Please say hello in SuSanA Edit-a-thon virtual workroom! - 19-21 March to improve Wikipedia for Public Awareness, Advocacy and Civil Society Engagement (WG9)


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Yes, I’m interested because I am working for conserving natural heritage through mass mobilization and community sensitization at local level in the largest state of India, i.e., Rajasthan. As per the Indian Constitutional provision of Article 51A(g), it is my duty to engage in such awareness programs and event.

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Environmentalist of the Year award 2015, Regional Young Conservationist Award 2008
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Environmental Professional cum Social Activist
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Please say hello in SuSanA Edit-a-thon virtual workroom! - 19-21 March to improve Wikipedia for Public Awareness, Advocacy and Civil Society Engagement (WG9)

Dear Members of SuSanA Working Group 9 (Public Awareness, Advocacy and Civil Society Engagement)!

Your expertise is needed!

SuSanA has announced an Edit-a-thon to commemorate World Water Day and to improve WASH-related Wikipedia articles. Educating the public is critical to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal Number 6 (SDG6): "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all".

Therefore, this event is taking place:

What: World Water Day Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
When: 19-20 March 2017
Where: Wherever you and your computer are.
Who: You can contribute solo, or work with a group of friends.
Why you? You are committed to achieving SDG6.
Why now? Achieving water and sanitation for all requires educating and informing all stakeholders. Wikipedia is the 5th most often visited website in the world.

Next steps for you:
  1. Register your interest by replying in this thread and posting “Yes, I’m interested!” to this thread.
  2. Look at the list of suggested articles to work on below, and provide your feedback or comments. Which article would you like to work on?
  3. Have a look at what the other working groups will work on here:
  4. Learn to edit Wikipedia articles by giving it a go (this page can get you started: and by viewing short videos which we will post here next week:
What if I can’t make it on 19-20 March?
No problem. You can edit Wikipedia anytime. Please let us know what you’re working on. This effort is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to SuSanA . The project team wants to know how many SuSanA members contribute to the Edit-a-Thon.

What if I don’t have a reliable internet connection?
As an editor you can help in so many ways. Write new content. Improve existing content. Correct errors. Add images. Add references with links.

What if I have more questions?
Just ask. We want to make it easy for you.

Let’s pull together for SDG6! Please join this Edit-a-thon.

Kind regards,

Carol McCreary and Jack Sim
Co-leads for SuSanA Working Group 9


Wikipedia articles that WG members could work on: World Water Day World Toilet Day Global Handwashing Day Right to water (the title of this article should probably be changed to "Human right to water and sanitation") Human Rights Sanitation WASH Sustainable sanitation Advocacy Civil society campaign Public toilet Taboo Shit - Add something on "contemporary professional use"?

Other article ideas (perhaps lower priority): Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean Indian Campaign) Biogeochemical cycle Failures of water supply and sanitation systems Water supply and women in developing countries Jack Sim Stockholm Water Prize Hygiene Compost - Add something about aerobic composting of the contents of dry toilets.

Possible articles for creation:
  • Catarina de Albuquerque
  • Awareness campaign

... Your ideas?
Carol McCreary
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Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.
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