11th Oct 2015: International Day Of the Girl Child



The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030

International Day of the Girl Child (#DayoftheGirl) is celebrated annually on October 11 to highlight issues concerning the gender inequality facing young girls. This year’s theme was “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.”

There are nearly 600 million girls aged 10 to 19 in the world today, each with limitless individual potential, however they are disappearing from public awareness and the international development agenda. Between inequities in secondary education to protection issues, adolescent girls are uniquely impacted and should benefit from targeted investments and programmes that address their distinct needs. Investing in adolescent girls can have a formidable ripple effect to create a better world by 2030. It’s in our hands to empower adolescent girls with the knowledge, skills and options they need to reach their potential.

On 11th of October 2015, we the WoMoz of Uttar Pradesh celebrated International Day of the Girl, a day when the world comes together to address the challenges that girls and young women face everyday. So we decided to make this day count. This was not a planned event, it was like a day before I just got an idea to do something on this day. I immedaitely picked up my cell and dropped a msg to the WoMoz of Uttar Pradesh. Since, this was a last minute plan so I expected the least number of participation but 4/7 WoMozUP agreed to join me for the cause. I immediately assigned the task to be done. Sneh, one of the active WoMoz of our community took the task to speak to an Ngo/orphanage/shelter home of adolescent girls and made sure that it is done. Jyotsna started designing the cover pic for the #dayofthegirl. Everyone was excited and was fully involved in doing their respective tasks. I started working on the agenda and the planning of what to do the next day. While working on the agenda suddenly somthing flashed across my mind and it was the thought by Nelson Mandella, “It is through Education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor.”


The best way to empower a girl is through education! “Education is Lifesaving.” If you want to change the world, invest in an adolescent girl. An adolescent girl stands at the doorway of adulthood. If she stays in school, remains healthy, and gains real skills, she will marry later, have healthier children and earn an income she will invest back into her family.

Some facts:

• Girls are 6x times less likely to get married as children if they have access to secondary schooling.
• In India, only 1 in 100 girls reaches class 12
• If India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school, its GDP would rise by $5.5 billion

We decided to educate them, motivate them, empower them and help them in developing the right set of skills they need. We were all set for the day. This was another #WoMozUP initiative to celebrate the International day of the girl child. We reached the shelter home by 4 and started to interact with the girls since they were feeling timid. We made the girls comfortable by talking to them in person and then later asked them to sit in a semi-circle. I started the session by asking them what is so special about the event? As expected the answer was, “Sunday”. The girls didn’t know what was so special about the day. I started the session by telling them what is so special about the day, why are we here and what we want from the girls to do after we leave. After a short intro about the day, I began to talk about the Women leaders who are changing the world and helping shape the future of girls. I could see the the exhilaration in the eyes of the adoloscent girls as I was sharing the motivational stories. They all were content to listen to the stories of the young women leaders and we could see that they aspire to be like them. Now it was time for the girls to tell about themselves and what they wish to become. They started opening up by telling us their name and shared their abmbition with us. I was amazed to listen that more than 50% of the girls want to be a Doctor or Engineer. After knowing their ambition and desire I shared the importance of education is our life and how it is lifesaving. I told them how power of education helps us in fighting with every difficulty and challenges.


Subsequent to the knowledge, I asked them to draw something based on this year’s theme, “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.” Sejal, helped the girls in the drawing activity. Jyotsna was the photographer for the day. The incredible pics which we see is clicked by Jyotsna. Sneh very well managed the logistics and made it possible for us to do this session.

Special thanks to the WoMoz of Uttar Pradesh for showing up at the last minute and made this event successful. It would have been impossible without the help of the awesome Women of Mozilla Uttar Pradesh.


WoMoz India- Women in Tech, Community Development !

Srushtika Neelakantam


It was just another day, when I saw this blog post inviting women in Mozilla for a community development programme at Hyderabad, India. I was a little reluctant at first as I had never attended an  event in another city or travelled alone ! But, by the end of the day, there was Jafar and Abhiram, who pinged me, encouraging me to attend the event. I got inspired and excited and went ahead and registered, though I had no hopes of getting selected 😉

After a few days I actually got a selection mail and I don’t even remember how I convinced my parents to allow me to go, but they did, considering the learning curve/exposure associated with the event. I was literally on cloud 9 for the remaining week, and as I had exams just before my departure for the event, I did screw up a few of them 😉

Finally the day came, 4th of September. I took an early flight to Hyderabad and joined 5 other WoMoz who had already reached, Shivika, Suchita, Krithika, Vnisha, Jyotsana !! Everyone was so excited to start off and curious to see what’s in store.


We reached Collab House, what an awe-inspiring place !! You just enter there and you have so many ideas already in mind. Soon after, we started off with the first round of discussions.

Day 1

Vineel anna (as he’s popularly called) (“anna” is a term used in South India to refer big brother), started off with introducing Mozilla, its mission, WoMoz and everything else. He clearly specified how awesome our coming three days were gonna be. Akshay, Santosh also spoke about the purpose of this community development workshop and how we were the few lucky ones to get an opportunity to attend this exhilarating event. The rest of the day was spent in some exalting discussions, prudent debates and commoving activities. In just a single day, we already had learnt so many new things and got involved many new activities.

While not forgetting to document every single sentence that was spoken (Etherpad 😉 to the rescue ), we also indulged in exploring other cool projects that were part of Collab House ! One which caught my attention was the  3D printer which they owned and operated. I could scrutinize its working and the technology involved. Mr. Sandeep, who was part of 3Ding, popular 3D printing service, was sweet enough to print a custom keychain for me :)

Day 2
More energetic than ever, we started off early. The second day had an added guest speaker, Diwanshi, Mozilla Rep from Pune Community. She is really sweet and always ready to extend a helping hand in whichever way she can ! She followed up on what was covered on day 1 and then we spent most of the time discussing what changes need to be brought out in a woman living in today’s mostly male-chauvinist world.
The next day was to be the main event for other girls from the local Hyderabad colleges, so we quickly started distributing various topics which needed to be covered through the event. Me and Shivika zeroed on Imposter Syndrome as we both strongly felt a need for the community to know, such a thing exists and many of them were secretly a victim of it, we wanted to spread awareness about it, basically. Ideas, strategies, presentations, one of the rare times where Prezi served a really good purpose, not being a critic, though !

All the hard work paid well with Vineel anna’s treat at a nearby Starbucks 😀

We could finally make up a decent presentation for our topic. Our presentation can be found here: http://prezi.com/5ku6_hi-lmn7/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share
Oh and BTW, on the second day we had a special guest from Bangalore, Moz Santa as he’s popularly called, Galaxy sir 😀

Day 3

The D-Day !! We reached the venue on time. Thoughtworks’ office is really a pleasant and beautiful workspace ! We were welcomed by many women participants who had come from the nearby colleges. Vineel anna gave the initial keynote and handed over the rest to us ! We being newbies, a tad bit nervous started off anyways !


Each one of us did our presentations and everything went on very well ! The various activities we had planned for, were a huge success among the masses 😀 Kritika and Santosh’s session which involved hands-on work continued till evening !


Shivika and I were told that we rocked our presentation. Not sure, how true it is 😉 😛


Imposter Syndrome was something each girl there seems glad to know !21992833806_8af7df98bd_z21832626489_799ce98cdc_o

The “MacBuddies” picture 😀

And before I knew, I was reminded of me being late for my flight way back !

Selfies, Pictures, Hugs, Dramas


Vnisha’s “mat jao na please moment” ..(Translation: Please don’t leave us and go ! ).

I’ll miss each one of them. It was a huge opportunity for learning and it allowed me to get to know Mozilla and especially WoMoz much much better !

Not to forget, Suchita’s “one more picture without specs” moment !!


Laughters, friendship, learning !! Thank you Vineel anna and Santosh anna for inviting me !

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Thank you Flore, for letting share this awesome event here on this blog 😀


Shivika Sahni


My journey with Mozilla is not a very old one. But in this brief partnership of 4 odd months I feel like I have learnt so much that it can fill an entire library. So here I am sharing a milestone event, what many might call a game changer. It was the golden  opportunity to be a Speaker in Dayanand Sagar Institution,Bangalore on 30th March.

“Behind every successful man there is a woman” goes the saying of yore, but in my case it turned out to be quite the opposite and the person I owe my success to is Shreyas, my co-speaker. He coaxed me to come out of my shy and reserved cocoon and go out of my comfort zone into the foray of public speaking. So, after lots of convincing, I packed my bags and traveled  all the way to Bangalore to attend this event. At 2 in the afternoon, sheltered in the comfortable IBM labs away from the blistering summer sun, Shreyas actuated the event with a very interesting activity named “The Spectrogram“.

The game started with this question: “Are women  good managers or not?” As per the rules, the students had to split themselves into three groups: yes, no and maybe.This game paved the way for a healthy discussion on WoMoz, as we like to call us Women in Mozilla. Everyone teamed up and started putting forth their views and opinions. It was  really refreshing to see such an enthusiastic and opinionated crowd.

After this ice breaker in the form of a game, Shreyas gave everybody an introduction to Mozilla, our mission, the open source projects and how to contribute to Mozilla. He also talked about the Mozilla web maker tools(popcorn maker,x-ray goggles,thimble,app maker) and also gave a demo of the  popcorn maker and the Webmaker App. He then asked the students to design their own video. This served the dual purpose of cementing the use of popcorn maker in their minds as well as opening them up for an interactive session rather than a boring presentation. To add spice to the event we came up with the most talked about, the passion and religion of every Indian, the one and only ICC cricket world cup.

I have no qualms in admitting that I suggested the topic purely because I am also one of the gazillion ardent devotees of cricket in India. More so, I was also intrigued to know what was their take on it as they had already proved themselves to be quite the intelligent batch. All the students started working on it with all guns blazing, we also made an announcement that the winner would get the Mozilla swags.

After an hour or so, the new session started, where I was to take the lead. I started the session with a very rudimentary question “ why don’t women contribute to Open source” , “ why don’t they come forward?” I asked every single girl sitting in the room what is the reason behind less participation? (Why) do they feel inferior when it comes to technology and coding? The answers that I received were not very far from what I had expected. phrases such as  “they believe they are not good when it comes to coding” , “women are usually stereotyped in non technology roles”, “women are not cut out for technology” etc etc. The question that followed in natural progression was How to get more women into tech ?

I addressed them more as a peer and tried to break the mental block that women had or what was drilled in their heads by the bias of our patriarchal society. Something that said “women cannot be in technology”. But, the legitimate truth is  Anyone can do it , especially women themselves  😉  and we’ll allow them to get bolder and getting greater appreciation for what they do !! I also spoke about IRC, bugzilla  and mailing lists to get in touch with the Mozillians and WoMoz. I had a discussion with the girls ,talked about their problems in participating and tried solving their issues. Then we distributed the goodies to the winners of popcorn maker. The students were pretty awesome when they have come up with their videos.

I’m still walking the path to achieve the dream I’m chasing after.Don’t know if I can succeed and achieve the ultimate goal of empowering every single mother, daughter and female friends through techs and FOSS . I dare to dream , I dare to dream a country where a girl will prefer to be techie or web maker rather than being a house-hold worker. I know it’s a long way to go but not impossible though.


Womaniya – Empowering more WOMEN in Tech(expanding woMoz)

Tanha Islam


From Ada Lovelace , women have played an important part in driving technology forward…..

I was lucky enough to get the invitation for Womaniya from the woMoz organizer Komal Ji Gandhi from India which took place this 8-9th March in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
On 6th January early in the morning I started for Delhi from Dhaka,Bangladesh and got connected with Bhopal flight. The organizer herself came to the airport to receive me warmly with a local volunteer, Vaibhab Bajaj. We went to our desired hotel and as I was tired so that day was an ‘Off’ for me to take rest. The next day early in the morning both of them came to pick me up to the volunteers stay place. Keeping my luggages we went to many places like meeting with the police AIG for confirming agenda and speakers, picking up womaniya teeshirts etc.
In the evening , I was just surfing around after taking some rest in the garden of the hotel while other mozillians Umesh Agarwal and Jafar Muhammad joined me in the hotel. Soumya Deb joined us later at night and Sumantro mukharjee joined us the next day during we were having our breakfast at hotel.

Day 1 starts:


Womaniya welcomes us :)

As it was the first day of the event and all of our guests were supposed to come there on time we rushed there just after we had our breakfast to just check everything was perfect.
The event started sharp at 10.30. All the chief guests gave their valuable speech about women in the society, their safety, womens’ day celebration etc.


We, MOZILLIANS started our main event after the lunch. Me and Komal gave brief idea about what woMoz and womaniya is and how it is related to each other. To make the brief talk more interactive we both asked each other about the reason why we are womoz and what inspired us to be a mozillian or contribute to Mozilla as a women.


Later, Faisal sir explained what mozilla is and how it works.



The crowd!




Day 2 starts:
The next day we volunteers woke up early just to be before time to make sure that everything is going to be perfect. At 10.30 people started coming. We were amused to see that at least 70% people from the previous day joined us. “Passionate” – I MUST SAY!
Once they started taking place, we started with our first session(s). People were divided into small groups. FSA, APP DEV and Webmaker. Me, along with Umesh took the responsibility of FSA team.



Deb was incharge of App Dev and Sumantro, along with me again in Webmaker. Komal helped all the volunteers during the sessions.
Faisal sir took an awesome session on l10n. Later on stage Deb showed app development.


Following him, Faisal sir took Mozquiz. We also helped him with making questions on the spot! People were called on the stage and were given away cool swags by Pawan sir.



Before wrapping up the event I ended up with my session. I explained what woMoz is, why we need more woMoz, the mission of Mozilla, how and who can contribute with us, how to get over from the restrictions, how to shine in life in tech as women etc. People seemed much energetic till the event ended. They were responsive during my session as well. After wrapping up with the event some girls seemed interested to join the winning team of woMoz and were very much impressed with my session.



People taking swags, closing the event. They loved ’em



A MUST group photo!

To be honest I am now missing Bhopal because every part of the city I visited during the event and free time, has given me such pleasure of travelling.

Slides I used to speak out through my session .

Day 1 pictures

Day 2 pictures

I recently got one make from webmaker about the event which is made by a local volunteer, chandan . I loved this make!

Covers by newspapers about the event:

1. http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhopal/2-day-seminar-on-empowerment-of-women-organised.html

2. https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/48032_684460238279550_1175593534_n.jpg

3. http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhopal/police-to-hold-seminar-on-woman-empowerment.html

Online coverage by radio:


Geek Girls Hangout @Dhaka, Bangladesh

Tanha Islam


We the WoMoz are mainly dedicated to improving women’s visibility and involvement in Free/Open Source and Mozilla, and to increase the number of women contributors. So we the Bangladeshi WoMoz along with the help of MozBD had a small informal meet up planning about the future events of WoMoz.

Event was conducted by me(Tanha Islam), Laila Mustari. We were 6 in numbers. We had girls from 2 different institute. We talked about how to get more women from different aspects. We had 2 newbie with us who were Tahmima Chowdhury Nawrin and her classmate. We had a s.w.o.t analysis of our past activities and planned about future events, how to make them successful ! Our short meet up for 2 hours was successful!



Points we discussed:
-Firefox club (what to & how to)
-Future events(types)
-Hangouts to brainstorm awesome ideas to get more women in tech & Mozilla
-Firefox OS(we had hands on experience as well 😉 )


At last we had a group photo! :)

Event on REPS portal : https://reps.mozilla.org/e/geek-girls-hangout-dhk/
On FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/220634014791011/
Hashtag was : #gghangoutdhk , #MozBDEventIdea
WoMoz BD on fb: Group , Page
FLICKR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/phizkdayvil/sets/72157640225012084/