“E-Mediat is a very important workshop. I personally learned lots of new things related to the pages and websites I already had been using but in a more professional way. (E-Mediat) helped me to learn new techniques and strategies for networking and connecting with others,” stated Nahla Elmounir, Media Officer for the Safadi Foundation.
This humanitarian and development agency established ten years ago in Tripoli, Lebanon, has a special focus on building the capacity of women, youth and disenfranchised populations.
After her participation in the E-Mediat training workshop, Nahla was invited to travel to Marseille and Malta for a training workshop for the project “Women’s Media in the Euromed,” funded by the EU.
This workshop focused on women’s empowerment in the Mediterranean countries, highlighting changes made by women, and encouraging society to support these changes.
After her experience in the E-Mediat sessions on the importance of social media for advertising ideas and encouraging people to get involved, she decided to open a social group page for the 20 trainees, comprised of eight women from Lebanon, four from Italy, four from France, and four from Malta. They named it WME on Facebook. The group page helped link trainees and trainers with each other and the larger society.
The group is now working on publicizing the documentary they produced after the training through this page, using their personal and national profiles. Nahla also took advantage of the E-Mediat sessions to help guide the development of her personal and national profile.
The group is currently working on building a network agency to support women in the Mediterranean countries, building on the skills Nahla gained in E-Mediat’s session on networking.
In her own words, “I have been using these skills I learned in E-Mediat and I will continue to use them in our organization to announce our activities and projects to society, and to continue networking and connecting with people…. Thank you, E-Mediat.”