Hoi,
To be honest, there are great reasons not to having meetings in the United
States for similar reasons. The notion of conversion of homosexuality is
alive and well, even though people who care to look at the science know
that it does not work. The murder rate among LGBTI people is sky high. The
country is highly discriminatory, not only because of race. The USA is a
country at war, the numbers show why; more USA civilians die because of gun
violence than do USA military personnel. The ease whereby the murder on
women is explained away with arguments like "she was at the wrong time at
the wrong place" and "boys will be boys".

The point, when you advocate against countries, there is hardly anywhere
where your arguments don't hold. The objective is to educate and where we
stay away our message will not be heard. The Dutch "Zwarte Piet" will no
longer be black because of the foreign imposition of what is the
discriminatory practice "blackface" in the USA. But I digress. We should
engage all over the world particularly when the SDG are topical because
what global effect will it have when we ostracise countries like Tunesia or
the USA?

On Tue, 17 Sep 2019 at 23:33, Fæ <fae...@gmail.com> wrote:

> It astonishing that the WMF and affiliates are supporting a conference
> in Tunis. The country is not safe for LGBT+ people, including
> tourists, despite what promotional holiday and travel websites imply.
>
> I urge anyone who is LGBT+ and booked to go to this conference,
> including WMF employees, please reconsider and cancel your attendance.
> You will be putting yourself at unnecessary risk.
>
> It speaks volumes that on the one hand the WMF wishes to fund travel
> and accommodation for a diversity working group, but then chooses to
> hold the meetings in a country where this year there are cases of the
> courts officially forcing anal examinations on suspected homosexuals
> to "prove" they are homosexuals, deny the existence of trans people,
> and where there has been a case of a foreign tourist going to prison
> for their homosexuality.
>
> Thanks,
> Fae
> --
> fae...@gmail.com https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Fae
> WM-LGBT+ https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_LGBT+
>
> On Tue, 17 Sep 2019 at 20:26, Ad Huikeshoven <a...@huikeshoven.org> wrote:
> >
> > tl;dr Wikipedia can engage millions, billions of people to achieve the
> > Sustainable Development Goals by 2030
> >
> > Wikimedians and Wikipedians around the world have been involved with
> > Wikimedia 2030 since 2015. The strategic direction is to build the
> > essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge. Back in
> 2015 a
> > total of 193 members of the United Nations agreed to the 17 Sustainable
> > Developments Goals to be reached by the year 2030. Last August many of
> you
> > were in Stockholm, Sweden for Wikimania. The theme this year was
> “Stronger
> > Together: Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development
> > Goals”.[1]
> >
> > Michael Edson, founder and director of UN Live, the Museum of the UN in
> > Kopenhagen, Denmark held a keynote and asked Wikipedia for help. The UN
> > isn’t able to reach millions, billions of people on its own to have them
> > work on achieving the SDGs.[2] Wikipedia reaches half a billion people
> each
> > month. Millions of people have contributed to Wikipedia.
> >
> > Of course Wikipedia can spread the knowledge about the SDGs and how to
> > solve them in each country, and in each language. We can make a very good
> > case for an “open access knowledge sharing project related to the
> > Sustainable Development Goals that uses Wikipedia as a tool”. A lot of
> > knowledge will have to be gathered locally about local solutions to local
> > problems. We as a free knowledge movement have done so succesfully in the
> > past. We can do succesfully now.
> >
> > The one big reason to step upto the challenge is in the vision of the
> > movement: “Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely
> > share in the sum of all knowledge.” Imagine every single human having
> > access to how to solve each of the Sustainable Development Goals in their
> > locality, in their language.[3]
> >
> > Another reason is part of our mission: to empower and engage people
> around
> > the world to collect and develop educational content.[4] Might people
> > involved with the movement be able to educate people why and how to solve
> > global goals locally?
> >
> > Knowledge about SDGs is just a small subset of all knowledge. It would
> be a
> > big step for mankind to have exactly that knowledge available well before
> > the year 2030.[5] It won’t impede anyone to collect and share knowledge
> > outside that subset, however.
> >
> > To make it happen imagine having a small office with a handful dedicated
> > people in each country. People with the capacity to build partnerships
> with
> > NGO’s, universities, research institutions, government agencies, groups
> of
> > citizens who are already involved with the SDGs.[6] People with the
> > capacity to organize SDG themed writing contests and SDG themed
> > edit-a-thons with participants from interested parties.[7]
> >
> > As written above, it has been agreed to build the essential
> infrastructure
> > of the ecosystem of free knowledge. Why would it be worthwhile to invest
> 50
> > million dollar a year to build such an infrastructure?[8] With those tiny
> > offices in each country we it can exactly be done what Michael Edson
> begged
> > us to do: get millions (or billions) of people working together on global
> > goals and share the knowledge they gathered. To connect people everywhere
> > and catalyze global effort toward accomplishing the Sustainable
> Development
> > Goals.
> >
> > The Wikimedia movement has the capacity to raise the necessary funds
> > through banners on Wikipedia on top of what is now already collected, and
> > alreadt spent each year.[9] After a long period - over four years - of
> > mainly inward looking activities of board and working groups, the time
> has
> > come to look outwards. The works of our movement have influence globally
> > and can have global impact. Not impact measured as number of articles, or
> > number of editors retained, but impact on the real social life of seven
> > billion people, by sharing knowledge how to end poverty, how to end
> hunger
> > and so on.[11]
> >
> > Imagine a world where there is no poverty and zero hunger; with good
> health
> > and well-being, quality education and full gender equality everywhere.
> > There is clean water and sanitation for everyone. Affordable and clean
> > energy has helped to create decent work and economic growth. Prosperity
> is
> > fueled by investments in industry, innovation and infrastructure, which
> > helped to reduce inequalities. Living in sustainable cities and
> > communities, and responsible consumption and production are healing our
> > world. Climate action has capped the warming of the planet, and life
> below
> > water is flourishing, and there is abundant diverse life on land. There
> is
> > peace and justice through strong institutions, and long term partnerships
> > for the goals have been built.[12]
> >
> > In the coming weeks I continue to have talks with people to get an “open
> > access knowledge sharing project related to the Sustainable Development
> > Goals that uses Wikipedia as a tool” or Wiki loves SDGs project started
> and
> > launched. People willing to get involved, please contact me through
> private
> > message.
> >
> > Next week will start a strategy sprint in Tunis, with members of working
> > groups present, the board of the WMF, chiefs of the WMF office and some
> > people of WMDE to finalize the recommendations for Wikimedia 2030. Have a
> > look at the SDGs and think about what you can do for the SDGs, and not
> what
> > the SDGs can do for you.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Ad Huikeshoven
> >
> > [1] https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania (Thank you,
> Wittylama)
> > [2]
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimania_2019_Keynote_address_–_Michael_Peter_Edson.webm
> > [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Vision
> > [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mission
> > [5] https://www.sdgnederland.nl/sdg-moonshot/
> > [6]
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups/Partnerships/Recommendations/Nutshell
> > [7]
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups/Capacity_Building/Recommendations/Nutshell
> > [8]
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups/Resource_Allocation/Recommendations/Nutshell
> > [9]
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups/Revenue_Streams/Recommendations/Nutshell
> > [10]
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups/Roles_%26_Responsibilities/Recommendations/Nutshell
> > [11]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Learning_and_Evaluation/Logic_models
> > [12] https://www.thenewdivision.world/the-global-goals
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