IREX Europe, as part of its European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights funded project in Central Asiais developing the potential of local media to raise awareness of key issues affecting women and children in Central Asia and empower civil society to take appropriate action.
Journalism workshops took place in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan in February 2009. Teams made up of a journalist, an NGO expert and young people spent three days researching and producing challenging reports on social issues to raise awareness of key issues effecting women and children and the rights of women and vulnerable groups. Newspaper feature articles were published in the local and regional press as well as on the project website and social networking sites like Facebook. The best articles were entered into a competition with the winners receiving laptop computers, study trips to Yekaterinburg and near-professional digital cameras.