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FOSS Groups for Women and Girls

This is a list of groups for women working both in FOSS and in technology.

The lists will keep updated.


Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology: ABI has developed tools and programs designed to help industry, academia and government recruit, retain and develop women technology leaders. Itseeks to: increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, and to increase the positive impact of technology on the world’s women http://anitaborg.org/

The Ada Initiative The Ada Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the participation and status of women in open technology and culture, which includes open source software, Wikipedia and other open data, and open social media. http://adainitiative.org/

Arch Women The goal of Arch Women is to foster female involvement in Arch Linux and Free Open Source Software. The community is open to female Linux enthusiasts and users, and to the men who support them. http://archwomen.org/index.php


Black Girls Code aims to provide young and pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills to at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.  Its mission is to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.


CoderDojo : CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people. At a CoderDojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. Dojos are set up, run by and taught at by volunteers.  CoderDojo also puts a strong emphasis on open source and free software, and has a strong network of members and volunteers globally. http://coderdojo.com/


DebianWomen The Debian Women project was founded in May 2004. It seeks to balance and diversify the Debian Project by actively engaging with interested women and encouraging them to become more involved with Debian. It promotes women's involvement in Debian by increasing the visibility of active women, providing mentoring and role models, and creating opportunities for collaboration with new and current members of the Debian Project

Devchix This is an international group of female programmers working to make the tech community a better place for everyone http://www.devchix.com/



Fedora Women: Fedora Woemen is a project designed to connect and assist women who are interested in using and contributing to Fedora. Fedora Women plays a crucial role in both uniting and empowering women against gender-based stigmas. Since being announced in July 2006,[2] Fedora Women has striven to raise awareness of the female community within the Fedora Project.http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Women

Fossbox:Fossbox is a women-led organisation and actively support the full inclusion and empowerment of women in the digital world. It advocates Free/Libre software and also provides consultancy on digital inclusion and open culture working with community organisations in East London.Fossbox is co-founder of Flossie 2012 — a conference for women in open culture. http://www.fossbox.org.uk/

FOSSchix-Colombia: FOSSchix-Colombia is an international network of women who promote Free Software in Colombia. it is a community created by and for Colombian women who are interested in the benefits of the software and free culture. The work is to encourage women to participate and start in the world of free software development either, do research or dissemination and active part of the Free Culture. It is part of the network of communities that encourages and promotes the Fundación Casa del Bosque.

Flossie: Flossie  is an event for women who use or would like to use FLOSS in:digital arts, social innovation, open data and knowledge management, research, education and open access, open culture. http://www.flossie.org/


GeekFeminism: The Geek Feminismsupports, encourages, and discusses issues facing women in geek communities, including science and technology, gaming, SF fandom, and more. http://geekfeminism.org/

Girl Develop It: Girl Develop It offers low-cost, ask-anything software development classes in judgment-free, supportive environments focused on women. Coding classes have been offered to over 2,000 women since launching in August 2010, including open source languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript (& JQuery), Ruby (& Rails), PHP (& WordPress), and MySQL. http://girldevelopit.com/

Girls who code: Girls Who Code is an organization working to educate, inspire and equip 13- to 17-year-old girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in technology and engineering. Girls Who Code has developed a new model for computer science education, pairing intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with high-touch mentorship led by the industry's top female developers and entrepreneurs. http://www.girlswhocode.com/

GNOME Foundation's Outreach Program for Women provides support and mentorship for women interested in contributing to the Free Software GNU/Linux GNOME desktop suite. The GNOME Foundation also organizes Outreach Program for Women internships in which many Free and Open Source Software organizations take part, including Mozilla, Wikimedia, and Tor. http://projects.gnome.org/outreach/women



GDI offers low-cost, ask-anything software development classes in judgment-free, supportive environments focused on women. We've taught over 2,000 women to code since launching in August 2010, including open source languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript (& JQuery), Ruby (& Rails), PHP (& WordPress), and MySQL




Harrasmap, egpyt, built on open source. http://harassmap.org/



The activity is called Hacking the Gender Gap, designed by members of The Hacktory, a Philadelphia hackerspace.
Though much research exists on when the gender gap arises as girls grow older, and what employers could do about it, it's hard to figure out how to apply this information to the problem as it is experienced day to day. We decided to use the power of personal stories to increase our understanding of the problem of the gender gap.



Iridescent : Iridescent's mission is to use science, technology and engineering to develop persistent curiosity and to show that knowledge is empowering. There are various programs for kids, family and girls helping them to understand subjects in STEP, and promoting entreprenurship for women. http://iridescentlearning.org/





Linuxchix LinuxChix is a community for women who like Linux and for anyone who wants to support women in computing. It is an international group of Free Software users and developers, founded in 1999 with the aim of "supporting women in Linux." LinuxChix is now many things to many people, but it remains primarily a group for supporting women in computing, specifically in Open Source/Free Software/Software Libre computing. http://www.linuxchix.org/about-linuxchix.html


Mulheres na Tecnologia - The brazilian group /MNT was founded in January 2009 aims collaborating for the recognition of women's potential in the field of Information Technology seeking the gender equity in IT, promoting the exchange of experiences between members who work or want to work or are formed in the area; Seeking equal treatment in the labor market between men and women; Empowering and disseminating information technology among women, promoting women's inclusion area.




Policy and Development Center (PolDeC)

http://poldec.org/ a women and policy org in Nigeria, also provides mobiles and tech training for women, including open source.



Rail Girls is a free global workshop for young women to give them the first experience in software craftsmanship. During two days the participants learn to build web applications with Rails from a concept to code. It was founded in Finland in 2012, has been organized as grassroots volunteer initiative in 14 cities and 18 more are lined up for the rest of the year, including Helsinki, Shanghai, Singapore, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Tokyo. http://railsgirls.com/




Technical Technology Collective: http://www.tacticaltech.org/toolkitsandguides



Womenwatch is the central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system, including the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Secretariat, regional commissions, funds, programmes, specialized agencies, and academic and research institutions.http://www.un.org/womenwatch/


Ubuntu  The Ubuntu Women Project was founded in 2006 and aims to foster Women contributors and community involvement through mentoring and inspiration. The Ubuntu Women Team has many projects to boost the visibility of women within all areas of Ubuntu http://wiki.ubuntu-women.org/



Women 2.0 is a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology.The mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through the platform. www.women2.com

Webgrrls  International is an online and offline networking organization of professional business women focused on propelling their careers and businesses forward. It focuses on networking and connecting with others, leveraging and learning about technology, learning new skills and finding jobs, finding mentors and interns, and gaining access to support and information. http://www.webgrrls.com/


Women Who Code: http://www.meetup.com/Women-Who-Code-SF/

Women's technology and empowerment centre, Nigeria. Provides tech camps, training and facilities for girls and young women to use ICT including open source: http://www.w-teconline.org/


Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), Uganda






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Thank you, Robocicla! We will list your project on the repository!

s.hwang 914 days ago

Robocicla: www.robocicla.net This proyect was born in 2010 in Extremadura. We are situated between art, technology and creative recycling, working with a clear pedagogical approach to  promote the free knowledge practices, trying to translate the narrative of free culture to  children / youth / family / Educative Comunity ...

We are a multidisciplinary team of artists, designers, freaks, architects, linguists, cultural producers from the ship Robocicla working to promote the values ​​of the hacker ethic through transmedia training materials and dynamics that foster creativity.

We strongly believe in the value of sharing ideas (which are infinite) to build a better world.

carla 918 days ago