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BBC Turns Spotlight on Young Arab Women

Arab News (Saudi Arabia) , February 28, 2005

Summary:

Young Arab women are getting a chance to air their views — literally — over the BBC Arabic Service.

The “My Life” project by the BBC World Service Trust enables young women in the Arab world to develop their own media portfolios, or audiovisual stories, while exploring their aspirations for the future.

The producers held creative media and storytelling workshops in four countries — Egypt, Syria, Yemen and last week in Saudi Arabia in partnership with Effat College.

BBC Arabic Service is already featuring the stories of the girls from Egypt, Syria and Yemen on its website and will add the Saudi girls’ stories in March. The BBC News as well as BBC Arabic Radio also might feature the stories.

The theme of the project is “Where I Am Now and Where I Want to Be by 2015 .” The objective is to encourage young women from the Arab world to voice their dreams and empower their voices.

Subjects Covered: digital storytelling, personal storytelling


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