New project I AM @ MEDIA for Ukrainian female civil activists
New project „I AM @ MEDIA“ aimed at Ukrainian female civil activists launched
Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at University of Tartu is happy to announce the launch of “I AM @ MEDIA“ project, which will be run from 6 September 2021 to 30 June 2022 in cooperation with Ukrainian Human Rights Foundation. The initiative is supported by the 2020 – 2023 Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid to Eastern Partnership countries programme of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The project is meant to enforce women and girls to become active social and community actors, political leaders at regional and national levels ensuring that their voices are not lost in the still ongoing military conflict in Ukraine. The main target group is internally displaced women, as well as women's rights defenders, journalists / bloggers who try to convey the needs of IDPs to the public. The goal of the project is to create an East-wide platform containing countless number of blogs, a minimum of two advocacy campaigns online, number of digital networks locally, and inter-regional events which will enable suitable liaison with local authorities to pursue further reforms and attract a bigger number of people. The mass media will create a network for joint e-advocacy campaigns in 2021-2022 with the aim of encouraging joint cooperation initiatives between IDPs and vulnerable population to promote local development.
Project activities have already started in Ukraine. The first inception seminar took place on 7 September 2021, where the initiative group of the project met online to discuss areas of its implementation in the Chernihiv region. The group discussed issues related to the public presentation of the project on 15 September 2021, as well as the first project activities which are taking place in September 2021. The second inception seminar and presentation of the project was held in Sumy region.
From 17 to 20 September 2021 Interregional Training “1325: Women, Peace, Security” will take place in Chernihiv. Interregional Training on “Videoblogging and Advocacy: We Watch You” will subsequently be held in Chernihiv from 24 to 27 September 2021.
Additional information: Jaak Erik Laja, Project Manager, jaak.erik.laja [ät] ut.ee