Wiki Loves Women/Focus Group

Official Wiki Loves Women logo for across Africa

Wiki Loves Women Focus Coaching programmeEdit

The Wiki Loves Women Focus Coaching programme is a practical, action-oriented, mentored online training programme that provides skills and knowledge transfer that is specifically designed to support community leaders as they create gender-equity programmes and drives within the Wikimedia and Open movements. The Focus Coaching programme will provide ideas, guidance, skills transfer and mentorship as each Focus Group Member plans a gender-equity programme within their community, and gathers the resources and skills to implement this programme.

The initiative is related to the Wiki Loves Women project. Wiki Loves Women contributes towards the UN’s SDG 5 Gender Equity: achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. Within the 2030 Wikimedia Strategy, the Wiki Loves Women project works towards resolving several recommendations, and in particular Invest in Skills and Leadership Development.

Focus Group Coaching programmeEdit

The Focus Coaching programme is part of a multilayered strategy to ensure that gender-equity is at the heart of open movement community programmes across the continent. The new strategy is aimed at providing volunteers from within the open movement and aligned organisations the skills and knowledge to make these programmes sustainable and successful. Additional Wiki Loves Women programmes being implemented this year are:

  • The global online SheSaid Drive in October 21.
  • Release of the Organisers Event Toolkit: an online resource with step-by-steps, checklists and everything gender-equity partners need to host their own events within the gender active space.
  • The development of the Gender-Equity Wikimedia Mooc: this is in development until November / hosted in 2022: for Wikimedia organisers wishing to start gender programmes in their community; focus theoretical, meta subjects - information, visibility, knowledge transfer)

What will it involvesEdit

  • The group membership is made of 12 women, the majority of which from Africa.
  • The main goal of the Focus Group is skills transfer and also to raise awareness of and action to counter the lack of representation of women generally, and more specifically on online platforms such as Wikipedia (or Wikiquote). There are many important and contentious issues within the Gender space, however the group is not aimed at unpacking those. Rather it is aimed at transferring vital skills towards women and men – digital, technical, researching, writing and leadership – that allow them to access information in order to make up their own minds within their cultural specificity. The group will operate through training, mentoring, online learning, peer-to-peer support..
  • To plainly and practically experience the skills transfer, all members of the WLW Focus Group have agreed to participate to the #SheSaid drive, an initiative that celebrates women leaders and will take place in Fall-Winter 2021.
  • This initiative will help grow participation in each local community.
  • The #SheSaid drive is aimed at improving the visibility of women in creating new or improving already existing Wikiquote entries related to them. It aims to getting women’s voices heard.
  • First launched in October 2020, the #SheSaid campaign on Wikiquote has been an amazing success! Across 7 languages, by the 5th January 2021, it resulted overall in 867 new or improved articles (the majority new). Italian Wikiquote was the clear language winner (405 articles) with Ukraine (187) and French (106) coming not so close behind. Given its first edition success and noting that there is still a lot to do, the #SheSaid drive will run again end of 2021.
  • For further information visit, the post on diff about #sheSaid (English) as well as this article in French for further background.

Focus Group MembersEdit

Wiki Loves Women's Focus Group Working Meetings in 2021Edit

June 2021Edit

The Wiki Loves Women project has launched its Focus Group coaching programme with 12 female members from Botswana, Cameroon, France, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan and Zimbabwe. The Focus Group Members initiative kickstarted in June by hosting the first ever working session on June 2nd. In this working session the main discussions were about what the programme is about, goals and expectations from the Focus Group Members. We also discussed the future Wiki Loves Women/SheSaid initiative meant for October 2021.
Another platform that we use to stay in touch with the Focus Group to support and make announcements is on Telegram, which is quite convenient for communication.

Some of the key activities that were achieved in this month was to have all the Focus Group members meet up and support them in submitting their rapid grants proposals for the #SheSaid initiative. A number of office hour sessions were held in June to assist the Focus Group to successfully submit their rapid grant requests.


On the 7th of July 2021 the Focus Group Members had their second working group session where we discussed and worked on "Building your profile in Wiki". Some of the key elements that discussed were:

The Focus Group Member were encouraged to improve their User Pages, this will help them to easily get involved with the community of Wikipedia editors and also make it easier to for them to get contacted via your User Page for any discussions or notifications.

Wiki Loves Women rapid grants requests in 2021Edit