Gender Equality in FOSS
Gender Equality is one of UNESCO’s global priorities, together with Africa, for the period 2008-2013. Within this framework, UNESCO seeks to promote women empowerment and to mainstream gender in all UNESCO policies, strategies and programmes (education, sciences, culture and communication).
The Gender Equality in Free Open Source Software community on WSIS-KC platform aims at creating a network of different institutions and projects that deal with the issue of the under-representation of Women in Technology -and more deeply with the Gender Gap in FOSS.
The community is trying to identify and measure which are the sociological and scientific reasons of this gap and find some possible solutions to these inequalities by looking at what challenges, either within or outside the FOSS community, prevent women from engaging with Free and Open Source Software or impede a full acknowledgement of their valuable contribution.