Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – Joined Rising Voices in 2014
Text books and local media in Kyrgyzstan often omit important accomplishments made by women, and information about the rights of women can be difficult to find. Following a workshop hosted by the Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ, a group of teenage girl activists discovered the opportunities provided by citizen media and social networking to help re-write how girls are portrayed in the country through the sharing of information about gender equality and rights.
The project is supporting five girls clubs in the capital and villages of Chui Oblast so that the participants can begin to represent themselves instead of allowing others to say what girls can or cannot do in the country. Through training in digital storytelling and the use of social in media in a more secure and empowering way, the project is providing smartphones that are being rotated among the various members of the clubs. Despite the geographic distances, the five girls clubs are linked to one another virtually, and they are publishing and sharing content that is inspiring and educating other teenage girls eager to learn more about their own possibilities.