Title: Art+Feminism West African Indigenous Language Program
Kira Wisniewski (she/her) is the Executive Director of Art+Feminism. Art+Feminism builds a community of activists that is committed to closing information gaps related to gender, feminism, and the arts, beginning with Wikipedia.
Sadik Shahadu, User:Shahadusadik
My name is Sadik from Ghana. I am a certified Wikipedia trainer, researcher and Social Media Manager for MHz Foundation and Curationist.org. I am also the executive director and co-founder of the Dagbani Wikimedians User Group, a young not-for-profit organization based in Ghana and working to support the 16 Mole-Dagbani languages on Wikipedia and its sister projects. I am currently serving as the West African Indigenous Language Coordinator at Art+Feminism and a steering committee member of the Wikimedia Language Diversity Hub. Outside Wikimedia, I serve on the advisory of the UNESCO ‘Open Education for a Better World’ program, a Mozilla Open Leader X fellow, MozFest wrangler mentor and ambassador for Mozilla festival 2022. I am passionate about open source technology, open data and the use of open education resources (OER). As a GLAM enthusiast and digital language activist, he works with individuals and organizations interested in digitizing indigenous languages and cultures on the internet. I am passionate about open source technology, open data and the use of open education resources (OER). As a researcher and digital language activist, I work with individuals and organizations interested in digitizing indigenous languages and cultures on the internet. I was the country coordinator for Wiki Loves Folklore and Wiki Loves Earth 2021.
Room: Room 311
Start time: Wed, 16 Aug 2023 10:22:00 +0800
End time: Wed, 16 Aug 2023 10:34:00 +0800
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Submission state: confirmed
Duration: 12 minutes
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Presentation language: en
Abstract & description[edit source]
This proposal highlights Art+Feminism’s West African Indigenous Language Community Program, which supports smaller language Wikipedia communities and promotes the representation of Indigenous knowledge and culture. Through partnerships with Wikimedia communities in West Africa, the program has supported several projects, such as the Dagbani and Gurene Wikipedias.
In 2020–2021, Art+Feminism started a pilot initiative to support the Atikamekw and Dagbani languages on Wikipedia as the inaugural Art+Feminism Indigenous language community program.
In 2021, the program was further modified to support west African Wikimedia language communities such as Dagbani, Gurene, Moore, Hausa, Twi, Tyap, Igbo, and Yoruba, as well as the Pidgin language Wikipedia in Ghana and Nigeria.
Art+Feminism’s West African Indigenous Language Community Program aims to promote the representation of Indigenous knowledge and culture on Wikipedia by supporting smaller language communities. The program has been working with Wikimedia language communities in West Africa, providing them with the necessary tools to create and improve articles in West African indigenous languages such as Dagbani and Gurene Wikipedias. This proposal is about the Art+Feminism West African Indigenous Languages program and how people can get involved. It will also give those who attend a chance to talk about how important it is to decolonize knowledge production and encourage linguistic diversity on Wikipedia. During the session, we will talk about how important it is to help indigenous communities keep and share their culture and knowledge. It will also showcase the impact of collaborative efforts between Art+Feminism, Wikimedia communities, and local organizations in expanding access to information and knowledge production.
Further details[edit source]
Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?
This session directly relates to the event themes: Diversity, collaboration future, as it seeks to bring various language communities together to discuss their challenges and success stories. It also seeks to provide support to individuals and communities working on indigenous Wikipedia language projects
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?