Wiki Women Camp Declaration: Paving the Way for Gender Equity in Wikimedia Movement

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Empowering Change for a More Inclusive Wikimedia Movement

We are excited to share a significant milestone in the journey toward gender equity in the Wikimedia Movement. The Wiki Women Camp, a collective voice committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, is proud to announce a comprehensive declaration for global consultation and review.

A Pioneering Declaration

Our declaration is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to advancing gender equity within the Wikimedia Movement. In the spirit of collaboration, inclusivity, and empathy, we present a series of key recommendations aimed at fostering a more diverse and equitable community.

Key Recommendations

1. Creation of a Working Group or Task Force for Gender Equity Prioritization

We recommend the establishment of a dedicated working group to support and drive efforts related to the prioritization of equity across the Wikimedia Movement. This group should work collaboratively with all stakeholders to address gender imbalances and promote equity.

2. Development of Policies for Balanced Representation

We endorse the creation of clear and measurable policies that advocate for gender balance. For instance, we recommend setting a standard of at least 33% representation of women+ on Boards for Chapter and Thematic Organization for recognition.

3. Mandate for Grantees to Include Women+ on Their Teams

It is our recommendation that grantees be required to have women+ as integral members of their teams. This mandatory inclusion ensures a broader spectrum of perspectives and enriches project outcomes. 

4. Establishment of Support Structures for Contributors

To foster an environment that encourages and supports individuals working on Wiki Women+ projects, we propose the creation of dedicated support structures. These structures should ensure that individuals with such aspirations receive the community support and mentorship they need.

5. Development of Guidelines and Support for Sustainable Resources

We advocate for the formulation of comprehensive guidelines and supportive frameworks that empower gender equity initiatives with sustainable resources. This includes financial, technical, and community support.

6. Commitment to Global Coordination

We must commit to global coordination, transcending boundaries and regions to work collectively toward a shared goal. Our aim is to create a global network that aligns with the Wikimedia Movement’s mission of free knowledge accessible to all.

Join Us in Shaping the Future

This declaration represents a collective determination to empower positive change for gender equity within our community. We invite all Wikimedia stakeholders and interested parties to participate in the global consultation and review of our recommendations.

Together, we can ensure that the Wikimedia Movement becomes a beacon of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Join us in this transformative journey, as we work hand in hand to create a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

Stay tuned for updates and the opportunity to provide your valuable input on our recommendations. Together, we can make a difference!

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