Gender Equality in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS): open source software awareness programme



Gender Equality in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS):

This Community aims at creating a network of different institutions and projects that deal with the issue of the under-representation of Women in Technology -and more deeply with the Gender Gap in FOSS.

Gender Equality is one of UNESCO’s global priorities, for the period 2008-2013. Within this framework, UNESCO seeks to promote women empowerment and to mainstream gender in all UNESCO policies, strategies and programmes (education, sciences, culture and communication).

This community is trying to identify and measure which are the sociological and scientific reasons of this gap and find some possible solutions to these inequalities by looking at what challenges, either within or outside the FOSS community, prevent women from engaging with Free and Open Source Software or impede a full acknowledgement of their valuable contribution.

“Gender in FOSS” Community calls upon a higher collaboration between those different actors and new participations for everybody is interested on this issue.



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Introduction: learning to program

These materials are all about making learning to program as fast and painless as possible. A beginner should work through the topics in the presented order, though where noted, some material can be skipped over or deferred. Post questions and contributions to the discussion group.


What FreedomSponsors is

FreedomSponsors is a platform for supporting free/libre software projects through microcrowdfunding – that is, crowdfunding individual open source project’s issues.

The issue crowdfunding system is similar to JIRA’s voting system, but the votes come with a “money offer” attached. Anyone can go and place a bounty on an specific issue they need. If more people also need it solved they can “chip in” and the bounties will add up. Developers then can resolve the issues and claim their prizes – the sponsors are notified and pay the developers once the solution is verified.