Womaniya in India

Lourdes Castillo


Womaniya is the event of ‘Mozilla Community Bhopal’, It is Specially for Women Developers to promote ‘WoMoz’ program in India.

This is the first ever WoMoz event for launching, introducing and creating awareness about the program within the Bhopal community as well as we will identify the challenges facing women in technology and ways to solve and increase the number of Women in technology and open source.

The growing access of the web in the late 21th century, has allowed women to empower themselves by using various tools on the Internet. With the introduction of the World Wide Web, women have begun to use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to start online activism. Through online activism, women are able to empower themselves by organizing campaigns and voicing their opinions for equality rights without feeling oppressed by members of society.
Womaniya has been the first ever WoMoz event for launching, introducing and creating awareness about the program within the Bhopal community as well as we will identify the challenges facing women in technology and ways to solve and increase the number of Women in technology and open source.

WoMoz: Women + Mozilla: Mozilla is a global community of technologists, thinkers and builders working together to keep the Internet alive and accessible.

WoMoz is a community composed of members from different Open Source projects. We are mainly dedicated to improving women’s visibility and involvement in Free/Open Source and Mozilla, and to increase the number of women contributors in technology.

The seminar aimed to provide technical knowledge for woman empowerment and the whole program would help in developing a better understanding regarding the tools and technology used nowadays.

Womaniya is basically 2 day event Organized by Mozilla Community Bhopal on International Women’s Day 8th and 9th March 2014 in BHEL Auditorium Bhopal.

This event is getting associated with the Madhya Pradesh Police. Read here (http://komalgandhi-4evevr.blogspot.in/2014/02/womaniya.html)

On 8th March Womaniya started at 10:00 am, the first half dedicated to the Bhopal police department. They have covered Demo on Self Defense, Presentation on Cybercrime, Mahila Help line.

Additional Director General of Police Pawan Jain informed that the knowledge was the primary tool of empowerment and in the current scenario technical knowledge had become important for everyone.

Mozilla’s technical sessions were started from Second half.
We have covered “Introduction to Mozilla and its Products”, “Introduction to WoMoz and Womaniya ”,“ LightBeam ”,“ Quiz and Fun Activities”.

All students enjoyed and even they raised their hands and ask their questions and queries related to mission of Mozilla, and browser tracking – light-beam.

Well, after having an awesome time on the first day we were prepared to make it more awesome for the second day.

On the second day we started 3 simultaneous sessions in the auditorium.
Webmaker Session by Sumantro Rijandal mukhargee

Dev Tools by Soumya Deb

Firefox Student Ambassador by Umesh Agarwal. Then, Faisal Aziz started their session on Localization after that Jafar Muhammed took his session on HTML5, HTML5 crimes and RWD – Responsive Web Designing, Komal was facilitator there.

Continuing with more session on App development and other activities we moved on to quiz and Fun activities.

How we measure success of Womaniya?? (Via metrics)

Metric 1: – Women Developer

Success scenario: – 1 We will get at least 450 + women developers

Result: – 50% completed

Metric 2: -Promote WoMoz

Success scenario: – We promote the WoMoz program

Result: – 100% completed (We were having 4 WoMoz sessions on different topics)

Metric 3: – Creativity

Success scenario: – 100% Women Creativity for Mozilla

Result: – 80% completed

Metric 4: – Fun

Success scenario: – 100%

Result: – 101% completed 😉

Metric 5:- Developing

Success scenario: – Focused development event, we will develop Firefox OS apps, Thimble Templates, and Add-ons.

Result: – 75% completed (we were having these all development sessions, but due to some connection problem we could not develop any app.)

Metric 6: – Teach – Learn – Hack

Success scenario: – Teach hacking tips and lots of knowledge. And learn creative things.

Result: – 100% completed (attendee feedback says they learnt lots of new things)

Metric 7: – Awareness

Success scenario: – 100% – about Open source and Mozilla

Result: – 100% completed (we had a great session on the introduction of Mozilla and about open source by Faisal Aziz sir)

Metric 8: – Webmaker

Success scenario: – To teach attendants how to use the webmaker tools and get innovative makes 100%

Result: – 100% completed

Metric 9: – Media Coverage

Success scenario: – We will spread the word about open source, and mozilla with a local news channel and local newspapers.

Result: – 100% completed


Womaniya has been the first ever 2 day’s events organized by Mozilla Bhopal In association with Madhya Pradesh police. Mozilla Bhopal has all teenage members, we all managed everything nicely. I really thankful to all who contributed to making this event succeed.

Womaniya Team: – Vaibhav Bajaj, Smriti Jain, Shiva Goyal, Jitendra Khasdev, Aartish Kumar, Prince Shankushal, Anju Chandel, Chandan baba, Arpit Singhal, Jai Sharma, Saket jain.

Womaniya Speakers: – Komal gandhi, Soumya Deb, Umesh Agarwal, Jafar Muhammed, Tanha Islam, Sumantro Mukharjee, Faisal Aziz.


Event Pics 1: http://tinyurl.com/nn6m4qk
Events Pics 2: http://tinyurl.com/py6gn9c

Komal mozillian’s profile: She is an under graduate student currently pursuing, her Bachlor of Commerce in Computer Applications from Barkatullah University. Also Completed her ‘SOFTWARE ENGINEERING’ (GNIIT) from NIIT International Institetute. She is a woman in Open Source Community, and proud to be one! Currently contributing to Mozilla in WoMoz, Web Maker Project,and Localization for Hindi in Mozilla India Community. Though am a developer, Keen Mozilla follower, Tech Geek, Web Developer, Mozilla follower and a Mozilla Rep from Bhopal, India. A hardcore mozillian and evangelist, She loves Webmaking, Web Developement and Localization. An open source enthusiast, like to spread the word about it. Here at Mozilla She does her best to contribute, in Webmakers by hosting events and teaching the web, in Firefox OS by teaching how to build apps and hosting events. Like FOSS and open source!

Kudos and credits to the womoz Komal from Mozilla India!

Link: Komal Gandhi

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