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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject GNOME Outreach Programme for Women
Date Sun, 24 Mar 2013 00:07:59 GMT
As many of you know, GNOME has been running an Outreach Program for Women  for
a few years now. They've had great success at attracting and keeping
talented women in our community with the program (improving the
participation of women in GNOME such that in just three years they jumped
from 4% to 17% participation at GUADEC) and have expanded the program so
that other free software organizations can join us and do the same.

The program is structured like Google Summer of Code but we have two rounds
per year, which is nice for students in the southern hemisphere. The
current round has 25 interns participating across 10 free software
organizations. Two other orgs have signed up or participated in the past,
and there are already at least another two new orgs coming in for this
next round. It's inspiring to have so many free software organizations
working together to help constructively address a problem we all share.
Anyone here want to admin ASF participation?

NOTE: we would need to raise some cash to make this happen. The ASF does
not pay for software development and this programme is about software
development. However, we might be able to find someone else willing to pay
and we provide the mentor(s). finding the money would also need to be done
by the admin, but I'm sure help will be available.

Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
Programme Leader (Open Development)

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