This is a post of an email originally sent to the Ubuntu Loco contacts for distribution to their communities.
Firstly, some introductory reading for those who are not familiar with International Women’s Day:
Ubuntu-Women has tried in the past to find some way to celebrate this
event, but as far as I can remember it has never really amounted to much
other than some chattering on IRC. So let us try a bit harder for 2010!
We have all come to Ubuntu in our own special ways — every single one
of us differently to the next. Yet one of the most common questions we
get asked is “How can I get $woman to use Ubuntu?”.
Obviously we cannot really answer that question, but we would dearly
love to have a collection of stories by women about how they discovered
Ubuntu. Such a repository would allow us to demonstrate that there’s no
one definitive answer, and at the same time maybe provide the gift of
inspiration to women who are interested — showing them that it’s really
not so unusual to be Ubuntu fans after all.
We are not expecting any particular length, but do remember that these
stories should be suited to perusal at leisure and not require someone
to allocate hours of their day to read. Anywhere between a few
paragraphs and a OO.o Write page is ideal.
There will be two (2) prizes up for grabs. One (1) prize pack will be
given to the story that the community votes is their favourite. One (1)
prize pack will be given to a randomly drawn entrant. Jono Bacon, the
Ubuntu Community Manager will be drawing this entrant in a videocast,
and announcing both winners to the world on March 8th.
Please email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org by UTC
23:59 22nd February 2010.
By submitting a story, you acknowledge that it will be posted on the
Ubuntu Women website under the Creative Commons Attribution
No-Derivatives  licence. If you prefer that your story be posted
under a less restrictive licence such as Creative Commons Attribution
 or Public Domain , then feel free to let us know when you submit.
All stories are to be non-fiction and of a family-friendly nature. The
organisers also reserve the right to interview prospective winners over
the phone or other voice chat at their discretion.
We will celebrate International Women’s Day by announcing the winners,
who will receive gift packs (which are still in negotiation — we will
announce when it is confirmed!).
p.s: Please pass this along to *any* women you know who *use* Ubuntu —
the more the merrier!
Melissa, Amber, Laura, Lyz and Mackenzie