Friday, June 24, 2005

Women and Free Software....

I gave my talk at GNU/LinuxTag yesterday, and i think it was really good. I cannot say that my english was good also, but well...it's getting better...

I met some women who are working in the GNU/LinuxTag organization and also another women who works for the Green Party in Germany on gender issues and Free Software. One of the things that impressed me was about the few number of women participating in this meeting. I was really expecting to find more than in Brazil, once Germany is "first" world, and Brazil is the 51st in the UN Rancking on Gender GAP.

Well....today I'm catching up the e-mails that i didn't had the opportunity to read since I started to organize my trip to here. I got upset when I read one e-mail in the Debian Women mailing list with the subject: "Death To women's Rights (I am an male free software developer and I despise women's rights and your group)."

Sometimes people ask me why do the feminist groups exists in the Free Software Community. I'll start to point some URLs to mailing list archives, to answer these questions with some facts....

I'll try to contact Nils today and talk about the possibility to have a Women and FS focused meeting next year along with GNU/LinuxTag. I think it would be really interesting and also the only way to really get more women involved in Free Software events in Europe.

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