Stories from March, 2011
Megafone project founderAntoni Abad writes a first-person blog post answering the questions "What have been some of the challenges in implementing the Megafone project and how did you address those challenges?" This is the third in a case study studies that takes a look at global citizen media projects.
The recent wave of uprisings in the Middle East And North Africa has also hit Yemen. In January this year thousands of Yemenis started demonstrating in the capital Sanaa and elsewhere demanding resignation of president Ali Abdulla Saleh, who has been in power for more than 30 years. The notable thing is that more and more women protesters have joined the demonstrations. Bloggers of the Rising Voices grantee in Yemen also share their experiences.
Rising Voices would like to provide an update on the selection process for the latest round of microgrant funding for citizen media outreach projects. We have selected the finalists and they have already been contacted for an interview. We will choose the grantees from among these finalists and hope to make the announcement by the last week of March.
Journalist and blogger Larysa Goreslavets tells the story of Olga, a patient at a substitution therapy program in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchug and how she managed to turn her life around. Goreslavets has been updating these stories on the blog Zapitay.
In Colombia, the celebration of International Woman's Day has become a tradition and the members from Rising Voices Hiperbarrio have also joined the celebration. In a guest post Lully Posada from Hiperbarrio shares the conversations.
RV has held a special relationship with Egypt because of the three grantee projects that we have been supporting. For those of us who have gotten to know those individuals associated with the projects, the information, thoughts, experiences, and feelings expressed by them helped make their revolution much more personal. Here we'll take a look at some of the content created during those historic weeks.
In a recent interview, the Ukrainian interior minister called for increasing control over substitution therapy. According to the blog reports of various harm reduction activists, police started to pay special attention to the Methadone sites in various regions of the country. The bloggers report on their and others' experiences with the police attention.
We recently interviewed blogger Leah Okeyo about her firsthand experiences about the importance of using citizen media to discuss the topic of HIV/AIDS in Kenya. She has been active in the Blogging Positively initiative, and is a correspondent for the World Pulse project.
Rising Voices is pleased to announce that our Blogging Positively Guide is now available in the Russian Language, thanks to the efforts of Maryna Reshetnyak. The Guide is now available in four languages and counting.