My name is Atenas da Costa, I am 18 years old and I come from General Rodriguez, a town in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I study Software Engineering in Moron University and this is my first year, so I’m enjoying it a lot because I’m learning new things all the time.
I joined Mozilla thanks to my boyfriend Santiago “nuno” Hollmann, who taught and explained to me all about Mozilla Foundation and their mission. And now, one year later, I’m a member of the Argentina Mozilla Community: spreading the word, giving talks and doing marketing campaigns about Mozilla.
Besides that, I am also a Mozilla Student Reps in my university where I am planning a big event and install fest for September 18th, and where we are also planning work together with the different Graphic Design, Marketing and English Translation students.
My biggest goal for this year is to create a Womoz Argentina, in order to integrate more and more women in the community, as it would be ideal have as many women as men.I think there are few women in the communities of the world (not only in Argentina) because they probably think that men are more associated with computers or they do not know what is Mozilla and what Mozilla does, or because they are not invited. One important step to incite many more women is letting them know that Mozilla communities aren’t just for “men”, and telling to all the women that they are very important for the project.
In order to integrate more women, we should present Womoz in all the events that we can and probably we should help feel identified with the project. Obviously, we should work on spreading the word that all the events about free software are open to women too, as well as making social campaigns on facebook, twitter, etc. All these things make me feel that we need Womoz Argentina, doing everything possible to integrate more and more women.
It is really difficult to feel yourself out of Mozilla when you always have this kind of integration and activities in order to make the Web – and of course life – more equal for all.