Getting more women to be a part of FOSS

Short Form


The FOSS statistic of male vs female contributors is really shocking and for absolutely no definite reason should this be so. Wouldn't it be fair for all and a great thing to happen if the ratio could be brought close to 50-50? Why so less number of female contributors in FOSS? What are they scared about?


Being a women in FOSS, it hurts to see the shocking statistics of male vs female contributors in FOSS. Being an OPW intern, a member of WoMoz(Women in Mozilla) and a member of WikiWomen collaborative, I feel responsible to put in some effort and try to bring about a change in the present scenario. I will take up a small presentation where I will like to cover several topics like what OPW is, why OPW, what WoMoz is all about, how to get involved, etc. The idea is to point out some well know myths that FOSS suffers from try to reason out those points so that we can motivate more ladies to be a part of FOSS.
Sometimes, the enthusiasm and willingness is there, all they need is a guidance as to where they start from, my talk is going to be all about that.

Speaking experience

Being a Mozilla Representative I have given talks in several Mozilla events in India as well as in a Mozilla conference in Nepal. I have recently also given a talk on OPW and getting involved with it in a Mozilla event in Kolkata, India.
The link to my slides:


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    I am a student perusing my post-graduation in Computer Applications from Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research, Pune. Previously I had done my Bachelors in Computer Applications from the same college.

    Am a supporter of FOSS and presently involved with a few Open Source Communities as well like Mozilla and Wikipedia. I am presently a Mozilla Representative. Am a developer, but also do a lot of documentation work and also a lot of localization as hobby and passion.

    I am presently an intern under the banner of Wikimedia Foundation.

    I am a developer in the Software Research and Development cell of SICSR.

    A developer by profession and a content writer by passion. Technical writings, blogging etc are stuff that I do as hobby.