[kde-community] FOSDEM Organisation

Jens Reuterberg jens at ohyran.se
Sat Dec 6 19:50:55 GMT 2014


Can I ask you, do you represent Fosdem at all?

On Saturday 06 December 2014 18.22.45 Pau Garcia i Quiles wrote:
> John,
> You couldn't be more wrong.
> I have been organizing the Desktops DevRoom for the last 4-5 years (cannot
> really remember), so I can speak from reality.
> There is no discrimination against women in FOSDEM. It's just they do not
> submit talk proposals. Simple as that. E. g. this year we have only had one
> talk proposal from a woman and I had to chase her! In the very few cases
> where they do submit talks, more often than not when you tell them "you've
> got your slot" the answer will be "oh, I won't be attending, I need more
> time to plan". Well, sorry but everybody is notified of
> acceptance/rejection with exactly the same amount of time (4-6 weeks) due
> to the timeframe FOSDEM manages. If men can come, why can't women? (we do
> also have some rejections from men due to too-late notice but it's less
> frequent).
> People are overreacting with these CoC's (or lack of). For some reason, and
> it's not discrimination of any kind, women are by far not interested in
> technology and engineering. In the same way they are by far more interested
> in Nursery, Medicine, Psychology, Marketing & Advertising, etc than men. Is
> there a CoC about men for Nursery or Midwife conventions? I don't think so.
> On Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 2:21 AM, John Layt <jlayt at kde.org> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > Just a heads-up that I will not be attending FOSDEM next year and will
> > not be assisting in any way with preparations for FOSDEM or providing
> > any hardware. This is the result of the FOSDEM organisers refusing to
> > institute a proper Code of Conduct for attendees or to take any other
> > steps in addressing the dreadful gender ratio of speakers on their
> > program or attending the conference itself. I have attempted to
> > discuss these issues with them and found their attitude and beliefs
> > completely unacceptable to me. As such I cannot give them any form of
> > support, and sadly that means not helping the KDE community at this
> > event anymore.
> > 
> > John.
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