Wikimedia Foundation elections/2021/Candidates/Farah Jack Mustaklem
|statement (Not more than 450 words)||My name is Farah Jack Mustaklem, and I’m a Wikip(m)edian from Palestine. My involvement with Wikipedia began in 2005, when I started editing the Arabic and then the English Wikipedia, and later uploading photos to Commons.
I’m a founding member and former treasurer of the Wikimedians of the Levant User Group and a member of the newly formed Arabic Wikimedians User Group. I also served on the Affiliations Committee for two years. As part of my activities in the Wikimedians of the Levant User Group, I was also involved in kickstarting the Wikipedia Education Program in Palestine.
Off-wiki, I have held several Wikipedia workshops to promote contributing to free knowledge in Palestine, as well as a Wikipedia workshop for Syrian refugees in the Netherlands. I have also been active at clarifying some widely-held misconceptions about Wikipedia, be it on social media, traditional media, or word of mouth.
I firmly believe that free access to knowledge is a universal basic human right, and that digital rights are paramount to creating a free and open global society. As such, I have been involved in advocacy for digital and other human rights in the Arab World and outside. This activism is very dear to my heart, and it is my hope that the Wikimedia movement plays a greater role in promoting these rights. If elected to the Board, I will make this one of my top priorities.
A software engineer by profession, I spend much of my time behind a screen (be it for work, for Wikipedia, or for digital advocacy). When not at my computer, one of my favorite pastimes is participating in the weekly Quiz Night trivia competition. I credit Wikipedia and the time I have spent perusing it with enriching my general knowledge and helping my team maintain its leading position. Other hobbies include hiking, photography, and spending time with my family.
I was born in the United States, and have lived my life between the US and Palestine, which is why I can claim both English and Arabic as native languages. I have a passion for linguistics and for learning new languages. Living in two very different societies has helped me gain a nuanced perspective on life, and has made me better appreciate the cultural differences that exist between people, as well as the common humanity that binds them.
|Top 3 Board priorities||- Increase diversity on the Board and represent marginalized communities.
- Promote more transparency in the governance and decision-making of the WMF.
- Align WMF with digital rights and other human rights movements, as free knowledge is a right for all.
|Top 3 Movement Strategy priorities||Ensure Equity in Decision-making|
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Verified by: Matanya (talk) 20:54, 1 July 2021 (UTC)
Verified by: Joe Sutherland (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 01:02, 30 June 2021 (UTC)