Stories about Women Activists Yemen
One of the notable Rising Voices grantee project was “Empowerment of Yemeni Women Activists in New Media Techniques”, led by Ghaida'a Al Absi. She thought that the EWAMT project is like a candle among other candles, which are lighting up the darkness in Yemen. And it proved right as some of the female participants were bold enough to write about the political upheavals during the Yemen revolution in 2011.
Ghaida'a al-Absi of the Rising Voices grantee project Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques - Yemen (EWAMT) reflects about the attained goal of training 200 Yemeni women about blogging despite the numerous challenges presented.
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.
2010 was an eventful year for Rising Voices and its community. The community bade farewell to the outgoing Director of Outreach, David Sasaki and welcomed the new Director Eduardo Ávila. In this post we look at some of the notable news of the grantees community we featured in the Rising Voices website in 2010.
Blogger Sara Abd Al-Maktari started as a participant in the first workshops offered by Rising Voices grantee Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques (EWMAT) in Yemen. Since then, she has volunteered to lead another round of workshops to teach women about the use of citizen media.
The second phase of the ‘Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques (EWAMT)‘ project started in Taizz city, a major city in Yemen located at the Southwestern highlands at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level. In Partnership with the National Culture Center for Youth, EWAMT trained 15 female activists during 31 March- April 1st 2010 in Taizz City.
The first phase of the project ‘Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques‘ has been completed. In spite of technical challenges like frequent electricity outages and slow internet, the project trained 112 female bloggers surpassing the target of 100 participants. A certificate distribution ceremony for active bloggers will take place this month.
Ghaida'a Al Absi says: “EWAMT project is like a candle with other candles, which are lighting up the darkness in Yemen.” We hope that with more blogs and more active conversations the darkness will disappear sooner rather than later.
Ghaida'a al-Absi is the leader of Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques in Yemen, which provides digital media training courses to Yemeni women activists.
The Rising Voices grantee from Yemen ‘Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques (EWAMT) conducted its seventh workshop recently. The energetic participants learned about blogging and social media techniques and started their own blogs.
The Yemeni society is very conservative and there are a lot of challenges for women who want to come out in the open and claim their equal share among the main workforce of the country. The Rising Voices grantee 'Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques' (EWAMT) is conducting workshops to teach Yemeni women new media tools and enabling them to join the global conversation and they are talking about their struggles, their society and lives in their blogs.
Rising Voices grantee Empowerment of Yemeni Women Activists in New Media Techniques (EWAMT) has organized two more workshops in June. Apart from teaching the participants how to blog they were informed how to use their blogs to serve their community.
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.