[Osmf-talk] Gender in OSM/OSMF

Toggenburger Lukas Lukas.Toggenburger at htwchur.ch
Thu Nov 30 07:50:56 UTC 2017


Your mail inspired me to write the following question at https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Foundation/AGM17/Election_to_Board#Gender-limited_events :

What do you think of events (e.g. for marketing) that are open only for some genders? Example (imaginary): "Mapping party/Mapathon for girls"? Is it a good idea since it might bring more girls/women to OSM or is it a bad idea since it's gender-discriminating?

I’d be interested in your (and the other candidates’) opinion.

Best regards


Von: Heather Leson [mailto:heatherleson at gmail.com]
Gesendet: Montag, 27. November 2017 09:05
An: osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org
Betreff: [Osmf-talk] Gender in OSM/OSMF

Dear OSMF members

I'd like to re-open a discussion about gender in this community.  How can we improve the gender balance? I know there are some amazing leaders and best practices. It would be great to hear from women and other genders that are often rare voices. Kate posted about diversity this summer. Let's build on this.

As much as I've been vocal during this period, I tend to read and not comment on this forum. The reason for that is partially due to the tone. OSM can only truly global if we keep working on this.

Also, would the "actions" from this discussion flow to the membership working group? I notice that there are no women listed on the wiki for this group. Maybe we need a "gender chair" to really follow through. The "membership working group" does not appear to have the offical responsibilty to improve the community experience. If not the "membership working group" to take up this gap, then maybe we need a balanced "community working group" .

Thank you and have a good day,

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