The Wiki Loves Women Focus Coaching programme is a practical, action-oriented, mentored online training programme that provides skills and knowledge transfer that is specifically designed to support community leaders as they create gender-equity programmes and drives within the Wikimedia and Open movements. The Focus Coaching programme will provide ideas, guidance, skills transfer and mentorship as each Focus Group Member plans a gender-equity programme within their community, and gathers the resources and skills to implement this programme.
Focus Group coaching programme with 12 female members from Botswana, Cameroon, France, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan and Zimbabwe.The first goal of the Focus Group members is to raise awareness by organising local community participation in the #SheSaid drive. #SheSaid began as an online drive in 2020 to improve the visibility of female leaders by creating new or improving already existing Wikiquote entries. It ensures that women’s voices heard. The #SheSaid 2021 will take place from October 2021.
Meet the Focus Group Members
Florence Devouard I was born in Versailles (France). I grew up in Grenoble, and have been living since then in several French cities, as well as Antwerpen in Belgium and Tempe in Arizona. I am an engineer in Agronomy (ENSAIA and also hold a DEA in Genetics and biotechnologies (INPL). I have spent a while in public research (INRA), working in flower plant genetic improvement, later in applied research, in microbiology, to study the feasibility of heavily polluted soil bioremediation. I spent some time in Tempe University (Arizona), following courses in computer science and civil engineering. After a break to take care of my first two kids, I joined a small french firm, Quantix Agro, whose activity was related with decision tools, in finances, insurance, agriculture and agri-business. My part was in the agri-business, and I mostly worked to conceive decision-making tools in w:en:sustainable agriculture. Unfortunately, my firm had to stop activity at the end of 2005. As of late 2020, I am 52, and live in Marseille. A few (rather old) picts. My kids are sometimes featured in some wikimedia projects. The last one is hidden somewhere in the Wikibooks on photography.
Isla Haddow-Flood I live in Cape Town, South Africa and am a proudly African Wikipedian, and initiate projects to further the WikiAfrica movement across Africa. From 2013 to 2014 I was a member of the board of Wikimedia ZA.
Candy Tricia Khohliwe
Candy Tricia Khohliwe Hi my name is Candy Tricia Khohliwe, I am a long-term editor. I belong to the Wikimedia Botswana Usergroup. I have led two successful Wiki Loves Africa photo contest and a successful Art and Feminism Editathon and panel discussion. I am a coordinator with Wiki Loves Women Focus Group Members initiative.
Tochi Precious Friday
Tochi Precious Friday I live Abuja, Nigeria and I’m proudly an African Wikipedian, and initiate projects to further the  movement across Africa. I founded a language centre called Smarter Language Hub where I help promote bilingual education and cross-cultural communication. I’m a multi-linguist, lover of Arts and Culture.
Olla Mahadi I have been a volunteer with Wikimedia since 2018 on Wiki Gap 1.0 ever since then i have been i different work related to Sudan editing mostly and training new users, highlighting the gap in content related to women and the need to write about Sudan by Sudanese. I am co-founder of Wikimedia Sudan User Group in 2020 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Sudan
Sichelesile Similo Ndlovu
Sichelesile I live in Matopo, Zimbabwe and am a proudly new African Wikipedian. l have been a librarian in a Boarding school for the past 11 years.l hold a degree in Library and Information Science. l am here to initiate projects to further the WikiAfrica movement across Africa. From February 2021 l have been engaged with AfLIA WikiLib Cohort 1 and learned a lot about editing, since then, l have edited articles and added citations on wikipedia, l have joined the Wiki Loves Women and enjoying the ride.
Morleen Caroline Bortman
Morleen Caroline Bortman Always leave the world in a better way than you found it. I am 58 years old. I am Reference Librarian at a university library in Harare, Zimbabwe. I am a holder of an Honours Degree in Library and Information and Information Science. My passion as a reference librarian is to serve and satisfy my users` information needs be it physically or electronically. I love to engage my users to fully understand their information needs. I joined the Wikipedia Cohort 1 Group in February and started my journey as new Wikipedian. I have joined the Wiki Loves Women Focus Group and would want to put my community on the Wikipedia global map through engaging in various Wikimedia projects and campaigns. My passion is to make my community better in all possible ways and Wikimedia provides this opportunity in many ways through its many programmes.
Cmwaura I am a Kenyan Librarian currently in Nairobi Kenya. I am a new member of Wiki Loves Women Focus Group Members initiative in the larger movement of Wiki In Africa project. I recently joined Wiki Loves Women Focus_Group which focuses on contributing towards the UN’s SDG 5 Gender Equity: achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.
Oteng Tiro Sandra Kolobetso
Oteng Tiro Sandra Kolobetso My name is Oteng Tiro Sandra Kolobetso, I am a volunteer in wikipedia, I contribute towards competitions and events in aiming to increase content and contrubutions about by country in wekipedia. I am a graduate in BSC (HONS) in Business Information technology. I have worked with the University of Botswana for 2 years as an Information technology officer intern, currently volunteering for the Computer Society of Botswana as a coordinator and for the year 2020 and 2021 I have also volunteered as the co-organizer for the Wiki loves Africa photographic competition, Botswana. I am an enthusiastic, hardworking young woman who is keen to achieve every set goal.
Minette Lontsie I am a trained journalist, entrepreneur and wikimedian from Cameroon. I am passionate about creating content for Africans and filling the content gap about Africa on the internet, with a strong interest in arts and culture, gender equality, photography and IT. I started contributing on Wikimedia projects in 2016 after participating in the WIKIMOOC in February 2016. Member of the Wikimedians of Cameroon User group since 2017. Some projects have participated in :
- Wiki Loves Women in Cameroon
- Nos Jardins :c:Commons:Nos Jardins
- WikiChallenge Ecoles d’Afrique/en 2021
- Wiki Loves Africa in Cameroon
Clementine Nyirahabihirwe I am Clementine Nyirahabihirwe, a Rwandan woman of 36 years old, I hold a Bachelor’s degree at National University of Rwanda, in the faculty of Economics and Management, Economic department.
I am a member of the Wikimedia User Group Rwanda, and I am one of the 4 founders of User group Rwanda, I act as General secretary in the executive team. I have been a member of the Rwanda User group since 2019. I organized and coordinated: Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos Campaign 2020 in Rwanda (WPWP), Rwanda Movement Strategy Discussion, Visible Wiki Women in Rwanda and as we work as a team, I also participate in implementation of other project like Wiki Loves Monument, Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves folklores, etc. Before that, I worked for different NGOs as project manager. I used to be in charge of different projects which were mainly children and women development focused.
Faith Mwanyolo I am a 21 year old computer science student at Riara University located in Nairobi, Kenya. Nationality: Kenyan. I began to take an interest in Wiki projects about a year ago and have so far organized a WikiGap event at my university, attended the Wikimania Conference in Cape Town among other things. I have a vision to grow the Wikipedia Community in my country as it is almost non-existent. Promotion of open education will go a long way to promote digital literacy in my country. I aim to introduce as many people as I can to this concept and also the idea of adding content and writing articles on Wikipedia.