March 29, 2013

Proposals from March 29, 2013

Finalist – Indonesia: From Disable for Disable Project

The project has two main stages: 1) Providing citizen media training to disable persons and enabling them ability to conduct training to transfer skills they gained to their peers. This will use ToT method and participants are expected to be able use handy came, do simple video and sound editing, and choose message to be delivered in the participatory-advocacy video. 2) Delivering citizen media training by and for disable persons. It gives opportunity to first-stage-participants to exercise their skills and produce an advocacy video with their groups targeted to policy makers.

Finalist – Colombia: Hearing Stories in Our Own Tongue (Wayuunaiki)

The project's aim is to make traditional knowledge, values, and Wayuu cultural identity available and widespread, to strengthen unity and social capital in the Guajira communities of northern Colombia. It will do so through workshops and training that will grant the Wayuu community the tools to prepare, produce and broadcast (podcast) a series of traditional folk tales in their own language to be part of their local community radio programming. The project is developed with the grassroots indigenous organization Wayuu Araurayu which have a local radio station “Jujunula Makuira”.

Finalist – Pakistan: Radio Vision

Presently, majority of the vulnerable youth with special needs tends to withdraw from the society, hiding its talents and potential. Aiming to provide a job market to youth with visually impairments. Radio Vision Pakistan is a project initiated by Visionary Foundation Pakistan, for persons with visual impairments, in this online radio, RJ’s that will conduct the show will be persons with visual impairments. This unique project will open a new window of job opportunities for persons with visual impairments also play a very vital role in the mainstream of the society.

Finalist – South Asian Comics Activists for Gender Justice

Our objective is to open up a debate in the society on the issue of gender equality and bring about a change in South Asian region. Sixteen Grassroots Activists from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal will be trained as Grassroots Comics Trainers to further engage many more female activists/ students in their respective countries to democratise the women voices through the medium of grassroots comics and campaigns. A 6 days trainer’s workshop will be organized in Delhi later this year. Comics have the power of unleashing the potential of self-expression and community action. South Asian Comics Activists for Gender Justice from Sharad Sharma on Vimeo.

Finalist – Zimbabwe: Voices from the Deep End

This project seeks to use new media to raise awareness about the San Community in Zimbabwe. The San are a group of people are on the verge of extinction. They are being faced with serious adaptation problems, living in poverty and their language is almost dying. The project seeks to create platforms where the San can be given platform to express their issues and also participate in democratic processes in Zimbabwe. The San will be trained to use new media to advocate for their rights and raise awareness about their situation.

Finalist – Mauritania: Popular Memory (MemoRIM)

MemoRim is about regrouping, documenting and making electronically available the culture, traditions, languages, life style… of old Mauritanian society, By contacting and working with local communities in 4 corners of Mauritania where these cultures and practices are still found and taking from them all material or spiritual related things in form of Pictures audios and videos.Regrouping as much as possible of this culture .When the pages of MemoRIM launch and the content becomes available organized and deeply reviewed, we have a database or a general reference and memory for this society.

Finalist – Mexico: Preserving and Promoting the Mayan Language

To preserve, promote, and conserve the Maya Yucateca language among adults, children and young people, as it is the latter who have lost interest in communicating and expressing themselves in their mother tongue. Social networks, cellular phones, urban planning of the rural sector are factors that contribute to the loss of identity. Information technology and communication might be considered threats, but for us, they are opportunities to spread the use of the language. Community radio and Facebook are communication tools for youth recognition of their language.

Finalist – Uganda: Female Documentary Film Training on Women Advocacy

“One out of three women will experience Violence in her life time”! Women around the world are subjected to violence in many forms that has reduced opportunities for women to compete favorably at all levels. These forms of violence include human trafficking, sexual violence and harmful traditional practices like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The more violence against women continues, the more their rights are restricted. The project is meant to enlighten and awaken this group to acquire skills on how to document women’s issues and support women rights activism in our society.

Finalist: The Cambodian Grassroots Social Media Project

The proposal is to develop a social media training program for community-based organizations and grassroots activists working on human rights in Cambodia, with the long-term goal of increasing the sharing of human rights information domestically and internationally. The project will consist of 1) the development of a social media toolkit designed to impart the know-how and tools to create successful and compelling citizen media; and 2) 4 pilot trainings for a total of 40 trainees, who will be given the toolkit in soft-copies on USB sticks to facilitate access to the materials contained within.

Finalist – Cameroon: We Know, Let the World Know Too

This idea plans to mobilize, train and equip 10 youths with skills and materials for grass root social media utilization for blogging in Bangem sub division of Cameroon. It focuses on engaging youths to report on hidden electoral malpractices and cultural practices which hinder the empowerment of women and youths. Trained youths will use facebook/twitter reporting and documentaries for global sharing and call for actions. Trainees will move into the hinterlands of the Bangem collect and report to the world cultural shocks, rights abuses,governance concerns and needs for the poor.