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MideastYouth.com: Facilitating the Struggle Against Oppression in the Middle East and North Africa

Nominated by Gabriella Gomez-Mont

MideastYouth.com--directed by the young and intoxicatingly passionate Esra´a Al Shafei--is a grassroots, indigenous digital network that uses the power of new media to facilitate the struggle against oppression in the Middle East and North Africa, integrating a highly diverse youth from all types of backgrounds. They are driven by the relentless belief in freedom of speech, and employ innovative solutions to pervasive and persistent human problems. Their projects include Migrant Rights, Alliance for Kurdish Rights, Muslim Network for Baha'i Rights, Free Kareem, the March 18 Movement, Postcards for Iran, and Mideast Tunes: Music for Social Change. They also create applications that help track regional activism, plus provide free web hosting, development, and design services to organizations and individuals that share their values but are in countries where Internet access is completely restricted, such as Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.


Image Credit(s): Images via Migrant Rights (top) and Kurdish Rights (bottom).


Gabriella Gómez-Mont is the founder of Tóxico Cultura and a TED Senior Fellow 2010-2013.


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