During a September Q&A session online, Lena De Winne, the CEO and Vice-President of NGO Asgardia, and the Deputy Head of Administration of Asgardia, addressed a number of questions posted by Asgardians online. Currently, only 15% of registered Asgardians are women. Asgardians have asked: are there programs or campaigns to promote Asgardia to encourage more women to join?
“We are open to everybody,” De Winne stated. “We do not have any prejudice on gender orientation, race, Earthly religion. The whole point of Asgardia is that it's a totally open community and society for people who want to join.”
To attract more women to Asgardia, she asked those who are already a part of Asgardia to “invite your partners, invite your girlfriends, invite your wives, invite your female friends from the community where you are involved on Earth.”
De Winne mentioned that just because currently there are more registered male Asgardians, it should in no way be assumed that Asgardia is male-centric. “Actually, there are many women in the core team where I work. I am in top management, and there are two women on my team who work with me directly.”
She urged Asgardians to talk to their friends: “What it is that women want, please help us find out. We might find out something we don't know yet.” De Winne noted that Asgardia is open to placing resources and infrastructure toward the implementation of initiatives that will attract more women. She also said, “If you as an Asgardian feel that you want to make sure that more women are invited, by all means, please initiate this within the community.”
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