2023:Program/Submissions/When the communities speak for themselves - how bring knowledge equity into policy discussions and advocacy activities? - ZJTM3H

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Title: When the communities speak for themselves - how bring knowledge equity into policy discussions and advocacy activities?


Lilli Iliev

Hi! I'm Lilli. I have been an employee of Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. since 2013, since 2022 as head of Politics & Public Sector. Primarily, I work there with the politics & public sector team to develop and communicate policies to members of the political sector, associations, the media, etc. that are intended to strengthen the work of volunteers and the framework for free knowledge.

Anna Mazgal

I am acting executive director of Wikimedia Europe, an umbrella organisation for Wikimedia affiliates in Europe. Based in Brussels, she has been a Senior EU Policy Advisor at Wikimedia Deutschland. I’m currently involved in policy discussions employing both a human rights perspective and the experience of Wikimedia. Previously, I carried out advocacy on copyright reform and terrorist content regulation.

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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]

This workshop will showcase the process of defining the scope of a knowledge equity audit, questions we had and ways we opened up the process to look into unconscious bias and ensure that we don’t miss what we don’t see. We will involve participants into discussing lessons learned, offering feedback and jointly learning what it means to transform our movement to serve communities that experience systemic oppression in the knowledge and information ecosystem and distribute the privilege that we have in accessing the ways in changing the oppressive system.

Description[edit source]

The Wikimedia Movement 2030 Strategy takes knowledge equity as pivotal to its direction. After many iterations of discussions that resulted in defining knowledge equity and integrating it into our value set, many members of our communities ask questions about applying it in practice into their strategic work.

In our advocacy in Europe we are looking into evaluating opportunities and challenges in reshaping EU public policy work and practices around advocacy for knowledge equity impact in the EU. In order to do so, we are carrying out a comprehensive audit of our work identifying missed opportunities, blind spots and recommending necessary processes and capacities to align with the objective. 

The audit focuses on the following questions: How can we truly be of service to a range of communities that don’t have the platform to advocate for themselves? How do we move from the frame to the action plan towards an equitable balance of power in the free knowledge ecosystem? How do we plan for impact and resources to follow the redistribution of power?

These questions are applicable to any change in our movement beyond policy and advocacy. Together we want to learn, exchange and inspire each other based on our and other examples of processes in the movement.

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

The workshop showcases the work we do within Europe in Brussels and with many affiliates on legislation that shapes the work of our communities. It’s oriented to examine how the knowledge equity paradigm can result in a more diversified representation of advocates and policy perspectives where we can effectuate systemic change. As such it may become an inspiration for different activities in our movement to shape a better, a more equitable future where truly everyone can share in the sum of human knowledge.

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