This initiative is a citizen journalism training project that aims to empower women through digital media and online journalism.I mean by online journalism,blogging in its main forms:articles,videos/audio and photojournalism. The main objective is to give a voice to these women and empower them to advocate for their rights and their local communities through citizen journalism.They will be trained to create blogs and mentored to train other women
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
the 24 governorates/cities of Tunisia
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
The target group is young women living in the marginalized areas of Tunisia such as the center, south and North West regions. The project will encourage the use of Arabic or the Tunisian dialect to tell stories, make interviews and document social issues especially related to women's rights. I believe women in the regions lack opportunities and skills for active participation because Tunisia's activism is concentrated in the capital.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Beside the independent blogs,an online platform will be created named as the project where women's contributions will be posted on a regular basis.The content will focus on local social concerns of these women and documentation of their local problems(reporting, interviewing other women etc)The platform will play the role of a liaison between citizens and local authorities by raising local voices using local dialect on the blog posts
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
The team for the trainings will be formed of Tunisian bloggers from the Tunisian sphere such as:Ateliers ouverts de Bloggings- Social Media Club Tunisia-Le PACTE Tunisien- Independent bloggers-Women bloggers- Nawaat
This will be an opportunity for organizations working on citizen journalism to partner and network.It will also be inspiration to participants by learning from the bloggers’ experiences and concrete outcomes of citizen journalism
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
The project targets more than 1000 new active women bloggers during 1st year.The project will be sustainable because it will contain 3 major steps.First round will be trainings of 300 women all over Tunisia(300new blogs).Then, the most 50 active women will attend training of trainers workshop.These women will go back to their regions and be mentored to train 50 women and so on.The network will extend in each region with a strong mentorship progam
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
-The promotion of the project on Global Voices website.
-Translation of some stories and publish them on Global Voices Website.
-Help improving the online platform(blog or website) of “Sout El Tounseya” once created.
April 5, 2013
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