Stories from November, 2010
Mr. and Miss Red Ribbon is a charity event organized annually by Nakuru Youth groups including the Rising Voices grantee Repacted from Nakuru, Kenya. As a major build up activity towards World Aids Day on December 1, 2010 this event deals with eradicating stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS.
Madagascar is going through a turbulent time. A heavily disputed referendum on the new constitutional proposal was held on the 17th of November. The election process was marred by irregularities and it was also overshadowed by a failed coup attempt. Some bloggers of the Rising Voices grantee FOKO of Madagascar continued to share the news as it happened along with their opinions.
With the help of a Micro-grant awarded by Rising Voices, AZUR Development organization trained communication officers of different AIDS organizations in Congo in digital story telling, podcasting, and the creation of blogs. The bloggers of the AIDS Right Congo are continuing with their efforts of documenting the stigma and discrimination of people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in Congo.
Join Rising Voices on December 2 for a live chat to revisit the "Blogging Positively" Guide, an online resource for individuals and organizations to learn how to use citizen media to discuss HIV/AIDS. This chat will explore ways to make the Guide as useful as possible.
Blogger and filmmaker Randa AbulDahab is part of the coordination team from the Women of Minya Day by Day project, and has been leading the video and photography workshops with the women. In this audio podcast, she discusses her hopes for the project.
Two bloggers from the Rising Voices projects FOKO and Exploring Taboos recently submitted two videos to the project One Day on Earth. Here are their two videos from Madagascar and Egypt.
Rising Voices grantee Hiperbarrio has been commissioned by the Foundation Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM Foundation) to provide new media trainings to outreach groups of three other libraries in Medellin. Recently these groups participated in a series of podcast workshops.
Sexual harassment is a very serious matter in Egypt, a country where 83% of its women have reported being the target of harassment. Another study found that 80% of men between the ages of 25-29 say that women bear the responsibility because of their lack of modesty in their dress. A blogger from the Exploring Taboos project has been writing about this phenomenon.
The stories emerging from the Women of Minya Day by Day project are ones of hardship, yet resilience in overcoming these challenges. The workshops provided by the New Woman Foundation allows the women of the Dawadeyya village to express themselves about issues that concerns them, especially health-related topics and their legal rights.