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  4. <title>International Women's Day: No freedom without diversity and gender equality</title>
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  8. <h1>International Women's Day: No freedom without diversity and gender equality</h1>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">
  10. Today, the FSFE celebrates International Women's Day, a global day
  11. calling for women's rights and gender parity. As in many other
  12. communities, women in Free Software communities face gender
  13. discrimination on a daily basis. To help improve their environment and
  14. raise awareness, the FSFE wants to use today's occasion to share our
  15. ongoing efforts to improve gender balance and ensure gender equality.
  16. </p>
  17. <p>
  18. Gender discrimination is a massive problem throughout history. But it was
  19. only in the beginning of the 20th century when first countries started to
  20. introduce an International Woman's Day which was adopted by the United
  21. Nations in 1975 as a global day of celebration and a focal point in the
  22. movement for women's rights. The UN theme for
  23. <a href="http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day">International Women's Day in 2019</a>
  24. is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” to help put a focus on
  25. the role that technological innovation by and for women and girls plays
  26. in efforts to achieve gender equality. This theme reminds us of the role
  27. of Free Software in achieving self-emancipation and gender equality.
  28. </p>
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  30. <img
  31. src="/picturebase/miscellaneous/tux-diversity-800px.jpg"
  32. alt="a picture showing diverse tux"/>
  33. <figcaption>
  34. Freedom is all about diversity.
  35. </figcaption>
  36. </figure>
  37. <p>
  38. Ever more, technology controls every single aspect of our lives. But
  39. women have traditionally been and still are underrepresented in the
  40. bodies shaping those technologies that change our society. Core reasons
  41. are traditional and exclusive male-driven organisation cultures and the
  42. creation of artificial barriers to prevent women's influence on shaping
  43. technology the way they see fit. To empower women and achieve true gender
  44. equality in our society, it is inevitable to offer women the same access
  45. to tinker with technology as man have.
  46. </p>
  47. <p>
  48. Free Software is technology that respects and empowers any user equally
  49. and puts everyone of us in control of technology. This way, the four
  50. universal freedoms of Free Software offer fertile soil for emancipating
  51. technologies without restrictions towards gender or any other
  52. backgrounds. At the Free Software Foundation Europe we are working
  53. towards ensuring that women are equally empowered to shape technology,
  54. and thereby change society for the better. Some actions that we have
  55. taken to achieve this include helping to establish female role models in
  56. technology by encouraging female speakers at our events, by balancing
  57. gender contributions in our public pictures and statements, and for job
  58. applications we give preference to applicants who identify as part of a
  59. traditionally marginalised demographic in technology for applications of
  60. equal strength.
  61. </p>
  62. <p>
  63. But problems already arise on a much lower level and unfortunately,
  64. taking part in discussions is not always equal for everyone. We can see
  65. gender discrimination in nearly all communities, most prominently by
  66. people using their dominant positions or attitude to discriminate against
  67. or intimidate women. But regardless of how much someone has contributed
  68. to discussions with their knowledge, or how well connected they are
  69. within our community, or how much they have donated or are planning to
  70. donate: discriminatory, disparaging or offensive speech or actions,
  71. including as to (but not limited to) gender, sexuality, race,
  72. nationality, religion or profession has no place in our community! We are
  73. proud to be a community of many different nationalities and backgrounds,
  74. and we cherish our strength in diversity.
  75. </p>
  76. <p>
  77. To further strengthen diversity within the FSFE, we take an active role
  78. in establishing a welcoming environment for everyone inside our
  79. community. Our staffers and executives are consulting with experts on
  80. discrimination and inclusion, and to ensure that in the FSFE all
  81. participants can, at all times, feel at ease to participate without
  82. fearing any form of attack, reprisal or harassment, we have adopted a
  83. <a href="/about/codeofconduct.html">Code of Conduct</a>. Any behaviour
  84. contrary to the principles enshrined in this Code of Conduct, can and
  85. shall be brought to the attention of a respective local or our
  86. <a href="/about/codeofconduct#CARE">central CARE team</a>. We are
  87. convinced that any case we are being made aware of will help in making
  88. the environment more attractive and welcoming for everyone.
  89. </p>
  90. <blockquote>
  91. The FSFE's mission is to empower people to control technology. To make
  92. sure that every human can understand how software works, use the software
  93. for any purpose, share it with others and adopt it to their needs, it is
  94. crucial that all women can exercise those rights as well to shape
  95. technology and create a better society for all of us. We want to
  96. contribute our part in balancing the power of who controls technology,
  97. and in general contribute to better gender equality inside our own as
  98. well as in other Free Software communities. We therefore ask you to join
  99. us on this path.
  100. </blockquote>
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