WoMoz Meeting Notes (April 30)



Meeting Agenda and Notes can be found here: https://womoz.etherpad.mozilla.org/30-04-13

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday MAY 15TH AT 16:00 UTC, irc channel #womoz

Project Highlights:

  • Our new logo creation is looking good! Good progress there. Mozilla Creative team is going to help out and give us some design options from which to choose from within the next few weeks
  • Swag will therefore be created and distributed for local WoMoz events, once the logo is done
  • WoMoz committee is now formed. We are still open for one more person, in order to have an uneven number in the committee (for the moment we are 4). In the meantime the committee will start getting organized and start performing its tasks. Some of the things the committee will initially focus on are:
    • Coordinate WoMoz effort around the world, in local communities
    • Driving ideas for increased participation of local WoMoz Reps
    • Work with Recruiting/Engagement teams to grow women’s presence at our events (that aren’t organized by WoMoz) eg: Hack Days
  • Want to join and help out in the WoMoz project? Choose an area here to participate!

WoMoz Meeting Notes (April 17th)



Last meeting Agenda and Notes can be found here: https://womoz.etherpad.mozilla.org/17-04-13

Project Highlights:

Rails Girls Warsaw – how women learn coding across the world



This month Mozilla was happy to help sponsor Rails Girls workshop in Warsaw, Poland. Please read about this great event, written by one of its organizers, Aleksandra Puchta:

“Last weekend, I had the opportunity to participate as one of the organizers in an amazing event – the second edition of Rails Girls Warsaw, which was supported by Mozilla.
Rails Girls is a 2-day event where women of all ages, most of them with no coding experience, are provided with the tools needed to learn Ruby on Rails and to make the tech world more woman-friendly.

This was already the second time that Rails Girls Warsaw was held at Centrum Prasowe Foksal – a wonderful villa right in the centre of Warsaw. Altogether, there were 43 participants, 13 coaches, 10 speakers, and 5 organizers.

The aim of the workshops is to give women the opportunity to learn the basics of Ruby by creating their own application, to get inspired and last but not least, meet great people.
The learning part usually starts with tryruby.org, which serves as an introduction to coding and Ruby in general. After that, the participants start to code their own application. This time, this was a new app (prepared by our coaches and organizers) called ‘The suffragist’ that allows votes to be cast for different cities.

In addition to the coding exercises, lightning talks were presented by people already into IT and/or programming, with the intention of inspiring girls to develop further in this area.
There were a lot of very interesting talks. Just to mention a few – we heard a great talk by Magda Malinowska, who learned to code by herself about a year ago and is now working as a programmer. Staś Małolepszy from Mozilla told us a story about his cousins, aged 11 and 7, who made their own video game. And Ola Sitarska, after jokingly discouraging us from starting to code, admitted that it’s one of the greatest things you can learn.

The talks were a great opportunity not only to get inspired, but also to meet new people. And they weren’t the only such element. After the first day, we held a middle party in a club and there were a few breaks for getting to know each other during the workshops. There was even a break for some pilates training, which was a great way to relax our bodies and have even more fun.
This edition was slightly bigger than the first and we’ve changed the programme, but the energy was just the same as before. I really hope to have the chance to participate in a number of such events and also hope the initiative will turn into a long-term, continuous learning opportunity.”

Thanks Aleksandra for sharing this inspiring event with us. Continue on your great path of teaching more women how to code! 🙂
(all pictures by A. Radzińska)

FOSS Women in Macedonia (or how to get more women in your community!)



Text by Jovanka Gulicoska

For me it all started when I first went to Skopje Hacklab ‘KIKA’. Before that I was just a user. That was almost 3 years ago. The guys there were (and still are) really nice. 🙂 It was strange for them that a girl went there, but still… Now things have changed, and it’s strange not to see at least one girl in the hacklab. 🙂

Then the Gnome Women Outreach Program was announced and 2 more girls came to the hacklab. After a successful story in GWOP and GSOC, me and Tamara Atanasoska started promoting what we have done, what other girls can do for the community, for themselves and trying to involve more girls. Guys from the hacklab helped a lot. So now we are 6 girls in the hacklab in year and a half, no matter if they got accepted in some program or not, everyone of them is still working on the project or got involved in new one. There are also 3-4 more girls that come to the hacklab once in a while. Now we also have a lot of help from Ana Risteska, she was also an intern.

In the hacklab we have regular program very week, on Monday (GNU/Linux first aid), Thursday (Programming Languages) and on Saturday (Sharing of knowledge), but you can find someone there during all week. During this events we are inviting some of our friends to come and see how things work there.

Forgot to mention that me and Tamara are also part of Free Software Macedonia. We were the first girls members in 10 years of existence. So we are making a change. 🙂
This year Free Software Macedonia and one university for computer science organized kind of a course, once a week, about Free Software and Open Source. It was nice to see around 10 girls in 30 people interested in the lectures. We are continuing the lectures in few weeks and we are hoping that there will be more people that share our interests.

There are few girls in hacklabs in Balkan and this is an issue. As we organize events together (called NSND or Nothing Will Happen) with hacklabs from Serbia, Croatia, Albania and Kosovo, everyone asks us how did we manage to stay in the hacklab and how can they manage to get girls to also be part of theirs community, since they have none, or 1 or 2 girls. And usually the girls are invited to some of the local communities to present to other girls that if they really want to get involve they can make it.

But in the end… It just takes one girl to get involve and get new girls in the community, that’s what happened here. 🙂
We are hoping that next year, the number of girls in the hacklab will be almost the same as the number of guys. 🙂

Here is my twitter: https://twitter.com/gulic_

Happy Women’s Day



As you all know on march 8th we celebrate the International women’s day.
International Women’s Day is celebrates the world over. It celebrates womanhood and pays tribute to the indomitable spirit of women across the globe. International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day.

Happy women's day

Happy women's day

It’s a perfect day to remind everybody that women are able to do computer sciences, to code, to be technical, like men! So it’s a perfect day for WoMoz to claim we love FLOSS like men do.

‘Womoz’ is the one of the community who is mainly dedicated to improving women’s visibility and involvement in Free/Open Source and Mozilla, and to increase the number of women contributors.
In order to increase the number of women working, involving, and Contributing in technical trades,
the Mozilla org. and Mozilla women’s group “WoMoz” have developed a strategy to improve parity.
This strategy does not target only women in technical fields. However, given their low representation in this area, its relevance will be largely dependent on the success it has in this sector.

“I believe in myself, I am a strong woman! I will reach my goals, NOTHING & NOBODY will hold me down again, this is MY time to shine!”

And finally,
Men, I know what you’re thinking. Why do women get to have all the fun? When is our special day?
Well, don’t despair; you’ll just have to wait for 19 November for International Men’s Day

Feel special, unique, on top of the world..its our day!! Happy Women’s Day girls

Komal Gandhi
Mozilla Representative