An EC funded study (2006) summarized in the Flosspols report, indicates that about 1.5% of FLOSScommunity members were female, compared with 28% in proprietary software. In 2010 with the help of Ubuntu Women and other mentoring projects throughout the Ubuntu community Ubuntu Membership by women passed 5%.
Ubuntu-Women is the first step in trying to usher in change by increasing the visibility and contribution of women by providing mentoring and role models, and creating opportunities for collaboration with new and existing Ubuntu volunteers. We aim to provide an opportunity for women who want to be involved in the Ubuntu community thereby increasing the diversity in Ubuntu-Linux by:
- Encouraging women to participate, for example, to learn to create new FLOSS software (or revamp existing software), not only to use GNU/Linux software, but to integrate backwards and learn more about it.
- Mentoring women in specific areas (such as technical, documentation, translation and communication) so they have the information and support necessary to take these new steps, to get through barriers or difficulties, and to keep learning and growing in the Ubuntu-Linux world.
- Providing opportunities by sponsoring women who wish to give technical presentations, or talk about their Ubuntu experience at International conferences and seminars.
- Organising hack-fests, bar camps for women at Linux conferences.
- Increasing the number of women using Ubuntu-Linux in a country-specific manner by providing a platform for talks at local universities, LUGs and schools, which will encourage others to join.
- Openly discussing issues facing women and their involvement in Ubuntu (and Linux) and how to address them.
To achieve the above objectives we currently:
have a casual Mentoring program to share knowledge and learning something from others in the community.
run the mailing list for discussion of related issues.
- run the IRC channels #ubuntu-women and #ubuntu-women-project at irc.freenode.net
Join us and introduce yourself, your interests or what you wish to share with others! We have a wonderful group already, from many different cultural groups and occupations and you are invited to join the Ubuntu world!