2023:Program/Community Initiatives/TLCTQG-Lessons from Regionalizing WikiForHumanRights and Next Steps

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Title: Lessons from Regionalizing WikiForHumanRights and Next Steps


Alex Stinson

Alex Stinson is a Lead Program Strategist at the Wikimedia Foundation. He works on how topics for impact and campaign organizing can be better supported throughout the Wikimedia movement.

Euphemia Uwandu

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Room: Room 325

Start time: Thu, 17 Aug 2023 18:00:00 +0800

End time: Thu, 17 Aug 2023 19:00:00 +0800

Type: No (pretalx) session type id specified

Track: Community Initiatives

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 60 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

For WikiForHumanRights 2023 we invested in a regionalization strategy to help meet the needs of the international community running the campaign each year. During this two part panel, we will explore how regional organizers built variations of the campaign to increase the impact on regional capacity and contributors, and use the last 15-20 minutes of the session to discuss how we want to continue decentralizing the campaign into the broader Wikimedia movement, with more leadership from community members.

Description[edit source]

2023 marked the third year with a #WikiForHumanRights Campaign focused on the Right to a Healthy Environment. Through the last three years of the campaign, we have filled significant knowledge gaps related to environmental and human rights topics on Wikimedia projects. However, the main focus of the campaign is helping regional and local organizers build techniques and strategies for addressing topics for impact in their own communities. During the 2023 version of the campaign, Campaign fellow Euphemia Uwandu building on the work of 2022 fellow Ruby Dimenshi-Brown, implemented an regional-ambassador model that helped us better decentralize the capacity building and support of organizers in the campaign. Through this regionalization strategy, we were able to provide more targeted context-specific knowledge gap support, greater focus on skills and capacity building and communications needs for each region. This panel will have two parts: first short reflections from regional ambassadors about how regionalized strategies developed for the campaign this year. In the final part of the session, we will focus on strategic questions related to the future of the campaign

Further details[edit source]

Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

The campaign has been a powerful tool for increasing collaboration and diversity of outreach programs, especially in communities in LATAM, MENA, and Sub Saharan Africa. We hope to increase the regionalization, and thus flexibility of the campaign in supporting the unique needs of different parts of the world in addressing new audiences and new communities.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Empty Onsite in Singapore
  • Tick Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand