thank you for the report, netha! hopefully, we'll see more women
participation focused workshops and meetups coming up in your hometown
On Sun, May 27, 2012 at 4:26 AM, Netha Hussain <nethahuss...@gmail.com>wrote:
> Greetings from Buenos Aires!
> I am User: Netha Hussain (1), writing from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was
> lucky to represent India in the WikiWomenCamp (2) and WikiGenero held here
> from 23-26 May 2012. My travel and accommodation were sponsored by
> Wikimedia Germany and Wikimedia Austria. The past four days had been
> fabulous, and I enjoyed being in the company of amazing women from
> different parts of the world.
> The conference was held in open space format with no agenda. Open space
> technology is called the 'wiki-way' of conducting conference as ideas are
> created by the way of discussing in groups and accepting contributions from
> all participants. I loved this, and I think we must try and use this
> methodology in Indian conferences too. We discussed about many issues which
> are primarily of concern to women, including mapping gender issues,
> edit-wars, GLAM, attracting women to Wikiprojects etc (3). We learned about
> the many projects launched in different countries for the increasing the
> participation of women in administration.
> I could present the Indian perspective of issues at the conference. Most
> participants were amazed to know about the diversity of Indian languages. I
> also spoke about the WikiConf-Mumbai 2011 and the results of the gendergap
> session organized in the conference. The working of the chapter was also
> explained, but it was disappointing to reveal that we did not have had any
> women member in the chapter ever since.
> We created a private mailing list for women to get support when dealing
> with harassment, took steps to create WikiChix, decided to print books on
> perspectives of women in various countries and discussed about conducting a
> WikiWomencamp with more participants the coming year.
> At WikiGenero which happened on 26th May, Sue Gardner delivered a keynote
> address which was very inspiring. The news about the camp was published in
> local newspapers. The notes are available on meta and photos on commons(4).
> At the conference, I could build contacts with many women from different
> parts of the world. I could learn many new things could also share my
> knowledge. It was a highly rewarding experience.
> (1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Netha_Hussain
> (2) http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiWomenCamp
> (3) http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiWomenCamp/Agenda
> (4) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:WikiWomenCamp_2012
> Netha Hussain
> Netha Hussain
> Student of Medicine and Surgery
> Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode
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