Text Size:
Updated On: Saturday, 15 December 2018
Development Issues

Women as Influencers

DAKAR, Oct 11 2018 (IPS) - The Migrants as Messengers awareness-raising campaign (MaM), developed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), uses innovative mobile technology to empower migrants to share their experiences and to provide a platform for others to do the same.

By capturing the migration experiences on-camera and sharing the videos on Facebook, the campaign aims to educate potential migrants and their families about the risks involved in irregular migration. It also presents alternatives to migrating on routes that run dangerously through the desert, on to the Mediterranean Sea, and often lead to indefinite detention in North African countries like Libya.

MaM, funded by the government of the Netherlands, is a regional project run in Senegal, Guinea-Conakry, and Nigeria. It trains migrants who return home, like Ndiaye and Fatou Sall, in videography, interviewing, migration reporting, and online advocacy, so they can volunteer as ‘citizen journalists,’ or more appropriately, ‘migrant messengers.’ So far, IOM has trained nearly 80 migrants, referred to as Volunteer Field Officers, across the three participating countries; about one-third of the volunteers in Senegal are women.

Trending Now

Regional & Global Development News

Caught Between 2 Powers, Canada Feeling Alone

Content by: Voice of America TORONTO — First U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Canada on trade. Then Saudi Arabia punished it for speaking up ...

Western Officials Discuss Hezbollah's Latin Efforts

Content by: Voice of America A U.S.-led Western Hemisphere ministerial on counterterrorism this week discussed Hezbollah's activities in Latin ...

Nicaragua Lawmakers Block Operation of NGOs Critical of Ortega

Content by: Voice of America MANAGUA, NICARAGUA — Nicaraguan lawmakers on Thursday blocked five nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that had been ...

US Customs Finds 70 Finches in Hair Rollers

Content by: Voice of America Customs officials at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport say they found 70 live finches hidden inside hair ...

GET CONNECTED WITH US

Subscribe to our newsletter