Diversity & Inclusion group

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Who we are

The community behind LibreOffice and the Document Liberation project is growing fast, and we want to listen all the different voices that are making our projects a successful ones. Sometimes it's also hard to join for people who doesn't speak English or whose understanding depends on online translation services.

LibreLadies was the first subproject we started to connect and assist women who are interested in using and contributing to LibreOffice.

While working on this mission statement and in general to the Foundation and its projects, we started to discuss about the concepts of diversity and inclusion for fostering the contribution to LibreOffice and the Document Liberation project to a different level.

The first channels created for the LibreLadies group are still active and you are kindly invited to join us via the mailing list or the IRC channel that is bridged with a Telegram group.

The diversity and inclusion group is our next step started to foster and improve what we've written in our "Next Decade manifesto" in 2010 and the values shared with the first group of founders and community members.

Goal and mission

Our community is based on mutual respect, tolerance, and encouragement, and we are working to help each other live up to these principles. We strongly believe that the cooperation between communities is a key way for growing a thriving community. For this reason we are proud to share our views also with members of different communities like Fedora (https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Diversity).

Please, refer to our Code of Conduct (https://www.documentfoundation.org/foundation/code-of-conduct/) if you need more information.

Join us

At the moment we are using the same channels created for the LibreLadies group.

No matter if you are a woman (cis and trans), a man or genderqueer person, we want to make your first contact with us as simple as possible.

A great way to get started is to join our mailing list and send off a post introducing yourself and your interests (What kind of contributions would you like to make?).

You can also join us in our IRC channel, #libreladies, on Libera Chat that is bridged with the Telegram group @libreladies

Current subprojects


It is hard enough to become a member of a new community and learn its culture and processes. Women (a minority in open-source communities) face a unique set of challenges and go through a different set of experiences than men when trying to become contributors. Because women are a minority it is harder for us to find others who've been through the same things, or with whom we can share experiences and advice.

LibreLadies's goal is to address this need.

LibreLadies is planning to have some activities (online and offline), where the main goal is to share experience in order to motivate other women to be part of open source communities and contribute. Providing role models by increasing the visibility of active women in LibreOffice will encourage other contributors. Another way is giving talks at Open Source conferences and actively encouraging and educating the LibreOffice community to increase understanding of the issues facing women who wish to contribute to our community. Each event will be well documented in order to be used for other communities too.

Events (list of events organized or attended by the group)

  • OSCAL 2018 (talk and workshop)
  • LibreOffice Conference 2017 (workshop)
  • OSCAL 2017 (talk)