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#MeToo in Academia workshop April 24th 2018

Does sexual harassment happen in academia? How would you react if it happens to you or others around you? How can we open up the discussion? What should the university do?

To discuss these questions and more, Halkes Women Faculty Network together with Radboud Women of Computing Science organised a joint workshop about #MeToo in academia on Tuesday 24th April 2018.

Drs. Wilma de Koning, vice president of the executive board opened the event.

Prof. em. Toine Lagro-Janssen held a keynote about the facts and figures regarding sexual harassment in general, and in academia in particular. She also gave some recommendations and do’s and don’ts, which can be found here (pdf, 539 kB).

Heleen Kloosterhuis, one of the confidential advisors of Radboud University, talked about the role of confidential advisors and what they can and cannot do for victims of sexual harassment in academia. She showed an insightful video, which can be found here. For more information, see:

After that there was a fruitful discussion in small groups, led by dr. Inge Bleijenbergh. The discussion raised several issues and insights, ranging from personal experiences to practical tips to ideas about what the university should do to tackle the problem. A summary will be presented on our website soon.

Netherlands Hackathon 2018

Wikimedia Hackathon Women Tech Storm

The Women Tech Storm is a small female-only hackathon. It is also open for non-binary people. It will be held in the Netherlands from 10 to 12 May 2018.

It will be an event weekend filled with hacking together with other interested developers. The Hackathon has two targeted groups. One group exists of female developers with some experience programming outside Wikimedia and who would like to learn Wikimedia coding. The other group consists of women who are already acquainted with Wikimedia projects and are interested in learning the coding side of the projects. You can learn how to make a query with SPARQL or learn to master Python.

The Women Tech Storm – part I will be followed by Part II. This event will be in October/November and is open for all genders.

Wikimedia Netherlands has a longstanding history organising hackathons and GLAM camps. Previous events were held in 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011).

For more information, please visit the official website

Women Techmakers Scholarship

Women Techmakers Scholars will each receive a 7,000 EUR award (or local
equivalent) for the 2018-2019 academic year. A group of female
undergraduate and graduate students will be chosen from the applicant
pool, and scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each
candidate’s academic background and demonstrated leadership. All
scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the annual Women
Techmakers Scholars’ Retreat in summer 2018 to connect with fellow
scholars, network with Googlers and participate in a number of workshops.

Professional development and community outreach opportunities will
continue to be offered after the retreat. As a Women Techmakers Scholar,
you will join a long-term community of scholars program participants
designed to provide a forum to share resources, support other women in
tech, and collaborate on projects to make continued impact.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
– Identify as female
– Currently be enrolled at an accredited university for the 2017-2018
academic year
– Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time or part-time
student in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program at a university in
Europe, Middle East or Africa for the 2018-2019 academic year
– Be studying computer science, computer engineering, informatics or a
closely related technical field
– Demonstrate a strong academic record
– Exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for increasing the
involvement of women in Computer Science

Application deadline: December 11th, 2017 at 11:59 pm GMT
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