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Re: Thinking of organising a special mini-debconf

On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 08:33:23PM +0200, Margarita Manterola wrote:
> > - have specific travel grants / sponsoring for women speakers, possibly
> >   explicitly inviting them from other projects.  Two remarks about this:
> >
> >   - we have had multiple editions of the "DebConf Newbie" initiative in
> >     the past. This idea is very similar, but it will have a different
> >     target public (women DebConf participants instead of newbies)
> Yes, I suggested doing something like that this year, but it's hard to
> market it in a way that doesn't trigger negative feelings for the
> group that is not included in the special group, isn't it?

Yes, you're right, but to some extent that's likely inevitable.  If, as
a project, we decide that affirmative action / positive discrimination
is the way to go to solve gender (and other kinds of) imbalances in the
project, then IMHO we need to accept those consequences. It's "just" a
matter of whether we consider the imbalances severe enough to take
affirmative actions to solve them.  Other Free Software projects seem to
consider it worth to do so.

FWIW, I don't remember any sort of complaints by non-newbies being
discriminated for the DebConf newbies initiative. (There were other kind
of issues, but mostly in the area of better coordination /
organization.) That's not much as a data point, I know, but it might be
better than nothing :)

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