Over the course of this year, we’ve been working to better understand our community and the barriers to participation. The research was led by Anca Matioc and Ana Joaquina Ruiz from Agency, along with support from Nonso Jideofor, Ifeoma Okonji, and Ayomide Faleye.

Today, we’re publishing this report as a work in progress — and we’d love to hear your feedback. You can read the report, and share your thoughts by responding to our survey. We particularly want to hear from people who don’t consider themselves to be “active” Open Heroines.

In this blog post, we interview Anca Matioc to…


In August 2018 Open Heroines received a grant of $100,000 from The Hewlett Foundation to support our work over two years. This funding was a pivotal moment for our community — previously, our only resource was voluntary time.

In this blog post you’ll find information about how we managed and used the grant, what we’ve learned about our community, and where we think we’ll be going next.

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dollar signs on a black background
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In August 2018 Open Heroines received a grant of $100,000 from The Hewlett Foundation to support our work over two years. …


This post is part of our series on the Open Heroines Community Events Fund, to support local or international OH meet ups on gender and the intersection of data/open government/civic tech.

This is an excerpt of a blog written by Winnie Kamau, and originally published on Talk Africa. Winnie is a data Journalist based in Kenya. She is the Founding member of Association of Freelance Journalists, a network of freelancers based in Kenya and Africa. She is an Editor at African Voices, based in Italy, and Talk Africa, based in Kenya.

Participants of the AFJ International Open Data Day

We weaved our way through the streets of the…


This post is part of our series on the Open Heroines Community Events Fund to support local or international OH meetups on gender and the intersection of data/open government/civic tech.

It was written by Laura Mugeha. Laura is a GIS analyst and developer based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is Regional Ambassador for YouthMappers and builds OpenStreetMap Kenya.

Open Data Day attendees after the event.

Every year around the world, open data communities gather to celebrate the annual Open Data Day in March. With this year’s theme being open data for equal development, we hosted a local event in Nairobi, Kenya, on the 7th of March 2020 with…


This post is part of our series on the Open Heroines Community Events Fund, to support local or international OH meetups on gender and the intersection of data/open government/civic tech.

It was written by Juliana Galvis at DataSketch. Juliana shares the results of their first-ever Open Heroines event. It was initially published on their website.

To celebrate World Open Data Day 2020 in Bogotá we at Datasketch conducted a series of lightning talks from different organizations and individuals. Around 40 participants gathered to share stories showcasing projects around Open Data. …


This post is part of our series on the Open Heroines Community Events Fund to support local or international OH meet ups on gender and the intersection of data/open government/civic tech.

It was written by Siv Vatana, Research and Content Officer at Open Development Cambodia. Open Development Cambodia provides the public with up-to-date, accurate information about Cambodia and its economic and social development by compiling freely available data in a ‘one-stop shop’.

The theme for Open Data Day 2020 “Equal Development” is aligned with the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The fifth sustainable development goal focuses on Gender Equality, so…


This post is part of our series on the Open Heroines Community Events Fund, to support local or international OH meet ups on gender and the intersection of data/open government/civic tech.

It was written by Believe Ojochenemi Obafaiye, executive director of Fooster Initiative, an indigenous non-profit organization that tackles poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change in Lokoja, Nigeria.

On 7th March 2020 Foosteer Initiative celebrated International Open Data Day. …


This post is part of our series on the Open Heroines Community Events Fund to support local or international OH meetups on gender and the intersection of data/open government/civic tech.

Ani Tovmasyan shares the results of the first-ever Open Heroines event in Armenia, what they learned and their plans for replicating the success. This article is also available in Armenian below.

Participants at the Open Heroines Open Data Day Event

To celebrate Open Data Day 2020, a group of Open Heroines in Armenia hosted a training day at Armavir Development Centre on March 13. …


This post is part of our series on the Open Heroines Community Events Fund to support local or international OH meetups on gender and the intersection of data/open government/civic tech.

It was written by Tatjana Kecojevic, founder of SisterAnalyst, a Serbian non-profit working to empower women in the tech & data science space. Tatjana shares the results of their first-ever Open Heroines event, what they learned and their plans for replicating the success.

In Serbia, women hold close to 38% of the seats in the parliament, which is above the global average of just under 25% of women MPs. …


Open Heroines #freelance_skillshare is a space for women and non-binary people working in open government, open data and civic tech to advice, skills and tools for navigating self employment.

This is the first in a series of blog posts sharing some of our members tips. Get involved by joining the channel in the Open Heroines Slack.

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We’ve noticed an increase of consultant and freelancer roles in the Open Heroines #opportunities Slack channel this year — possibly as part of the impact of Covid-19.

Working as a consultant carries extra responsibilities in terms of running your business — from filing accounts…

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