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the experience of Arab women in FOSS


As you may know, in countries such as Saudi Arabia, many women feel
constrained about revealing their gender and names on-line. I am
preparing a story for Newsforge about this phenomenon, especially as it
applies to the FOSS community. One aspect that would be especially
interesting is the question of whether the same constraints apply in the
FOSS community as in the general world of computing.

If you have any knowledge of this situation, or know somebody who does,
I would appreciate it if you contacted me privately. Since anonymity is
important to many of the women involved, I undertake not to use
anybody's name in the finished article, nor to give any details that
might allow them to be identified.

My thanks in advance to anyone who has the time to respond.
Bruce Byfield 604-421.7177

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