How PyLadies Brazil became the biggest PyLadies chapter of the worldView
I'm a high school teacher, and a student in the Innovation with Educational Technologies at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte Master's program. I'm also a PyLadies Brazil co-founder, chair in the first edition of PyLadies Brazil Conference. I've been working in the Python women's community at a national level for the past couple of years. I believe that it's through education that we will be able to make a change in ourselves, in the community we are a part of, and in the country that we live in.
How PyLadies Brazil became the biggest PyLadies chapter of the world
Initiatives concerned about gender disparity have been gaining strength internationally in recent years, and the Brazilian open-source community has stood out in the quantity and effectiveness of actions aimed at these projects, changing the scenario of our regional and national conferences and events.
Here in Brazil, the largest country in South America, we also have the biggest PyLadies community of the world (in number of chapters), with about 30 chapters around the country. But how did we get here?
How do we manage to have such a huge group of people working together and specially learning from each other to run our activities so organically?
In this lecture we will talk about our experience with PyLadies in different regions in Brazil, where we will summarize some of the history of the creation of PyLadies Brazil, how everything started and the path we follow to this day. During the talk, we'll learn more about how do we get ladies (and gentlemen) to work together for these changes to happen, also how the organizers of the chapters and workshops communicate in order to improve their routines and activities and finally the annual experience sharing meeting we have to gather people who represent the groups to brainstorm ideas of how to make our community better.
It will be mentioned the construction and exchange that takes place within our community and with the diverse communities that support us in the most various corners of the country, their particularities, difficulties and results.
(1) Anyone who’s interested to know more about PyLadies, specifically in Latin America/Brazil.
(2) People who are interested to talk about how to maintain a community growing together.
(3) People who wants to know some ideas of how to foster and manage the participation of minorities (in this case, women) in both women-only and mixed events.
(4) No specific experience required.
Part 1. Introduction to the speaker
PyLadies Brazil: how it started - first steps, how we organized the groups and our participations in our Brazilian conferences (5 minutes)
Part 2. Actions the whole Python community (PyLadies included) takes in order to make create a more diverse and inclusive environment for minorities in both regional and national events. (10 minutes)
Part 3. Presentes of the actions the regional PyLadies chapters are doing, at least one remarkable action of each region. (5 minutes)
Part 4. Wrap up with a reflexion of what lies ahead: next steps for the activities in the Brazilian PyLadies community (5 minutes)
Part 5. Questions (5 minutes)
I am part of PyLadies Brazil since it started, 6 years ago, helping with organizing and running Python workshops and meetups. Also I've organized and coached Django Girls in some cities of Brazil. I gave a similar talk in our national conference, Python Brasil, both in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, I gave my first technical talk (in the Python environment) also at Python Brasil (slides available).
I was also a keynote speaker last year at Python Brazil.