[Project Update] Webmakers for Disabled People – Special Program

mermi

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Here are the news from the special training program initiated by Tunisian Womoz Manel aiming at teaching Web technologies to disabled people. Using Webmakers tools to initiate to basic Web technologies, a contest was scheduled to conclude the event, between the two medical centers where sessions were organized.

Since it was difficult to agree on a dedicated date and time, we have decided to have two separate session days. Every session will be a little workshop (4 to 5 participants) for medical center members and a friendly contest between participants.

Anyway, we had to cope with special care due to the health conditions of the participants, and we had to adjust according to them and with the medical center administration in order to organize every encounter in the best possible conditions.

Especially, among 4 participants of the first center who followed the 2 month session, only 2 remained, 2 had unfortunately health problems, so the special day by the end of January was postponed.

But here are the good news. The number of participants has increased since this period. The group is now of 10 learners, aged from 15 to 29. We will have to reshape the program so that everyone can be on the same level.
All are eager to learn and enthusiastic, we shall try and adapt the sessions and give the best possible example with Webmakers. The final day will probably be the same as the final term celebration at the center.

For the second center a workshop is scheduled by the end of March. Discussions have been more complicated with the staff but we keep in contact and do our best to organize as many workshops as possible.

Clarista, WoMoz Rep of the Month

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Text originally from Reps Portal: https://reps.mozilla.org/featured/#featured-articles

Paris-based journalist by day, hardcore Mozillian by night (and on weekends!): Claire, aka Clarista, has been doing phenomenal work for Mozilla since 2009. Claire is probably best known for Bonjour Mozilla, the website she updates daily to showcase Mozillians from all over the world. But BM is only one of her many activities for Mozilla. From localization, to marketing, to WoMoz, to event organization to FOSS activism, Claire has been helping push the Mozilla project forward in a variety of ways across dozens of countries in Europe and Africa. More recently, Claire went above and beyond to help organize Mozilla’s Paris Firefox OS App Day and our participation at FOSDEM! In light of this Rep awesomeness, the Mozilla Reps Council is thrilled to name her Rep of the Month for January 2013.

Congrats to our WoMoz Reps!

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WoMoz Meeting Notes (Feb. 13, 2013)

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Please find below the major highlights from our last WoMoz meeting and discover what we are working on right now. This meeting took place on Feb. 13, 2013

(Interested in joining? We meet every other Wednesday, at 16:00 UTC on IRC channel #womoz)

  • Creating a Mission Statement for WoMoz. This is part of our larger goal of clearly expressing the essence of WoMoz: who we are, what our community does, and who our audience is
  • We have started defining program owners and precise roles within WoMoz
  • Working on our new logo: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=831621
  • Continuing the wiki cleanup
  • Started working on our main Q1 goals
  • Congrats to Clarista, WoMoz Reps of the month!
  • … and more! Stay tuned!

WoMoz January Update

Delphine

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Happy New Year to all!
Our first 2013 WoMoz meeting took place today (PST) and it was a very constructive meeting.

Let’s highlight especially:

  • 2 new members have joined us: Hema from India and Asma from Tunisia. They both have awesome projects in mind and are eager to participate more in Mozilla and WoMoz. Again, a warm welcome to them 🙂
  • The new logo is under construction! Many ideas have emerged during this meeting and we’ve decided to follow a certain direction… Hives, bees, honey… but let’s say no more. Read our meeting notes if you’re interested!
  • WoMoz local leaders are more and more numerous…. and the ones who aren’t Mozilla Reps yet are either applying or going to apply! This is really great news 🙂 Congrats to all!
  • Local projects are still taking place across the world
  • and more!

If you’d like to know more in detail, feel free to come and read our Meeting Notes (list of all our meeting notes here).

And don’t hesitate to participate in our next WoMoz IRC meeting on Jan. 30, 2013 (irc channel #womoz, at 16:00 UTC). You can also join our Mailing List, and follow us on Twitter!

WoMoz in Tunisia

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(Translation by Tom Leaman of the French version of this post)

Delphine and I had the chance to go in Tunisia for 3 days, in january. It was marvellous! We gave a talk about WoMoz… Noitucagimu . Here is my report which have been translated from French by Tom Leaman (thanks!).

This conference was, originally, the main reason for me being in Tunisia. I spent nearly 6 months exchanging e-mails with Melek Jebnoun and I discovered a fantastic girl who really loves WoMoz.

At Mozcamp Berlin, in November, Delphine and I met Sofien in the flesh which allowed us to arrange our place and the WoMoz conference. And here we are, this Friday the 20th of January 2012, Melek, Marwa, Sahar… and many other computer science students.

Before starting our presentation, we realised with Delphine that it was quite inapropriate for Tunisia. Indeed, part of our conference consists of pointing out the lack of women in computer science schools. But if this is true in France, it’s not the case in Tunisia: we had as many women in front of us as men… We therefore decided to only talk for 15 minutes and devote the rest of our time to discussion with the people there. To understand this difference and to see what WoMoz can give to others.

Despite this difference, the under-lying humour at the conference, the denounced stereotypes, have been apreciated. We felt that these stereotypes had no boundaries, even if they manifest themselves differently. In Tunisia, it’s clear that women are well accepted in computer education. And even beyond, since the students told us that once they have their diploma in their pockets, they will find the same kind of work as men, and with equal pay! Again, this is not the case in France…

BUT. Trolls also exist in Tunisia, and we were fortunate to have one. A brave boy spoke certain thoughts out loud where others might whisper. Speaking of differences between men and women, and questioning the necessity to make things happen.

Students in the room explained to us that the reason for their number was because the computer schools are seen as being reserved for the elite in Tunisia: if you are good in class, you go… Hence this male/female parity: all the good people in class go to study computer science, without distinction of sex. But what the Troll said was that he still found a difference: men are more passionate about free software than women. In schools, he said, there are more men who run Linux than women. The students agreed with this observation. However, they did not agree that it was simply because they were women, as this boy did.

The difference in passion wrt free software could come, after reflection, from unequal access to computers before girls get to computer schools. Maybe they are good in class, but not as familiar, like their brother for example, with using computers, development etc. And then there is social pressure: if women can integrate into computer schools, work… they are women who must also look after the house, take care of the children etc. Of course, the girls we met had character and, in this case, passionate about free software. But not all women have the courage to break the prejudices, or families (or boyfriend ;-)) that they support… And then computers will not be their way to earn a living.

What matters though, is exactly that passion shown by Malek, Sahar, Marwa and the others: because it is contagious! And it proves that it is not reserved for the men! Our new WoMoz members agreed that they would work on it: to transmit their love of free software to their friends, other students etc. Now, Delphine, myself and the other members of WoMoz will be there to support them!

I love you girls! You rock!

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