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Women and free software to Montreal

*Women and Free Software*

On Sunday July 24th 2005, Fernanda Weiden will be of passage in
Montreal to open a meeting on the topic of "Women and Free Software".
The event will be organized by FACIL, pour l'appropriation collective
de l'informatique libre, the Koumbit network, the Laboratoire de 
Communication Médiatisée par Ordinateur (LabCMO) and Communautique.

The coming of Fernanda Weiden, activist within the Free Software 
community in Brazil since 1998, has inspired the topic of this 
conference. Involved in organizing the first women and free software 
meeting of Brazil in 2003, she has since founded "Projeto Software 
Livre-Mulheres", a project having the objective to work along 
organizations of women in order to debate their needs and their 
participation in the domain of information and communication 
technologies (ICT) and particularly of free software. Her contribution 
falls under a process of social integration in the field of free 
software in Brazil. Her participation in the Debian project (GNU/Linux 
distribution) and in the "Free Software Foundation of Latin America" 
will open the meeting on her experience in Latin America.

This event is actually the first step of a medium term objective to 
create a "Women and Free Software" collective in Montreal. This will be 
an occasion to gather the people of Quebec interested to participate in 
its creation. During the presentation, the participants will have the 
opportunity to determine the stakes of free software through these 
topics: women and the development of free software, women and the
access to training for ICT, social and digital integration,
participative uses (network citizens and solidarity) and appropriation
models of free software, concerns of the social environment and
paradigms of local development. The presentation will be followed by a
roundtable where our guests invested in different domains (development,
education and IT in Quebec) will share their experience. There will
also be a discussion and presentation of books and documents about free

The "Women and Free Software" day will be held on Sunday July 24th
2005, between 12h and 16h. The meeting will take place at the Café
Utopik, 552 Sainte-Catherine East near Berri-UQAM metro. For more
information, please visit the website of the event:


This event will be also the occasion to discuss the workshops and 
presentations for the SQIL, Semaine Québécoise de l'Informatique Libre, 
which will be held between November 12th and 20th 2005:


Lia Talbot: 514-948-6644 #227 - lia@communautique.qc.ca;
Valérie Dagrain: 450-646-7522 - vdagrain@free.fr

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