women.code(be)* is a niche community that aims to unite women who code in Belgium and provide them with a friendly, safe and harassment free environment.
We believe that our community can be an added value for both professionals and students. Through our meetups students can connect early on with experienced developers, which in turn can result in students having more insight of the expectations, future job opportunities might entail. We hope this will also provide new generations of developers with role models, something that we feel, is still lacking within our educational system and most of the companies out there.
These last few years we notice a certain trend regarding diversity and women in STEM. Most initiatives seem to focus on getting more girls and women into STEM. However, we think it's equally important to focus on retaining women who are already working, or studying in a STEM-field. This, is where we believe our community can help make a difference in.
This community is set out to be a place where:
- members support and encourage each other
- we can learn from one another
- members can network with supporting companies and other members
- members get the chance to pursue public speaking
In the long term we are working towards more inclusiveness, but probably not in the way you think. Our slack and meetup page will always be exclusive, but we would love to collaborate with other communities and companies to organise inclusive events.
* Pronounced as women dot code be(lgium).
Claudia, core member
I'm a multipotentialite with a background in front-end development and product management and I am currently specializing further in the area of user experience. I'm also an advocate for working remotely and believe more companies should embrace this if they want to keep up with the future. Outside of work, I like to travel, play point-and-click adventure games, board games and break out of escape rooms with my friends.
Eva, core member
I'm Eva, a freelance web designer and front-end developer from Antwerp. Before I started focusing on design & code I studied philosophy and film studies, laying the foundation for why I like to combine both abstract and visual thinking. Outside of work I make illustrations and enjoy (web)comics, animation and gaming.
Maartje, former team member
Maartje has always been active in multiple communites, she co-organises the Go-room at FOSDEM, is part of the GoBridge core team and so on... We parted ways early 2020, but she is still a beloved member of our community.