Twitter for change

More often social media are being used in the battle for human rights. Not so long ago CNN found a video on YouTube about an 8 year old bride. The story got worldwide exposure which eventually lead to the discontinuation of the marriage. The video was placed by Saudi activist Wajeha al-Huwaider.

With these kind of success stories in mind the in Beirut-based organization Social Media Exchange (SMEX) tries to impose social change and sustainability. That, in a way, basically means: courses in Twitter, Facebook workshops and blog-lessons. For everybody, but especially for people who want to be heard, like Wajeha.

SMEX is founded by Jessica Dheere and Mohamad Najem. “It is important that people themselves can make journalistic reports for society-focused organizations and international websites. That’s how they can raise their voice”, says Dheere. “By sharing knowledge and experiences these women teach each other to use ICT in a smart way.” Next to providing workshops and training SMEX also translates tutorials for Twitter and Facebook in Arabic.

Source: Metro

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