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WMF UCOC Update: SurveyEdit

Hello Everyone,

The message below is from Mervat Salman of the Trust and Safety Team. She is compiling information for the UCOC committee from all affiliate groups about their experiences with harassment, what they expect from the UCOC, and what they do not want to see in it. Links to the survey in several languages are below. If you need it in another language, please contact Mervat at msalman-ctr@wikimedia.org. She would like folx to send their responses within the next two weeks. Thank you very much!

Sincerely, Rachel Wexelbaum (User:RachelWex)


There has been talks about the need for a global set of conduct rules in different communities over time, and finally, Wikimedia Foundation Board announced a Community Culture Statement, enacting new standards to address harassment and promote inclusivity across projects.

Since the universal code of conduct that will be a binding minimum set of standards across all Wikimedia projects, will apply to all of us, staff and volunteers alike, all around the globe, and will impact our work as groups, individuals and projects, it’s of great importance that we all participate in expressing our opinions and thoughts about UCoC, its nature, what we think it should cover or include and what it shouldn’t include; how it may develop, drawback or help our groups.

This is the time to talk about it. As you are a valuable contributor to the Wikimedia movement, your voice counts. Before starting to draft the code of conduct, we would like to hear from you; We invite you to devote some minutes to take this survey; your answers will help us create a safer environment for all on Wikimedia:

(English): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd36dNdU3C5shXEkKp9itJOhuCTx9hZE5AE-xflkxtfRMnZtg/viewform?usp=pp_url

(Spanish): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczplOUFD8MXf7hBBd6kuELGF4sOGyqnXwbrWHg3yP9JK3Cgg/viewform?usp=pp_url

(French): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeTJRc-8Pzi8J7rhlh3nqT7OvB5g1MN3n-SXCz786JCMWVHGQ/viewform?usp=pp_url

(Dutch): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOdS5dCkC8eYlnc-546d42b8N36bOwZ9uFOjmvD3h2TNnysQ/viewform?usp=pp_url

(Russian): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeTJRc-8Pzi8J7rhlh3nqT7OvB5g1MN3n-SXCz786JCMWVHGQ/viewform?usp=pp_url

It’s possible that you are a member of more than one affiliate; hence you may receive this survey more than once, and you may have participated previously in the discussions or filled out a previous survey during the first round of consultations about UCoC which targeted wikipedia/wikimedia communities. We apologize for this; it is really difficult to identify if a wikimedian belongs to multiple groups that work to spread free knowledge.

Looking forward to your thoughts and opinions and hoping that you can respond within the next 2 weeks. If you have any questions about the surveys or difficulties accessing the link, please contact me by email (msalman-ctr@wikimedia.org)

Results will be considered during the drafting process for the UCoC

Thank you for your participation



Mervat Salman

Trust & Safety (Policy) Facilitator

Wikimedia Foundation

Sunday January 10 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meetingEdit

 
Into the blue.

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a developing forum for all Wikimedia movement affiliates to share ideas on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy process. It expands on the model of the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting to help lay some of the groundwork for a future Global Council.

Following up on the August, September, October, and November SWAN meetings, and June's All-Affiliates Brand Meeting, as well as strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates including SWAN input on Interim Global Council and Movement Charter, this month we are meeting on Sunday January 10, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

To start the exchange of ideas on the IGC early, and to help prepare before the SWAN calls, we have set up and invite everyone to participate at this etherpad. If you like a more interactive way of discussing, we have also made a jamboard. Check here for more details.

--Pharos (talk) 18:39, 1 January 2021 (UTC)

January 2021 LGBT+ User Group Meeting - Tuesday January 19 at 12:30 pm EST/ 17:30 UTCEdit

Our January monthly User Group meeting will be at 12:30pm EST via Zoom. Please check your time here.

Please add agenda items and discussion points on our page for the meeting. All are welcome. --- FULBERT (talk) 10:18, 18 January 2021 (UTC)

2021 Affiliates membership surveyEdit

There has been some discussion within the informal LGBT+ User Group Telegram Channel about the 2021 Affiliate Membership Survey, and the concerns about its asking questions related to gender (both of self as well as the respondent's perception of the gender of others), IP tracking, lack of privacy, lack of being able to skip questions, and overall intrusive questions (there are multiple surveys this year for Affiliates, and some ask questions about individual financial strain, if you can walk up and down stairs, and the like that seem odd and intrusive at best, while potentially threatening at worst). These survey concerns were raised with the Affiliations Committee and also a standing working group series of meetings between this User Group and WMF Trust and Safety. We have been told the survey has been adjusted based on our concerns, though it is challenging to understand how changing a survey mid-use is methodologically sound, not to mention after many people being told to avoid this as problematic. As a result, at the last LGBT+ User Group meeting on January 19 it was unanimously agreed by all members present that we recommend members of our User Group to NOT complete this survey due to concerns for privacy and safety. We understand the issues have supposedly been addressed, yet we have lost faith in survey process this year.

The survey is open and available for a few more days if anybody wishes to see it via the link above, and while our voices not being included in it and thus the results will not speak to us or our needs, we believe the survey is problematic enough that participating in it will be more problematic than its excluding us. I do understand two of our members have completed it, though more than that I cannot say as I personally abandoned the survey midway due to my concerns. I am posting this here in part as a representative for our User Group who offered to do it here on Meta, sharing our concerns with a survey that does not speak to our needs. Thank you. --- FULBERT (talk) 00:16, 27 January 2021 (UTC)

+1, we discussed this, it is in our meeting notes. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:56, 27 January 2021 (UTC)

Project Grant Open CallEdit

This is the announcement for the Project Grants program open call that started on January 11, with the submission deadline of February 10, 2021.
This first open call will be focussed on Community Organizing proposals. A second open call focused on research and software proposals is scheduled from February 15 with a submission deadline of March 16, 2021.

For the Round 1 open call, we invite you to propose grant applications that fall under community development and organizing (offline and online) categories. Project Grant funds are available to support individuals, groups, and organizations to implement new experiments and proven ideas, from organizing a better process on your wiki, coordinating a campaign or editathon series to providing other support for community building. We offer the following resources to help you plan your project and complete a grant proposal:

Weekly proposals clinics via Zoom during the Open Call. Join us for #Upcoming_Proposal_Clinics|real-time discussions with Program Officers and select thematic experts and get live feedback about your Project Grants proposal. We’ll answer questions and help you make your proposal better.

Program officers are also available to offer individualized proposal support upon request. Contact us at projectgrants@wikimedia.org if you would like feedback or more information.

We are excited to see your grant ideas that will support our community and make an impact on the future of Wikimedia projects. Put your idea into motion, and submit your proposal by February 10, 2021!

Please feel free to get in touch with questions about getting started with your grant application, or about serving on the Project Grants Committee. Contact us at projectgrants wikimedia.org.
RSharma (WMF)MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 07:56, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

February 2021 LGBT+ User Group Meeting - Tuesday February 16 at 12:00 pm EST/ 17:00 UTCEdit

Our February monthly User Group meeting will be at 12:00pm EST via Zoom. Please check your time here.

Please add agenda items and discussion points on our page for the meeting. All are welcome. FULBERT (talk) 14:59, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

Sunday February 21 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meetingEdit

 
We are a mosiac.

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a developing forum for all Wikimedia movement affiliates to share ideas on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy process. It expands on the model of the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting to help lay some of the groundwork for a future Global Council.

Following up on the August, September, October, November, and January SWAN meetings and June's All-Affiliates Brand Meeting, as well as strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates, this month we are meeting on Sunday February 21, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

To help set priorities for the SWAN agenda, and also to help manage which global conversations should be a focus in general, we have set up and invite everyone to participate at this SWAN priorities form.

Possible topics include Community Board seats, Interim Global Council, Strategy prioritization follow-up events, Branding, Universal Code of Conduct, Grant strategy, and WMF CEO search. That is a lot of things, which are most important to cover in our upcoming SWAN meeting?

--Pharos (talk) 18:49, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

Communications policyEdit

There has been a refresh to the Wikimedia LGBT+/Communications page, so it can become a reference for what safe space means and our expectations that these groups and meetings are respected as confidential. It's a first pass, so a topic we can discuss at the next UG meeting. -- (talk) 13:22, 27 February 2021 (UTC)

Four panel discussions - Call for Feedback: Community Board seats final sprintEdit

 
The final sprint

The Facilitation team invites you to a round of panel sessions March 12 - 14 in the last days of the Call for feedback: Community Board seats.

We are confirming guests and times, and we are updating the wiki pages accordingly. Expect 90-minute sessions with video recording: 45 minutes for a panel to dive deep into possible scenarios followed by 45 minutes to continue the conversation with open mic for all participants. You can share your questions and comments now on the panel Talk pages. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 17:46, 5 March 2021 (UTC)

March 2021 LGBT+ User Group Meeting - Tuesday March 9 at 12:00 pm EST/ 17:00 UTCEdit

Our March monthly User Group meeting will be at 12:00pm EST via Zoom. Please check your time here.

Please add agenda items and discussion points on our page for the meeting. All are welcome. --- FULBERT (talk) 02:11, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

CIS-A2K Community Needs Assessment 2021-22Edit

Dear Wikimedians,
CIS-A2K is in a process of writing 2021–2022 work-plan. To design the programs based on the needs of the community and volunteers, we invite your valuable suggestions and thoughts. We would like to improve our working continuously taking into consideration the responses/feedback about the events conducted previously. We request you to go through the various sections in the form and respond.
Google form link - Click here to submit your plan

Please write in detail. We would like to discuss this over the phone/email also if needed. Contact tito+2020@cis-india.org if you have a question(s) or for further details or a detailed comment.
With best wishes,
Jayanta (CIS-A2K) (talk) 07:19, 13 March 2021 (UTC) behalf -
Centre for Internet & Society's Access to Knowledge Programme (CIS-A2K)

Sunday March 21 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meetingEdit

 
Community as a hand-carved gem.

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a developing forum for all Wikimedia movement affiliates to share ideas on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy process. It expands on the model of the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting to help lay some of the groundwork for a future Global Council.

Following up on the August, September, October, November, January, and February SWAN meetings and June's All-Affiliates Brand Meeting, as well as strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates including Grants relaunch and Community Board seats, this month we are meeting on Sunday March 21, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

(Note that the UTC times of 03:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC are the same as before, although some places have had daylight savings time changes since our last meeting).--Pharos (talk) 04:13, 17 March 2021 (UTC)

Top Employment Opportunities for LGBTQEdit

LGBTQ individuals face a lot of challenges and difficulties socially and professionally. Though sexual orientation is a personal matter and does not affect work, the workplace environment is still unaccepting and biased. The U.S and many other countries stated discrimination illegal in the workplace due to sexual orientation.

According to a law passed by the U.S. Congress on 15th June 2020, it is illegal for employers to victimize employees based on gender identity or sexual orientation. However, LGBTQ+ community members still struggle to find employment due to many economic and social reasons. There are several chambers of commerce created to help LGBTQ+ individuals find work. Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce has set up a [| LGBTQ job finding platform] specifically to support and encourage LGBTQ.

March 2021 LGBT+ User Group Meeting #2 - Tuesday March 23 at 1:00 pm EDT / 17:00 UTCEdit

At the last User Group meeting on March 9, it was agreed we should meet again, a second time, this month.

Please note, the time we agreed upon may be a little different due to the time shift in North America, so we will keep the same time as agreed upon per UTC. Our second March User Group meeting will be at 12:00pm EDT / 17:00 UTC via Zoom. Please check your time here.

Please add agenda items and discussion points on our page for the meeting. All are welcome. --- FULBERT (talk) 00:46, 22 March 2021 (UTC)

La Trobe Uni pride week editathonEdit

La Trobe University (Australia) is planning to host an extended editathon, launching in Pride Week. The aim is for volunteers to meet every 2 weeks to learn WP, draft bios, swap and proofread each others, then upload them. I'll be helping out as a wikipedian, but any ideas from this community welcomed on:

  • Key stats or points to note about representation (since the oft-quoted 18% of bios are women stats clearly doesn't extend to LGBT+ !)
  • Any common pitfalls that we might not have thought of when it comes to LGBT+ representation on-wiki. e.g. enwp categories are weird.

The draft redlist is going to be added at wp:GLAM/La_Trobe_University/2021_editathon over the coming weeks. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 03:30, 24 March 2021 (UTC)

@RachelWex and Bluerasberry: I remember you mentioned an estimate some time around 2012-2015, but can't remember exactly where. Do you have any current estimates (even if just to the nearest order of magnitude). A crude wikidata query of a likely highly incomplete dataset suggests about 1000 biographies of gender diverse people on enwp. I'm inclined to guess a total between 1,000-10,000 bios of ppl who identify as gender diverse, i.e. at 0.05 - 0.5% of biographies. Does that sound somewhere in the general vicinity? T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 05:41, 12 April 2021 (UTC)

Call for Feedback: Community Board seats - Main Report draft comment periodEdit

 
Questions? Comments?

We have concluded the Call for Feedback: Community Board seats. Thank you everyone who participated.

During the Call for Feedback period from February 1 to March 14, a team of 10 facilitators organized open and inclusive community discussions to gather feedback about ideas for trustee selection processes for community-and-affiliate Board seats. Some facilitators had a regional focus; some had a language focus. The intention was for the combined facilitation team to obtain a fair representation of the movement’s diversity and create a report for the Board. The facilitation team used the Weekly Reports as the main source of information to create the main report.

A draft of the Call for Feedback: Community Board seats main report is now available. It will be available for community comment until Monday, March 29.

After the community comment period the facilitation team will send the main report to the Board. The feedback in the main report informs the Board’s decision about these potential changes to trustee selection processes, procedures, and tools to meet the goals of the Board.

Please reach out if you have any questions or comments. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 13:08, 24 March 2021 (UTC)

Community Resilience & Sustainability office hour April 17 15:00 UTCEdit

Hi all! The Community Resilience & Sustainability team at the Wikimedia Foundation is hosting an office hour led by its Vice President Maggie Dennis. Topics within scope for this call include Movement Strategy coordination (recently transferred to CR&S), Trust and Safety (and the Universal Code of Conduct), Community Development, and Human Rights. Come with your questions or feedback, and let’s talk! You can also send us your questions in advance.


The meeting will be on April 17 at 15:00 UTC check your local time.


You can check all the details on Meta. Hope to see you there!

Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 20:16, 8 April 2021 (UTC)

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