Since 2007, Blog Action Day has brought together over 27,000 bloggers from different countries, backgrounds and interests together to draw attention to an important global issue for one day. Blog Action Day 2013 will be held on October 16, and will focus on the theme of Human Rights.
Blog Action Day is free and open for bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, graphic designers, animators, photographers and data geeks to take part. Previous Blog Action Day participants have included the Official US White House blog, a classroom of students in Thailand, a network of women bloggers in Africa, fashion bloggers in the UK, and many others. So far, bloggers from 114 countries have registered to take part in Blog Action Day 2013.
Karina Brisby, Director of Blog Action Day, on why blogging can be a force for positive social change:
"Blog Action Day taps into the desire of people online to connect and converse on significant issues. It also helps bloggers to become active citizens, joining a growing movement of people who want to communicate and contribute to positive social change and better their understanding of important issues, in a way that is meaningful to them"
To ensure that the Blog Action Day community of bloggers have access to great resources and information on our theme, Blog Action Day has partnered with not-for-profits in the Human Rights sector.
Blog Action Day is proud to announce that it is partnering with the internationally recognised not-for-profits Amnesty International, Article 19, Help Age International, Walk Free, Prisoners Abroad, Global Voices, Spark International, ONE, International Citizen Service, Global Exchange, and Heifer International who all bring unique perspectives and insight on Human Rights for our Bloggers to consider in their posts.
Thomas Hughes, Executive Director of Article 19 on why he thinks Blog Action Day is an important way to highlight and tackle human right abuses:
“Blog Action Day is an important opportunity for bloggers around the world to join together to shine a light on a key issue. It is pertinent that this year’s theme is human rights. Bloggers around the world are increasingly the victims of human rights abuses themselves - frequently they are attacked and persecuted as a result of what they say online.”
“More and more, we see governments restricting freedom of expression online. In places where the traditional media is heavily regulated, the internet is a vital space for public debate. Across the globe, many bloggers now stand shoulder to shoulder with the traditional media as the watchdogs of society. We must make sure that bloggers are free to communicate, voice criticism and raise issues in the public interest.”
Blog Action Day also partners with a diverse range of digital partners who provide opportunities for our community to widen their conversation and interact with other bloggers around the world such as Human Friendly Fashion Bloggers Consortium, Kabissa - space for change in Africa, UK Blogging Awards, MissA.com, Bloggers Required, and BloggUp, as well as key partners Engaging Networks and Core Collaboration who provide tools and resources that enable Blog Action Day to run.
Sara Haghdoosti, founder of Berim, a new Iranian organization:
"Bloggers often cover the stories that mainstream media does not, that's why around the world in oppressive regimes, they are often harassed and arrested."
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