On International Women’s Day, the Wikimedians of UAE User Group organized an edit-a-thon dedicated to creating and editing articles on notable Emirati and Arab Women who broke the bias in their field of work. It was the Wikimedians of UAE User Group first edit-a-thon ever. We booked a room in the House of Wisdom library in Sharjah, one of the iconic libraries in the country.
The event was hybrid (in person and virtual). We had 11 people coming to the event and 5 joining us virtually. We started the edit-a-thon with small video from Maryana Iskander, the Wikimedia Foundation CEO, who gave a nice welcome to our new user group and the initiative on women’s day. Then our group leader Ahlam Bolooki, welcomed everyone and talked about our plans and initiatives. Right after that, the edit-a-thon started, we shared names of around 40 notable Emirati and Arab women and asked the participants to start researching and creating the articles. The ambient was very friendly and collaborative. we were going around the participants offering them help and support.
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