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· December, 2011

Stories about Feature from December, 2011

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Ukraine: The Role of the ASTAU Information Manager

  30 December 2011

Svetlana Sharamok is an information manager for the Association of Substitution Treatment Advocates of Ukraine (ASTAU). In this e-mail interview to Rising Voices she talks about her work and the joys of playing an important role in communicating and hearing the good news from members.

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Singing the National Anthem in their Own Language

  27 December 2011

On YouTube, one can find countless examples of citizen media videos of national anthems sung in indigenous languages. Judging from the comments on these videos, they are a sense of pride for native speakers of these languages to be able to honor their country in their own language.

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Ukraine: Taking to the Web to Raise Funds and Awareness

  26 December 2011

The Elena Pinchuk AINTIAIDS Foundation in Ukraine has come up with creative ideas aimed on rising awareness on HIV/AIDS issues, as well to raise to help people living with HIV/AIDS. These innovative charity events are mostly web-based and involve partnership with Ukrainian online services utilizing social networks to reach more people.

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Russia: Global Protests At Russian Embassies Mark World AIDS Day

  20 December 2011

Recently the activists of the Association of Substitution Treatment Advocates of Ukraine (ASTAU) posted an overview of the latest events all over the globe marking the World AIDS Day. The major highlight of the analysis was the rallies at the Russian Embassies around the world against the brutal and cruel treatment of people living with a drug addiction in Russia.

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Bolivia: The Public Event of Conectándonos Gathering

  18 December 2011

The Conectándonos (Connecting) gathering in Cochabamba, Bolivia held on December 12-14, brought together emerging leaders interested in exploring ways how the use of citizen media and the building of networks can play a role in affecting social change in their local communities. This is a short summary of the public event held on December 13.

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Bolivia: Day 2 of the Conectándonos Gathering

  18 December 2011

The Conectándonos (Connecting) gathering in Cochabamba, Bolivia held on December 12-14, brought together emerging leaders interested in exploring ways how the use of citizen media and the building of networks can play a role in affecting social change in their local communities. This is a short summary of Day 2.

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Nomad Green: More Awareness On Preserving The environment Required

  18 December 2011

Deforestation, rapid urbanization, exploiting natural resources, deteriorating air quality are some the threats Mongolia face these days. The citizen journalists of Nomad Green, the Rising Voices Grantee in Mongolia are writing about these issue raising concerns and providing suggestions to stop degradation of the environment.

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Bolivia: Day 1 of the Conectándonos Gathering

  16 December 2011

The Conectándonos (Connecting) gathering in Cochabamba, Bolivia held on December 12-14, brought together emerging leaders interested in exploring ways how the use of citizen media and the building of networks can play a role in affecting social change in their local communities. This is a short summary of Day 1.

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Ukraine: Using Video for Advocacy

  12 December 2011

As a part of ORT treatment advocacy efforts, Ukrainian harm reduction activists produce videos which describe the situation around this problem, tell stories of real people who suffer because of inertness of the health care authorities and report the small successes in this regards.

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Languages: Content Aggregation For Underrepresented Voices

  9 December 2011

During the Online Dialogue “Using Citizen Media Tools to Promote Under-Represented Languages” some interesting issues came up including the need for aggregation of online contents to preserve less spoken languages. One example is the Welsh language tweet aggregator Umap Cymraeg which has a database of more than 2000 Welsh language Twitter users online to see the true nature of the Welsh discussions and what issues are most popular.

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For a Bolivian Digital Space with Greater Participation

  9 December 2011

Rising Voices is organizing a three-gathering in Cochabamba, Bolivia on December 12-14, 2011. The focus of the gathering “Conectándonos” (Connecting) is to provide support and training to 35 participants from underrepresented communities and those working closely with these groups to examine how they can play a role in ensuring that the Bolivian digital space is more inclusive with greater participation by all.

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Ukraine: Using Video in Promoting Harm Reduction Ideas

  6 December 2011

Activists of the Association of Substitution Treatment Advocates of Ukraine film and post personal stories of the therapy patients to demonstrate how the opiate replacement therapy could change the life of people living with a drug addiction for better.