I am thrilled to announce a new endeavor for PHPWomen: our PHPwomen Partnership Program for Open Source Projects. A little about the program:
PHPWomen has launched a partnership program for open source projects that are committed to embracing diversity and providing a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for contributors. We work closely with project leaders to identify specific areas of need, and will actively encourage our members to participate by promoting those needs through various channels. In return, the project leaders will ensure that newcomers to their projects will be welcomed and their contributions appreciated. This includes fostering an open and friendly environment for all newcomers, not just females.
Basically the goals of the Partnership Program are as follows:
- Highlight open source projects that have an open, friendly and welcoming community surrounding them
- Actively encourage anyone that is considering contributing to a project to participate by giving them specific details and letting them know what’s out there
- Improve diversity in open source by focusing efforts on open communities and notifying our members of opportunities
- Provide assistance to open source projects that are desperately in need of volunteers
We are so proud to announce that we have many projects already signed up for our partnership program, several of which have fantastic Statements of Diversity clearly displayed on their websites. These are all projects that value respectful communities and can be considered a safe environment for contributors. In other words, as a newcomer to their community, you won’t be harassed by a bunch of jerks, and your contributions will be valued.
For a complete list of our Open Source Project Partners, or to learn more about how the PHPWomen Partnership Program works, you can visit our OS Partnership Page. If you are interested in volunteering your time and energy in one of these fantastic projects, check out the OS Project Opportunity page. We will keep this page updated as often as possible, so we encourage you to visit it regularly.
And of course, if you are a Project Leader for an Open Source project, and you are interested in partnering with us, by all means contact me! We would love to tell our members all about your awesomeness. (elizabeth.at.naramore.dot.net.)