Rising Voices

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Finalist – Argentina: Communicating Our Indigenous Peasant Assembly

Provide training and equipping to the communicator team of the Asamblea Campesina Indígena del Norte Argentino-ACINA, to generate contents, that promotes exchange experiences and participation of our communities in defense of the food sovereignty, right to land and life in our territories. Using the Internet and social networks, we want to talk our struggles and proposals, sensitize at society and mobilize more youth in our communities.

Finalist – Brazil: Building the Oral History of Brasilândia

Brasilândia, a slum in São Paulo, is known for it's extreme poverty and scarcity of resources. We want to develop an oral history and affective map of the neighborhood. A youth group will use the community's Radio station and invite residents to talk about their lives. This will all be recorded on a blog and podcast and compiled into a digital book and shared with the community.

Finalist – Bolivia: Jovenes de Uspha-Uspha

The project aims to establish an online network for the community Uspha-Uspha. Initially it will be used to promote activities led by youths from the community within the sports and arts program of Proyecto Horizonte. This program is one of our most popular activities, primarily aiming to reduce social insecurity issues such as gang related violence and crime. In time we aim to establish a digital photo/video and story-telling forum where the community can share information about upcoming and past activities, life in Uspha-Uspha and to connect and interact with other communities worldwide.

Finalist – Colombia: Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development – Colombian Amazon

The initiative is focused on the preservation of Traditional Indigenous Ecological Knowledge (TIEK), and to use it effectively in promoting directly sustainable land use of the riverine landscape – a place where the floodplain forests, fishes, and fertile soils have sustained local people for generations. This microgrant perfectly fits in to facilitate a training in digital media to amplify the use of TIEK in community-based ecotourism and to promote their sustainable entrepreneurship online. After the training, the people and youngsters are guided and learn by doing throughout the project.

Finalist – Brazil: Our Rivers Speak (ORS)

Young artist-leaders of Cabelo Seco, an afro-indigenous community that lies between the dying Rivers Tocantins and Itacaiunas, gateway to the Amazon, refused last month to perform on any stage funded by the mining giant VALE to buy ethical credibility. The youth will broadcast their stories & living culture, to explain to other communities, schools and leaders, locally, nationally and internationally, why the preservation & independent production of their own culture is essential to sustaining global eco-systems threatened by the industrialization of this essential and rich Amazonian region.

Finalist – Zambia: Lekeni Nsose (Let Me Speak Out)

Services such as health and education are not adequately provided with the aspect to cater for people with disabilities, considering their physical and or mental state.They are underrepresented and left on the fringes of the society.Lekeni Nsose(Let me speak out), will train the disabled and those serving them in citizen journalism and give them a platform to speak out to the wider community and create an impact on issues that affect them

Finalist – Mexico: The Plums, Letters and Voices in Resistance

Do a community journalism workshop in “El Ciruelo, Oaxaca” to form a community group dedicated to collecting and disseminating information to the community in their original language Mixteco using tools like blogs and twitter. Through the note, chronic, reporting, photography and Podcast, assist in the positioning of their cultural identity in the internet, create spaces where they speak about local history, traditions, culture and respect for human rights, in a municipality plagued by drug violence, racism and discrimination of indigenous

Finalist – Hungary: Stories of Passersby (Járókelők Történetei)

Our website is called Jarokelo.hu; the name means ‘passerby’ in the Hungarian language. On the website Budapest (Hungary) citizens can report problems with photos to their local municipality. We plan to introduce an Android mobile application to the website to make the submission of the complaints easier, as the easiest way to take and send photos should be with a mobile device which is always with the ‘passersby’. We also would like to hold two workshops for journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists to help the creation of local stories based on the complaints sent through Jarokelo.hu.

Finalist – Myanmar (Burma): Collab Space for CJs

Despite extremely low Internet penetration rate, more Myanmar people are starting to use social networks and become “netizens”. However, limited knowledge on privacy and access to network, especially in smaller towns, becomes a barrier for them to tell their stories to the whole country or to the world. And with all those violences happening now, only a few of those who could access Internet are influencing the country's online community. We aim to have more ethical citizen journalists in the country who could share their stories to a broader network on a timely manner.

Finalist – India: Strengthening Human Rights Defenders in Women Rights Monitoring

Human rights defenders (HRDs) already engaged in monitoring violations of rights of women belonging to adivasis, dalits and minority communities in Odisha will be trained to use mobiles handsets to take photographs, record oral statements of victims and others, keep the data in a computer at a safe place, transfer it to concerned bodies for filing complaints to human rights commissions to ensure justice to victims. One Training will be organized to capacitate 30 HRDs of Odisha. 5 HRDs will be provided with necessary hand-holding supports to monitor women rights violations in a better manner.