Stories from May, 2009
Representatives from several Rising Voices projects took part in this month's "Soul of the New Machine" conference convened by the University of California at Berkeley's Human Rights Center. Their comments and their projects are indicative of a new era of human rights advocacy.
Drop-In Center continues to discuss the issues of people living with drug addictions. Recently, the organization's leader Pavel Kutsev reacted to the Ukrainian government's decision to tighten rules around the sale of medications that can be used by drug users to mitigate withdrawal.
Last month we introduced Ghaida'a Al Absi's project Empowerment of Yemeni Women Activists in New Media Techniques which will train a number of women activists of Yemen in collaboration with the Hand in Hand Initiative. It is one of the latest grantees of Rising Voices. We are delighted to report that the first round of training workshops has been completed recently.
Cristina Quisbert, a member of the Voces Bolivianas community, has won the BlogHer '09 International Activist BlogHer Scholarship. She was selected as one of the 5 bloggers around the world who will be attending the Blog Her international women blogging conference in Chicago this summer.
The Orizonturi Foundation’s “Blogging the Dream” project has completed its practicum period and continues to develop and expand its Blogging Club, despite facing challenges.
Although many FOKO members were starting classes at University, April was a busy month with activities for FOKO Blog Club. FOKO bloggers participated in a number of events like get together of bloggers, new media training for community members and they blogged about them besides reporting about the recent political unrest.
The organization Drop-In Center raises the issue of the specific health needs of people living with a drug addiction. With the existing system, it is difficult for people on substitution therapy programs to receive medical care associated with a hospital stay.
We have already heard from Prince Tolkpah and Titus Algaba about their implementation of Ceasefire Liberia in Monrovia. In this video we head to the other side of the Atlantic to see how members of the diaspora blogging project in Staten Island, New York will use participatory media to encourage more dialog between Liberians living in New York and Liberia.
The website of the Rising Voices grantee Ceasefire Liberia project has been launched with a lot of promise. Here the Liberian local and diaspora bloggers will discuss issues that affects them to better their communication and understanding. In this feature we highlight some posts from the website.
Théophile Kouamouo, one of Francophone Africa's leading bloggers, is arranging a series of blogcamps in Abidjan, Ivory Coast with the help of a community of experienced bloggers and supported by a Rising Voices Micro Grant. The workshops on blogging, podcasting, video-blogging etc. will bring more and more Ivorians to the blogosphere to voice their opinions on different issues that affect their lives.
Ukraine could significantly ease its tuberculosis epidemic if it better cooperated with international health aid organizations, according to posts on the Drop-In Center's site. Today, the Ukrainian government doesn't use all available opportunities to receive support from the international community to fight the TB epidemic.