During the midst of the pandemia, we focused on making outreach online within the Wikimedia community mostly to have the participation in the project grow. The effort on the online meetings have been a supportive activity especially for people suffering from isolation in the midst of the confinements.
A new GLAM project in collaboration with the Gender studies department of the University of Geneva has been launched, aiming at introducing teaching contribution to gender studies related aspects in French. 20 students contributed, the project was extended to a 4-year program financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation. This recognition of our work in academic surroundings is very important for us and it helps to shape a good image of the Wikipedia ecosystem.
Growing the project page online has been an objective to have focus brought on wikipedians who work in the shadow and remain invisible, compared to people who meet in events and beneficiate from the most media coverage. There is a gap to be filled there, bridging between IRL events and online contributing (the latter producing most of the content available in the end to read).
We also focused on "' readership" by trying to promote content via social medias, with new initiatives on Instagram. The idea was that while the Twitter account is posting newly published articles, the Instagram account would focus on previously published quality articles on the birthday dates of remarkable womynx. It has been a success, bringing high engagement, along with the "sans image" campaign .
Work on the charter has been made, we are the only nonprofessional UG with its own designed code of conduct and charter for facilitators and trainers or LSP referents. The next step will be to see if it is compliant with the UCoc, and to design a " consequence ladder" and people responsible for applying it, as this has not been done yet. This work was done because the setting of the wikimedia movement is sometimes prone to facilitating competition among emerging groups tackling similar issues. We believe that promoting sorority, transparency and accountability, as well rewarding and remuneration process for people who organize, train, and facilitate are necessary steps to promote a more friendly and inclusive environment. We should share with our friends, acknowledge other people's work, and also accept every contribution whether it is consequent or not. Work needs to be done on meritocracy and governance, engaging womynx and minorities who already find it difficult to contribute to the management of a UG or associated association is a challenge.
Work on promoting a more friendɭy atmosphere is continuing, we are exploring what other FLOSS communities do, the challenge of open wikis where everybody can edit putting the stakes really high. We believe in a community-led moderation approach. coupled with the implementation of the new UCOC. In 2021, three of our members will be taking the anti harassment course of the WMF.
We selected and contractualized a professional company for bookkeeping duties to have more precise and professional management of our financial accounts, and are now looking for members to join the board of trustees of our association. Two people are not enough, and we need a treasurer, after the departure of our treasurer to Spain. We thank her for her engagement and patienceǃ The next steps will be to make 2020 accounts available publicly, we are working on that. Our main sponsor, Wikimedia France, is being very supportive and helpful throughout these troubled times.
We hope to resume IRL activities in august 2021, starting with our traditional annual meeting. This time we will hopefully have people from the new Bénin group.
We will also look for people wanting to work on the WordPress website to showcase what we do and publish press releases and public reports. This should be a focus for 2022 after a failed attempt in 2020, due to the strains that COVID put on volunteers.
2021 will mark our fifth birthday and we are working on a fanzine to have our wonderful community express what Les sans pagEs means to themǃ