Dear Nikita,

Nice to know about the initiative and the event in Pune.

Wikipedians in/around Pune will be very happy to conduct the event.
We do have women  editors in SNDT, Ranade institute, Jnanaprabodhini
school and some other places who will be really interested in the

Please let us know about your ideas of the event. We can surely help
in organising things especially venue and other arrangements (that too
most likely free of cost)

Best regards

On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 2:20 AM, nikita belavate <> wrote:
> Dear All,
> Am very Glad and Honoured to tell you about the First of its kind,
> Wiki-Women Conference to be held in India. We have been talking about the
> huge gender imbalance among Wikipedia contributors (not unlike science,
> technology, engineering, and mathematics fields). However the gender skew
> seems particularly prominent here.
> With the Aim of attracting and sustaining larger Women population, a
> Conference for Women would be a Great place without any influence that would
> undermine the confidence(just a possibility) in any way from Male
> contributors. With this agenda in mind The National Wiki-Women Conference
> would be a two day Event (a weekend) in Pune. It has been a place of lot of
> historic reforms particularly in the field of Education with the initiation
> of Women-Education movement and establishment of the first Women's school in
> India. And this seems to be a Good place for the first Women's Conference
> considering some other practicalities as well.
> As per, User:Netha Hussain has created a Meta-page for the conference Here .
> Dates for the conference have been proposed as 12th-13th Jan 2013
> tentatively on the eve of Wikipedia Birthday on 15th Jan. Followed by an
> after-party till 15th which will be open for males. This will bring in
> Wikipedians from different areas under one roof and make it a memorable
> celebration ! The page will be developed as the programme shapes further
> here-on.
> Would be Great to carry the discussion further with your inputs about the
> first Wiki-Women Conference in India. Look forward with sincere hope to make
> this happen and increase Indian women contributors and that Wikipedia
> benefits from a wider and  more divers community of contributors.
> --
> Warm Regards,
> Nikita Belavate.
> +91 99-20-30-9661
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