This week is Be Kind to Humankind Week - a time to celebrate kindness that is recognized globally. To celebrate Be Kind to Humankind Week, genConnect is highlighting those making a difference.
The BlogHer International Activist BlogHer Scholarship award is designed to both recognize and magnify the impact of women bloggers living outside the United States who are using their blogs to raise awareness, consciousness or funding to change their community, region, nation or the world. genConnect recently spoke with the scholarship recipients to find out exactly how they’re helping to make the world a better place. Here’s what they said…
Watch BlogHer 2012 International Activist Scholarship recipient Maha El-Sanosi of Sudan, publisher of Mimz, talk with genConnect about why blogging is so important to her:
“It’s a great honor for me [to win the award] and I’m even more motivated now to write and to report on the countless human rights violations that are taking place in my country, the protests that go under-reported and basically all the issues that are happening in Sudan,” El-Sanosi said.
Award winner Tara Livesay, publisher of The Livesay [Haiti] Weblog, hopes to educate the BlogHer community about maternal health in Haiti:
“Haitian people are near and dear to me and to be able to represent the women that we work with is such a gift to me,” said Livesay, who works with Heartline Ministries‘ Heartline Women’s Program.
The program provides prenatal and midwifery support as well as a birthing center, a residential teen mother program, and more.
Fungai Machirori of Zimbabwe, publisher of Fungai Neni, talks about how international blogging differs from blogging in the United States:
“It was just an overwhelming to do something innovative,” Machirori said of her blog. “When I started it, I had no idea it would blow up as it has.” Machirori says “it’s interesting” to see how blogging has taken on a life of its own in the United States, versus its limited use back in Zimbabwe.
“Information about sexual health is a human right and everybody needs it,” Santos said. “It’s not a privilege, it’s a right.”
Whereas many poor girls may find resources available at government-run agencies and clinics, her blog focuses on young girls in the middle class who are often thought of as already being educated enough on the issue of sex, and therefore not in extra need of information.
“Being educated does not mean you are informed when it comes to sexual health, when it comes to birth control,” Santos said. “These girls are overlooked.”
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