The AfroCROWD initiative to increase awareness of the African Diaspora on Wikipedia, has been involved at the United Nations and in the international community for several years. This presentation will cover some of that interaction and share some of what we have learned from it on how to work with a complicated multi-stakeholder intergovernmental institution, and advance Wikipedia initiatives towards diversity and inclusion through international partnerships and initiatives.
AfroCROWD i.e. Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) is an outreach initiative and Wikimedia User Group which seeks to increase awareness of the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements among potential editors of African descent. Since its launch during Black Wiki History Month in 2015, AfroCROWD has sensitized thousands in its target audience about free culture crowdsourcing and the need to close the multicultural and gender gaps in Wikipedia. AfroCROWD has also held monthly multilingual editathons in partnership with cultural institutions, galleries, libraries, archives, museums (GLAM) and many others.
During this presentation, we will begin by discussing the reason behind the initiative (now user group) and talk about our work within the international context. AfroCROWD has organized or participated in several initiatives at the United Nations. As recently as March, our, for example, AfroCROWD's Program and Outreach Director, Sherry Antoine, was invited to speak at a UN event concerning women and the digital divide. AfroCROWD has also partnered with non-governmental organizations, grassroots initiatives, universities and other groups within the Wikimedia community for international events combining efforts related to diversity and inclusion.
During this session, we will talk about what we have learned from these experiences and share them with participants. We hope it will be an interactive and useful event.
Among the United Nations, SDGs AfroCROWD has interacted with several both directly and indirectly. These include SDG 4, 9, 17, and 10. For example, we have presented and organized events at the UN focused on improving information about Black women leaders on Wikipedia on several occasions. We have also worked with other Wikimedia groups and have also spoken directly on Gender Diversity, youth, technology and diversity in different formats at the United Nations headquarters and side events.
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
Learn: about AfroCROWD's work as a Wikipedia initiative that has presented and organized at the United Nations and worked with organizations in the global community to improve diversity and inclusion in Wikipedia content and editorship
Receive: best practices we have developed in working with global-facing organizations
Grow: in skills that we have attained in working in the international community
Meet: others interested in this area of Wikimedia organizing
Develop: strategy in relation to international organizing and tackling sustainable development goals like SDG5 on gender, SDG10 on inequality (and some on SDG4 on education)
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