination they have faced based on gender and sexual orientation. Their stories relating to these will also be added.

7. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or THEMATIC focus. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work and explain the rationale for identifying these themes.


8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation

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?

Our target participants are, the Curious Steps crew, Wikipedia volunteers, and university students. We will be addressing Cins Kulüp in Sabancı University, which is our University's Gender and LGBTI Club, and finding participants from there. This will help us reach people from marginalised gender identities and sexual orientations.

10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?

Curious Steps is a project run by SuGender (Sabancı University's Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence). This means that people who are experienced in creating safe, supportive, equitable environments will be present. In the case of discriminatory behavior from the participants, our crew will take the necessary steps with the help and cooperation of the Wikipedia volunteers and Curious Steps participants. Participation forms will also be prepared through a diversity conscious approach.

11. Please tell us about how you have let your Wikimedia communities know about the planned activities and this proposal. Use this space to describe the processes you carried out to make the community more involved in planning this proposal. Please link the on-wiki community discussion(s) around the proposals.

I have mentioned in our WikiTuesday meeting that I was planning a Curious Steps walk that would include Wikipedia volunteers from Turkey. I am planning to post this application on our Telegram chat once it's completed.

12. Are you aware of other Rapid Fund proposals in your local group, community, or region that are being submitted and that align with your proposed project?


If yes:

12.1 Did you explore the possibility of doing a joint proposal with other leaders in your group?
12.2 How will this joint proposal allow you to have better results?
13. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedia partners to implement this proposal? Required.


13.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

SuGender (Sabancı University's Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence) will be running the first part of the physical event by leading the walk around Beyoğlu. They will be providing the Zoom account for the online meeting that we will have beforehand. They will help facilitate our communication with Sabancı University so that we can make use of the campus building in Karaköy for the second part of our physical event. Since SuGender has had previous contact with active Wikipedia contributors, this won't be our first collaboration. They are also aware of the societal impacts of Wikipedia and are interested in the struggle to make Wikipedia more gender-aware and more equal. They are also keen on reaching young students and spreading gender awareness in the campus, which the Curious Steps project has been very successful at.

14. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of THREE options that most apply.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Identify Topics for Impact

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation edit

15. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

Datawise: I want to learn if introduction to Wikipedia through these types of projects leads to many active accounts. I want to learn if the discussions started in our project will extend to the Wikipedia community organically. I want to see if people outside of our project will also be inspired by our contributions.

Personally: I want to learn how to connect different organisations working on similar goals. I want to learn how to improvise when things don't go as planned. I want to learn how to make sure that steps taken in one area can be translated into other areas.

16. Based on these learning questions, what is the information or data you need to collect to answer these questions? Please register this information (as metric description) in the following spaces provided.
Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
Existing Pages This is the number of how many of the artist women in our walk have a page about them 13
Featured articles about these artists I want to get the pages of at least 3 of the artist women in the project into a featured article status. 3
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants New Participants (People from SuGender and from Cins Kulüp): 25 people

The Wikipedia Community: 10 people

Number of editors Newly Registered Users: 15

Returning Editors: 15

Number of organizers The 4 people crew that is running this project

1 person from SuGender to cooperate with us in organising this project 1 person from the Wikipedia community to help me introduce Wikipedia to everyone 1 person from Cins Kulüp, so that students from our university can also enroll in the project.

Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Around 13 will be about the artist women in question.

2 or more pages about the broader ideas discussed ("Sexism in historiography" for example)

Wikimedia Commons Photos taken on the way will be added on Wikimedia Commons 20
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

18. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support.

I think that I will be able to do it manually because the quantity of our proposed changes is not too high. I am open to hearing about tools that could be of help.

Financial Proposal edit

19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.

858.99 EUR

19.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

905 USD

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