African women to celebrate Software Freedom Day

By   |  July 20, 2005

African women involved in the free software movement will host a series of Software Freedom Day celebrations across the continent on September 10 this year. LinuxChix Africa will celbrate the day with events in Kenya, Cameroon, South Africa and Cote d\’Ivoire.

Software Freedom Day is a global movement to promote the use of free and opensource software.

In South Africa the day\’s events hosted by LinuxChix will be held at Wits University and will include an InstallFest and demonstrations of FOSS in action. Also planned are FOSS-related cultural events.

Badimo says they also plan to hand out copies of FOSS CDs and magazines and have a series of presentations on FOSS in education, business and civil society.

LinuxChix Africa founder Anna Badimo says the organisation was formed in 2004 with the aim of contributing towards building technical Linux and free and open source(FOSS) skills among African women.

\”Several studies have shown that not only are women in ICT few, there are even fewer women with FOSS and Linux skills, especially when one looks at the technical side and at Africa in general,\” says Badimo.

\”Our strategy for achieving this aim and its associated objectives is to work in partnerships with existing organisations to mainstream gender into their programs and to build capacity for women, either by organising training workshops ourselves or by sending them to various training workshops.\’

Anyone who wants to assist or participate in the events on the day can contact organiser through the LinuxChix Africa website or email the regional organisers:
South Africa: Anna Badimo at anna @ cs.wits.ac.za
Kenya: Dorcas Muthoni at dmuthoni @ kenet.or.ke.
Cote d\’Ivoire: Chistelle Ncho at chozit @ yahoo.com
Cameroon: Sylvie Siyam at pegmidebana @ yahoo.fr

Are you organising a Software Freedom Day event in Africa? Let us know about it by emailing news@tectonic.co.za.

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