Zabatak.com and Morsimeter.com are both multiply awarded web platforms fighting for transparency in Egypt. Behind the platforms is a collective of young IT developers, social entrepreneurs and designers who are eager to use digital innovation for social good. In our latest In Focus interview we spoke to the head of the team, Abbas Adel.
Mathias Haas is the founder of Findia, a charity, art and journalism project from Austria recently given distinction at the World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) 2012. The project enables young Austrians to visit India and discover the real ways of life as opposed to mainstream media interpretations. We met Mathias at the WSYA ceremony in Canada and asked him about his passion to open young people's minds to different cultures.
Saransh Dua is the co-founder of GotStared.At, a campaign recently given distinction at the World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) 2012. GotStared.At aims at giving women in India a platform to speak out against violence and sexual assault and to prove they are not at fault. We met Saransh at the WSYA ceremony in Canada and asked him about his passion to support Indian women.
84% of all women in Pakistan do not have jobs, while those who do are facing difficulties on their daily commutes. It is considered unsafe for women to be outside alone and the Pakistani economy is suffering as such a large percentage of the population stay at home rather than go out to work. In the following article Momal Mushtaq argues that "women using bicycles would greatly benefit the country as a whole".
“My children can earn 200-300 rupees a day during the sowing and harvesting seasons. Why should I send them to school?” Sajda is one of many parents in the remote village of Gaadi, Pakistan, whose children are being denied an education. This article highlights the cultural and economic decisions behind the low attendance rate at schools in the area.
“Iraq is a country that is always misjudged by the mass media,” reports an Iraqi newspaper in reference to research statistics from The University of Babylon. In order to address the problem, a cultural exchange program between Iraqi and US students was founded in 2007 and has since gone from strength to strength.
Many millions of women around the world wear the hijab every day, widely considered to be a compulsory item of clothing within the religion of Islam. However some women choose not to, and speaking to a number of Yemeni Muslims there are a variety of reasons for their decisions.
Selling alcohol, cigarettes, candy and newspaper is Adem's everyday job. The Turkish man is a husband and a father of two girls. He owns a small 'kiosk', a shop in Münster, Germany, and runs it by himself. This is the portrait of a strong man accepting his 'kismet' (destiny).
When sun sets during the month of Ramadan families gather to break the fasting and celebrate the most important time of the year according to the muslim calendar. For children in Iraq the century old tradition of Majena turns the nights of Ramadan into a special sweet experience. Mohammad Ali Al-Salim gives an impression on the children's perspective on Ramadan in the city of Babylon, Iraq.