Happy International Women's Day from the WoMoz Team!

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(Written by Claire Corgnou, translation Delphine Lebédel)

In case you still haven’t noticed, today is Women’s Day. And most important of all, it’s the 100th edition of International Women’s Day.

So on this special day – necessary in order to remind everyone of the existence of persecuted women around the world – I would first like to have a thought for all the oppressed, beaten and stoned to death women, who are considered as inferior, who have few or no rights. All these women who suffer, still too numerous, but who stand tall. Those of them who dare to rebel, who fight for their dignity. We must not forget them. Today even more, we must remember them.

In this day, I feel even more lucky than ever to be where I am, in this community. The Mozilla community has welcomed me, let me express my ideas (amongst which, my feminist ideas), encouraged me to get involved with WoMoz (see my last post)… I am a happy woman.

A happy geek’s girlfriend: the proof with this picture!

A happy woman, but who will not be caught off-guard. Today, this Women’s Day is also special because of its theme: “Equal access to education, training, science and technology: towards decent work conditions for women”. And this is exactly what WoMoz is fighting for! We try to end existing prejudices. Why would a woman not be capable enough to work in computing and to have technical skills?! The problem today is that women – even before knowing if they’d like to integrate this world – are oriented towards different fields, considered as more “feminine”. They don’t truly have a choice. From the outside, it may seem that they have the choice, but in reality it’s a whole other story. In my case, I don’t work in Open Source (I’m a journalist) and I don’t regret having chosen this job. However, I have never been taught computing during my scholarship, nor do I remember anyone talking to me about FLOSS. Computer science and new technologies seem reserved for boys.

And it’s still the case! When you are a woman, you really need to have a lot of guts to enter these kinds of fields. Of course, this assessment concerns also other domains… Women are frequently the victims of prejudice, and still too often other people decide for them… But WoMoz wants to be there to support them, to accompany them in their choices. And WoMoz is not only composed of women: there are also open-minded men in the group.

This post is certainly full of indignation, but also full of hope: because the WoMoz project exists (amongst others of course), and because I know that women are courageous. They are courageous and will continue to fight for their rights, 100 years after the first International Women’s Day.

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womoz x dresshead two piece long sleeved fashion crocheted lace dress

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womoz x dresshead two piece long sleeved fashion crocheted lace dress – acorn print/rolled sleeves
With its feminine style, this beautiful womoz x http://www.dresshead.com/c/lace-dresses/ two piece long sleeved fashion crocheted lace dress from traffic people is crafted from a lightweight blend of silk and cotton, and the inside is lined with jersey to ensure that you can wear it comfortably all day. Fixed, rolled sleeves and a universally flattering v shaped neckline complete the design. Slovak to English The eye-catching acorn print makes this dress the perfect choice for a breezy fall day, and as an added bonus, its clever design features concealed front pockets. This dress should be dry-cleaned only.

The details of this womoz x dresshead two piece long sleeved fashion crocheted lace dress are:
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Jersey lining

Back from Senegal

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On Saturday 30th, we (William, Mounir, Anthony, Vivien, over a thousand of Mozilla fans in Dakar, and I) officially gave birth to Mozilla Senegal, and I did a presentation of WoMoz in Dakar. There were girls, but also men, and we discussed together about what could be done in Africa, and more particularly in Senegal.

the WoMoz presentation

We agreed that women suffer from misconceptions and discriminations all over the world and that Internet could be a way to help them improving their situations. FLOSS is even better because they have the choice and they can benefit from a great community, they can ask to WoMoz to help them to be more self-confident or to help them in their projects.

In Senegal there are more girls in computer science schools than in Europe: for instance, we did presentations in a school named ESTM where girls represent 40% of the students! There, I’ve met a girl named Yanice: she is a member of the ESTM’s scientific club, and she LOVES Mozilla Firefox! She told me that in Africa, women are considered as equal to men. Mostly, women are even seen as Africa’s driving force and their skills are very respected. Arabi ahmad pasa . So there is no job considered as reserved for men only. If a woman decides to be a computer scientist she’ll earn the same salary! It’s not the same in Europe…

with Yacine

BUT. People often have problems to get access to computers. And when a family is poor, they prefer to keep women at home in order to run the everyday life. So the boys are the ones who are sent to school when women stay at home. Reasons are quite different than in Europe, but the result is the same: women have difficulties to access to FLOSS.

That’s why some people during my presentation have suggested to give lessons in primary schools (when girls are still quite numerous), but also to speak to families in order to demonstrate what FLOSS could bring them, and that belongs to the future. Furthermore, I’ve met a man who works for the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) who told me they have found an easy way to help women to find some time to go to school: for instance, they bring them water so they don’t have to spend time going to the well.

Of course, that was just a first step, a first conversation. But what is important is that now, we have a community in Senegal. The WoMoz family becomes bigger and bigger: we have now more opportunities to share our experiences and to help ourselves.

People I’ve met in Senegal were simply extraordinary, very talented, and I feel very lucky to know they now belong to Mozilla community. So, welcome girls and boys! I hope we’ll see you soon on this blog !

Claire.

[Part 1] MozCamp Europe: Women & Mozilla Slides

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MozCamp 2011 - Berlin

(Picture by Giovanni, some rights reserved)

Here is the 1st part of a series of posts concerning my participation at MozCamp Europe (Berlin) last weekend, and in which I will also share feedback concerning the WoMoz talk we gave there with Clarista.

So to start out, here are the slides from the WoMoz presentation. They can be consulted and are available for download on my SlideShare:

An .odp version is also available for download here (CC-by-sa).

The audio part should be coming soon, and we’ll make sure to post that as well once it’s possible. Stay tuned for the next series of posts about MozCamp Europe!

PyStar Paris

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Thanks to Lukas’ great initiative, we’re organizing the first PyStar Paris event ever! The event will take place on June 22nd in the Mozilla Paris office, from 19:00-22:00 CET (though we can stay to network and talk until 23:00 CET)

This is a wonderful occasion to teach women how to program in Python, and will lead to many more future meet-ups. Whether you are beginner or more experienced in Python programming, come and join us for an evening of fun and learning!

Here is some more info about the event:

The PyStar program is a workshop designed to teach all women (including trans women) and their friends who are looking to learn how to program in a friendly non-alpha-geek environment. The material is aimed at learners who have never programmed before though there is also material for those with some programming experience in other languages who are interested in learning a new language. This free event relies on volunteer teachers so we’re looking for people who already know Python, and have an interest in teaching to come guide the attendees as they work on small scripts that teach the power of this very accessible language.

So if you’re in the area and wish to participate, you can sign up here. Feel free to tell your Parisian friends about the event!

We’re also looking for volunteers to teach Python during this workshop (both women and men). If you’re interested, you can sign up on the same page. If you know anyone around you who’d be interested, again feel free to spread the word.

See you all there!

(on a side note, I’ll be participating as well. Can’t wait to learn new things! 🙂 )