2023:Program/Submissions/Cultivating Equity: Global South Challenges in Black and Indigenous Knowledge within Wikimedia - MSTJVC

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Title: Cultivating Equity: Global South Challenges in Black and Indigenous Knowledge within Wikimedia


Stephanie Lima

PhD in Social Sciences from UNICAMP, with reflections on the centrality of intersectionality in the political action of the social movement, based on ethnography with movements of black youth. Master in Collective Health from UERJ (2016 and graduated in Social Sciences from UFRJ (2013). She was a member of the commission for the implementation of the policy of socio/ethnic/racial quotas at the Institute of Social Medicine (IMS/UERJ) (2014 and 2015). Member of the Black Consciousness Center at UNICAMP and the Working Group for the Implementation of Ethnic/Racial Quotas at UNICAMP graduation, (2016 and 2017). She acted as a researcher, in a quantitative survey, in the Research Panel of LGBTI+ Violence in the State of Rio de Janeiro, coordinated by the NGO Arco-Íris and the National Alliance LGBTI+. She worked with the evaluation and monitoring of the Theater of the Oppressed project, from the Center for Theater of the Oppressed. She participated in the 1st Saberes em Exchange, organized by the Latin American Institute of Sexuality and Politics, Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir (ILSB) and CREA, held in 2019 in Mexico City. Participant in the Fellowship Program for People of African Descent, offered by OHCHR (UN). Recognized by the Global Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) 100 Under 40 of 2022 list. She is currently a member of the National Articulation of Black Young Feminists (ANJF / RJ) and coordinator of the National Catalog of Black, Black and Indigenous Researchers in the Social Sciences. She also works as an Articulator in the Support Program for Human Rights Defenders at the NGO Criola. She conducts research on race, gender, sexuality, social movements and affirmative action. At InternetLab, she is a Postdoctoral Fellow.

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Type: Workshop

Track: Equity, Inclusion, and Community Health

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 60 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

The workshop aims to improve knowledge equity within Wikimedia by discussing the challenges, expectations, and strategies related to Black and indigenous knowledge online from a Global South perspective. We will gather information through active listening and questioning to collectively draft strategic solutions for accessing, producing, and circulating this knowledge.

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The challenges faced by historically marginalized populations, such as Black and indigenous people, to access, produce and circulate knowledge online are often left unseen. Our objective with this workshop is to contribute to a deeper understanding of these inequalities. Based on a mapping developed in Brazil by InternetLab under the Wikimedia Foundation Knowledge Equity Fund, among other resources as well, we wish to address and collectively draft strategic solutions to the challenges of accessing, producing and circulating knowledge of Black and indigenous populations online, from a Global South perspective. We believe that the knowledge produced by black and indigenous people provides a broader understanding of society as a whole, not just the specificities of these communities. We propose to provide space for participants to share experiences to reflect on challenges, strategies and possible courses of action for the near future. The guest experts will each give a 10-minute speech to kick things off. After these initial speeches, which will be provocative, the participants will be separated into groups to reflect on some questions (20min): Why is it important to implement the equity perspective in knowledge at Wikimedia?; What is the main challenge when the topic is equity in knowledge?; If you were to implement a change, where would you start?; Which good practices and positive strategies can we share? This way, the feedback will create a network, expanding and complexifying the reflections on the theme proposed. We believe that the experience of different locations will broaden the discussion about knowledge equity related to populations in situations of social vulnerability, such as black and indigenous populations, in the internet ecosystem.

Further details[edit source]

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

It is a Wikimedia Foundation-funded research that InternetLab launched with a meeting and a seminar between February and March 2022. It aimed at gathering and hearing social agents that act and/or research free knowledge and/or knowledge equity, especially from a black and indigenous perspective. In August 2022, we published the Mapping “Transformation, challenges and strategies after 10 years of the Quotas Act” report, in which, by systematizing what we heard, we could better understand the relationship between the internet and the search for knowledge equity. In the report, we detailed issues around the egalitarian production and circulation of knowledge and challenges in building bridges between the discussions of free knowledge and Black and indigenous knowledge, contextualizing such in the 10th anniversary of the Brazilian Quotas Act, a law on affirmative actions on universities. One point the participants brought up was the urgent need to develop practical solutions, such as using free platforms for producing and accessing Black and indigenous knowledge. On the one hand, Wikipedia is seen by them as an ally; on the other, challenges and tensions arise and must be faced.

On the topic of diversity, this workshop aims to bring together different groups and projects from various backgrounds in the Global South to share strategies to implement a more egalitarian Wikimedia for historically vulnerable populations such as the black and indigenous populations. Collaboration is also a central aspect of the pursuit of equity. Thus, from the question: “If you were to implement a change, where would you start?” we aim to build a network that connects the proposals mentioned in the workshop with the initiatives presented. We also wish to enjoy Wikimania's vibrant and diverse atmosphere to create new solutions by hearing voices from many locations worldwide.

Finally, our proposal speaks directly to the future of Wikimedia. This is because if Wikipedia wants to continue existing, it needs to address these issues since they are very important for the coming generations. Therefore, it is also linked to the 2030 Wikimedia Movement Strategy (#Wikimedia2030). Furthermore, increasing the access, production and circulation of Black and indigenous knowledge also means working together with these communities to keep their knowledge alive and circulating in the future.

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?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty 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