[Chennaipy] Diversity in Chennaipy

James Mortensen james.mortensen at synclio.com
Tue Jun 9 09:32:20 CEST 2015

I think the Code of Conduct is a tool the community can use to deal with a
situation, should something happen to make the environment feel unsafe.
Also, some of these things aren't common sense or things everyone will
agree on.  Every community has rules, and having them written down lets
everyone know what is expected so there are no surprises later on.

With one in place, that should then set the tone to then encourage more
participation, and it sounds like the decision by Vijay and Shrayas is that
there will be a code of conduct.  So that being the case, perhaps we can:

1.  Evaluate the Code of Conduct and make sure it offers tools to solve any
problems we see.

2.  Focus on ways to encourage more participation from women, as Bindu
suggests.  I am doing this by personally inviting my female colleagues (and
male colleagues as well) to participate in Chennaipy.  In some cases, I
have mentioned the low numbers of women at the events and that they can
help lead the way by showing up.  I am not sure if this is a good strategy
because I don't want my female colleagues to think I am inviting them only
because of their gender and not because of their technical aptitude.  I
would love to hear thoughts of women in the group on how I (and other
members of the community) might approach this better.

Hope this helps,


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On Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 9:49 AM, Bindu Upadhyay <upadhyay.bindu09 at gmail.com>

> At the risk of sounding uncool and breaking the usual email reply norms-
> I think we have diverged from the original goal- To have more women in the
> group and to encourage them to participate more often. (?)
> IMHO, having a code of conduct, will not attract more women to join the
> group. I am still pondering about the less numbers in the fields with which
> I am familiar - running, cycling, engineering..
> Once again, apologies for not following the email etiquette. :)
> Bindu Upadhyay
> On Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 8:46 PM, Nikhil Ketkar <nikhil at indix.com> wrote:
>> I am new to ChennaiPy and new to Chennai but I think Chennai is already
>> safe for women (as compared to Delhi where I come from). While the Code of
>> Conduct and its enforcement will be a good step, I think culturally Chennai
>> does not have this problem. Are we worrying about this too much? Safety is
>> not the issue we need to worry about when it comes to diversity, its
>> encouragement.
>>  -Nikhil
>> On Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 4:46 PM, Shrayas rajagopal <shrayasr at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> On Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 9:27 PM, Vijay Kumar <vijaykumar at bravegnu.org>
>>> wrote:
>>> > Hi Shrayas, before we absorb the Code of Conduct, I would
>>> > like to ensure that the implementation details are worked
>>> > out.
>>> >
>>> > For example, I would like to make sure that we have a process
>>> > in place to ensure that somebody who has been banned is not
>>> > allowed to attend the meetup.
>>> >
>>> > For the Code of Conduct to be effective a process that
>>> > enforces it is required.
>>> Agree. Should we have this as a discussion during the meetup itself
>>> then? What is your plan on going about with this?
>>> On Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 1:29 PM, Karthikeyan A K
>>> <karthikeyan at openmailbox.org> wrote:
>>> > Who was banned and for what? Aren't tech groups supposed to be free
>>> places?
>>> Karthikeyan, have you read the entire thread? The discussion is on
>>> making Chennaipy more safe for women and a code of conduct could be
>>> one step towards that. Having a code of conduct means we need a way to
>>> enforce that. Vijay was talking about how we could bring such a
>>> process out.
>>> Hope it clears the point.
>>> Regards,
>>> Shrayas
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