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Re: Software Freedom Day part 2

Erinn Clark wrote:
> As Hanna mentioned previously:
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-women/2005/06/msg00316.html
> Software Freedom Day is coming up on September 10th. We haven't really
> had any activities in a while, so I think doing something on this day
> would be good. Hanna suggested some kind of outreach activity and I
> think it's a good idea, but I'm not really sure what kinds of things we
> could do. There's always normal Debian stuff we can do, but perhaps
> someone has some more creative ideas?

I agree that we should definitely try to do something for this, and I think we
should try to put a "Debian Women" slant on it, since presumably other groups
will be doing more general outreach activities.

Some ideas that spring to my mind:

- try reaching out to the wider Debian community.  Email debian-devel and
debian-user and anywhere else that seems a good idea and ask people to tell
their female friends, partners, family and colleagues about the Debian Women
project.  Encourage people to encourage others to join our mailing list and IRC

- try reaching out more to those in the Debian Women channel who are on the
mailing list but who are not very active in the project.  Maybe set up a
temporary IRC channel - #debian-women-beginners or something, for the day.  Get
a small number of our regulars to commit to being in the channel to help out at
specified times, so we cover all the timezones adequately.  Write really simple
instructions for using IRC for the first time and encourage all those shy people
out there to give it a go and come and say hello, knowing that others on the
channel at that time are also newcomers.

- in areas where there is a concentration of Debian Women people, organise
physical meetings.  Maybe over lunch or something.  Make sure that meetings are
organised in places that are accessible for people with children, and for people
who are still at school and maybe can't go out at night, since maybe that stuff
is preventing some women from getting involved more in their local LUG meetings.

Who else has ideas on this stuff?

I am happy to be involved in organising either of the first two.  (I don't think
there's a high enough concentration of Debian Women people in Melbourne to be
worth arranging a meeting on that Saturday, but if there are more than I know of
(I know of 3 offhand, two of whom are men), espcially women, please drop me a
line and maybe we can meet up over coffee in the city somewhere.)


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