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Ladies that FOSS

First time I heard about Ladies that FOSS was at FOSDEM 2016. I was helping with Wikimedia Infobooth when i meet Julia and Lucie, 2 of the organizers of the event. After a quick chat with Julia  we realized that both of us were working on the gender gap issues, so she introduced me with Ladies that FOSS project that they were planning to host on October 2016.

This project aimed primarily at women who want to join a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) project but don’t know where to start.

Only 11% of people in FOSS are women or identify as nonbinary, agender or genderfluid.

“Ladies that FOSS” emphatically welcomes people of all gender identities and aims to give women and gender minorities a special platform to develop their skills.

WMDE’s software development department, believe that this number should be higher, and that there are plenty of FOSS projects looking for women coders. There are plenty of women coders who are looking to get involved and code FOSS. Ladies that FOSS wants also to help bring those two together. They match FOSS projects with women interested in FOSS.

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Wikimedia CEE meeting 2015, Estonia

Annual meeting of Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe  this year was held in Estonia.  It was the fourth in a series of such conferences. Wikimedia CEE meeting 2015 was attended by 67 people from almost all countries of the region and representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation.

This year, participants were deployed in houses and rooms in a resort in Voore, a small town near Tartu, away from the temptations of everyday life, which was the intention to increase the focus on the conference itself. The sessions were held in the conference building near the accommodation and the program was divided into two parallel tracks.

During the Wikimedia Conference 2015 meetup, the program was concentrate on following topics:

  1. sharing learning from different (successful and unsuccessful) practices in the region,
  2. practical workshops on Wikidata and on tools,
  3. sharing projects that can be completed with relatively little financial input,
  4. collaborative work on future cross-community collaboration projects (like CEE Spring 2015 was created during CEE meeting 2014.

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