EWAMT-Yemen: First Workshop On Blogging Completed

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.

The aim of this project is to obtain the Yemeni Activists in Civil and political Society in the capital city of Yemen, the skills of creating blogs as a new mass media to express their points of view, and how to use the blogs in publicizing the social affairs. (press release)

We are delighted to report that the first round of training workshops has been completed recently.

Finding a suitable venue was a challenge. But the project found a suitable venue, a hall in an NGO called “All Girls Association”. Ghaida'a said:

It is really good to find a hall in association just for women because Yemen is conservative society, and females prefer to have the training in femininity environment.

EWAMT training

The first workshop took place during 20-21st of May 2009 with 14 participants. Among the trainers were Jamal Nasser Al-Hanesh and Ghaida’a al-Absi.

Participants with Ghaida'a Al-Absi

Participants with Ghaida'a Al-Absi

Ghaida'a reports:

We started at 9:00 am. [..]

On the First day of training we covered the following topics:

1- Creation of blogs in blogger

2- Morals of blogging

3- How to publicize the blog

4- Discussion about blogging and how we can advocate our issues through blogging.

In the following day we covered these topics:

1- Adding pictures and video from youtube to the blogs

2- Adding calendar to the blogs

3- Orientation about social network and the trainees created Facebook accounts and joined the EWAMT Project group in Facebook.

At the end of the last day, we took a group pictures, and said goodbye to each other; promised to keep in touch through the blog or Facebook.

Here are more photos of the workshop:


Jamal was the only male present in that training.


He expressed his reactions:

it was nice training the girls were wonderful and i am so happy to work with them. i was the only man there :( so u can imagine what happened ?????
ha ha ha ha ha

In this video some Yemeni women activists voiced their opinions in Arabic language (please help us transcribe and translate):

The project will be divided into two phases. On each phase about 100 women activists will be taught how to use blogs. The second workshop of the first phase is scheduled to take place during 27-28th of May, 2009. Please stay tuned for more updates.

[Image courtesy EWAMT photo stream]

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