Announcing the BlogHer '13 International Activist Scholarship Recipients!
Since 2009, the BlogHer International Activist Scholarship has been providing women across the globe the opportunity to come to the states and showcase their work before a wider audience.From Bolivia to Malawii, Afghanistan to Argentina, Sudan to Trinidad, Haiti to Zimbabwe, these women have shown us the impact that blogging have have to a community, a region, a nation, and the world.
This year Elisa, Lisa, Jory and I, along with the International Activist Selection committee members Cheryl Contee from Jack and Jill Politics, author and advocate Elizabeth Blackney, BlogHer News & Politics Editor Grace Hwang-Lynch, Jeannine Harvey from ONE, BlogHer Publishing Network Manager Jenifer Monroe, and 2012 International Activist Scholarship recipient Maha El-Sanosi, are thrilled to welcome four more incredible women doing important work to the US, Chicago, and all of you!
Ayesha Sultana, a Pakistan Native residing in Canada, writes at Dance of Red to shed light on gender violence and sexual violence, and its wider impact on society.
Jennifer Tosch comes to us from The Netherlands, where she works to explore and share the 'hidden histories' of the African Diaspora throughout the world, many of the stories focus on Africa and the former colonies of the Netherlands, through her site and Facebook page, Black Heritage Tours.
Zeng Jinyan was honored in both 2007 and 2009, but was unable to attend due to being under house arrest in China because of her blog and her husband's work as an environmental and AIDS activist. (Her journey has been well-documented here on BlogHer.com.) Named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007, Zeng Jinyan was allowed to move to Hong Kong and can travel. We couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to host her. Finally.
We can't wait to tell you more about each of these amazing women over the coming months, and to introduce you to them in Chicago this July at this year's International Activist panel at BlogHer '13!
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