Great news, thanks Christophe! Welcome to the Wikimedia movement, Esra'a.

El vie., 1 de dic. de 2017 a la(s) 18:28, Anna Stillwell <
astillw...@wikimedia.org> escribió:

> Welcome, Esra'a. Thank you for taking the time to serve. I look forward to
> your contribution.
> /a
>
> On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 12:59 PM, Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > With the appointment of Raju to the Board of Trustees a couple of months
> > ago, we were left with a remaining open vacancy to fill. I am thrilled to
> > share that after several months of searching and discussions, we have
> made
> > another important appointment. At our November Board Retreat, the Board
> > appointed and welcomed Esra’a Al Shafei to fill our vacant expert seat.
> >
> > Esra'a is a prominent international human rights activist and social
> > entrepreneur. She founded and directs Majal, a nonprofit which utilizes
> > digital media to amplify under-reported and marginalized voices
> throughout
> > the Middle East and North Africa. For those of you that heard her keynote
> > presentation at this year's Wikimania, I think you will agree she will
> make
> > a very valuable addition to the Board and brings an important perspective
> > and skillset to the Board's efforts.
> >
> > Below (and on the Wikimedia Blog) you will find the official announcement
> > about Esra’a Al Shafei. Please join me in warmly welcoming her to the
> > Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees and to the Wikimedia movement!
> >
> > Christophe
> > Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> >
> > P.S. Due to the nature of Esra’a’s work, sharing photos or videos of
> Esra’a
> > may endanger her safety or the safety of others. To help ensure the
> privacy
> > and safety of Esra’a and her colleagues, we are not sharing any
> photographs
> > or videos of Esra'a. We ask that you please join us in supporting this
> > important safety consideration.
> >
> >
> > Press release
> >
> > Header: Esra'a Al Shafei joins Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> >
> > Subheader: Bahraini human rights activist and social entrepreneur brings
> to
> > the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees more than a decade of
> experience
> > in applying creative solutions to challenges faced by underserved and
> > underrepresented communities.
> >
> > Image: https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Esraa.png[a]
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> >
> > San Francisco, California, 1 December 2017 — The Wikimedia Foundation
> today
> > announced the appointment of Esra'a Al Shafei, a prominent human rights
> > activist and a passionate defender of free expression, to the Wikimedia
> > Foundation Board of Trustees.
> >
> > A native of Bahrain, Esra'a’s work aims to increase and protect free
> > speech, promote expression for youth and underrepresented voices, and
> > improve the lives of LGBTQ people in the Middle East and North Africa.
> She
> > founded and directs Majal, a network of online platforms that
> > amplify under-reported and marginalized voices.
> >
> > “Esra'a shares Wikimedia's foundational belief that shared knowledge can
> > facilitate shared understanding,” said Wikimedia Foundation Executive
> > Director, Katherine Maher. "Her achievements exemplify how intentional
> > community building can be a powerful tool for positive change, while
> > her passion
> > for beautiful and engaging user experiences will only elevate our work.
> We
> > are so fortunate to have her perspective in support of our global
> Wikimedia
> > communities."
> >
> > Esra'a founded Majal in 2006 as Mideast Youth, at the time a series of
> > blogs bringing a voice to marginalized and underrepresented young
> > people across the Middle East. Today, the organization's team helps build
> > communities that celebrate, protect, and promote diversity and social
> > justice. Their endeavors include CrowdVoice.org, which curates
> crowdsourced
> > media to contextualize social movements throughout the world; Mideast
> > Tunes, the largest web and mobile app showcasing underground musicians in
> > the Middle East and North Africa who use music as a tool for social
> change;
> > and Ahwaa.org, an open discussion platform for Arab LGBTQ individuals
> that
> > uses game mechanics to protect and engage its community.
> >
> >
> > “When I first encountered Wikipedia shortly after obtaining an internet
> > connection in the early 2000s, I felt that the true purpose of the
> internet
> > was realized. With Wikipedia, I accessed research regarding persecuted
> > communities in my home country and the wider region: ethnic and religious
> > minorities whom we were discouraged from learning about, and whose
> > histories and beliefs were dictated to us from a singular government
> > perspective. Wikipedia’s open source and crowdsourcing practices would
> > inspire the platforms I built to advocate for underrepresented
> communities,
> > and the internet would shape my life’s work in advocating for freedom of
> > expression and identity around the world,” said Esra'a.
> >
> > Esra'a received the Berkman Award for Internet Innovation from the
> Berkman
> > Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School in 2008 for
> > "outstanding contributions to the internet and its impact on society."
> The
> > World Economic Forum listed her as one of "15 Women Changing the World in
> > 2015." She has won the "Most Courageous Media" Prize from Free Press
> > Unlimited, and the Monaco Media Prize, which acknowledges innovative uses
> > of media for the betterment of humanity.
> >
> > She has been featured in Fast Company as one of the "100 Most Creative
> > People in Business;" in The Daily Beast as one of the 17 bravest bloggers
> > worldwide; and in Forbes' "30 Under 30" list of social entrepreneurs
> making
> > an impact in the world.
> >
> > Esra'a was a keynote speaker at Wikimania 2017 in Montreal, the annual
> > conference centered on the Wikimedia projects.
> >
> > “Esra'a brings tech expertise and a valuable perspective to the Board -
> > coming from a region where access to information is not taken for
> granted.
> > I was impressed by her talk during Wikimania 2017 on 'Experiences from
> the
> > Middle East: Overcoming Challenges and Serving Communities'. I think her
> > experience in that region will be important to our efforts around the
> > globe,” said Nataliia Tymkiv, Governance Chair for the Board.
> >
> > Esra'a is a senior TED Fellow, an Echoing Green fellow, and a Director’s
> > Fellow at the MIT Media Lab. She received a Shuttleworth Foundation
> > Fellowship in 2012 for her work on CrowdVoice.org.
> >
> > Esra'a joins nine other Foundation Trustees
> > <https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.google.com/url?q%
> > 3Dhttps://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees%
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> > who
> > collectively bring expertise in the Wikimedia community, financial
> > oversight, governance, and organizational development; and a commitment
> to
> > advancing Wikimedia’s mission of free knowledge for all.
> >
> > She was approved unanimously by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of
> Trustees.
> > Her term is effective December 2017 and will continue for three years.
> > Please see the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> > <https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.google.com/url?q%
> > 3Dhttps://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees%
> > 26amp;sa%3DD%26amp;ust%3D1512164054873000%26amp;usg%
> > 3DAFQjCNHvsp86oFFv5hD8SZzexjBIHdrkWA&sa=D&ust=1512164054901000&usg=
> > AFQjCNGS6qlGUSUBQzF5PmvviPecf7Kw4A>
> > for
> > complete biographies.
> >
> > About the Wikimedia Foundation
> >
> > The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and
> > operates Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge projects. Wikipedia is
> the
> > world’s free knowledge resource, spanning more than 45 million articles
> > across nearly 300 languages. Every month, more than 200,000 people edit
> > Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, collectively creating and improving
> > knowledge that is accessed by more than 1 billion unique devices every
> > month. This all makes Wikipedia one of the most popular web properties in
> > the world. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation
> is
> > a 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and
> grants.
> >
> > Esra’a Al Shafei profile
> >
> > Esra'a Al Shafei is a human rights activist and the founder and director
> of
> > Majal, a nonprofit which helps build communities that celebrate, protect,
> > and promote diversity, and social justice.
> >
> > A native of Bahrain, Esra'a works avidly to increase and protect free
> > speech, promote expression for youth and underrepresented voices, and
> > improve the lives of LGBTQ people in the Middle East and North Africa.
> She
> > founded Majal in 2006 as Mideast Youth. The organization has built online
> > platforms that creatively facilitate the struggle for social change in
> the
> > Middle East and North Africa.
> >
> > Esra'a received the Berkman Award for Internet Innovation from Berkman
> > Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School in 2008 for
> > "outstanding contributions to the internet and its impact on society."
> The
> > World Economic Forum listed her as one of "15 Women Changing the World in
> > 2015."
> >
> > She has won the "Most Courageous Media" Prize from Free Press Unlimited,
> > and the Monaco Media Prize, which acknowledges innovative uses of media
> for
> > the betterment of humanity.
> >
> > Esra'a is a senior TED Fellow, an Echoing Green fellow, and a Director’s
> > Fellow at the MIT Media Lab. She received a Shuttleworth Foundation
> > Fellowship in 2012 for her work on CrowdVoice.org. She lives in the
> Middle
> > East and North Africa region.
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