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These posts are from Rising Voices, a Global Voices project that helps create and develop citizen media in places where people don't normally have access to it.

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Earth Defenders Toolkit launched to help communities navigate digital tools for defending environmental rights

Launched in July 2021, the toolkit aims to enable grassroots environmental protection communities to find and use the resources most helpful to them without seeding their dependence on external support.

These African animators are saving their native languages using cartoons

Animation is an effective way of teaching young Africans life skills and languages that are often not taught in schools, as most African governments adopt official languages while discouraging native ones.

WATCH: Indigenous+Digital: How young people are revitalizing their native languages on the internet

Missed the live stream of the July 13 Global Voices Insights webinar about the role of young people in Indigenous language revitalization? Here's a replay.

An activist's effort to put his native language Dagbani on the digital map

"The representation of multiple languages online is one way to ensure that all the different ways of seeing the world by different people are captured and well-preserved."

Inspiring new generations of Balinese language speakers through superheroes and wikis

"Unequal access to digitalization is our biggest problem. Internet users continue to grow, but in reality not all areas in Bali have adequate internet access."

Digital discourse: How going online is keeping Kadazan and other indigenous languages alive in Borneo

"The indigenous languages don’t have to stay in dusty cabinets. We can use technology to have our languages and cultures available online."

Should there be Shona-language versions of Google and social media sites? This Zimbawean technologist says yes

"Native speakers should be at the forefront of researching and producing these tools as they better understand their own language."

For stateless and scattered Tibetans, a new online tool helps voters make an informed choice

The reliable online platform, created by a group of Swiss Tibetans, allows candidates and voters to communicate effectively, and although it overcame some challenges, others are work in progress.

Ghanaian digital activist pushes for more online visibility for the Dagbani language

Sadik Shahadu: "Even though there are offline Dagbani resources and learning materials in most public libraries in some schools from the north, getting access to them is somehow difficult."

Digital resources are the key to saving the ‘definitely endangered’ Nepalbhasa language

Community efforts recently led to the launch of an online dictionary containing close to 30,000 entries, making it the largest repository of linguistic data for the Nepalbhasa language to date.

How a Salvadoran artist teaches Nawat to empower transgender people

A two-spirit theatre troupe celebrates the members’ indigenous ancestors, and themselves as transgender people, through language and art.

The watchtower on the mountain of Dagestan's indigenous languages

Kaitag, a language variant of the Dargwa family, is spoken in Dagestan's mountainous villages, but has a limited digital presence. Digital activists like Magomed Magomedov are working to change this.

Taking the Laz language online, one project at a time: An interview with Eylem Bostanci

Global Voices spoke with Eylem Bostancı, a project coordinator at the Laz Institute, an Istanbul-based organization dedicated to promoting the Laz language and culture.

Global Voices to collaborate with UNESCO on a digital activism toolkit for promoting languages online

A new Rising Voices-UNESCO project will be co-designed with networks of language digital activists to share best practices and strategies to overcome existing challenges.

Rising Voices’ Activismo Lenguas initiative receives International Mother Language Award

“This award is a testament to the impact that language digital activists are having across Latin America and the great potential of their work."

Updating Uyghur: The power of online discussions for language preservation

Though spoken by over 10 million people, the Uyghur language is struggling to adapt to modern life and overcome heavy censorship and language elimination in China

Indigenous-led telecommunications organization wins historic legal battle in Mexico

The Indigenous-led telecommunications organization can continue to provide affordable cell phone access to local communities in Oaxaca.

First Nations artist explores ‘indigenous futurisms’ in his Woodland-style work

"I was given a key that had unlocked the door to exploring futuristic indigenous concepts within my own mind, and more imaginative concepts as a whole."

Combating misinformation in under-resourced languages: Lessons from around the world

A recent webinar explored how underresourced language communities may be at a disadvantage to tackle misinformation and access media literacy resources.

To revitalise their ‘severely endangered’ language, Gitxsan internet users get creative

The Indigenous Gitxsan language is under siege, but by harnessing the very technology that threatens to erase it, one Facebook Group, Gitxsan Got Talent, is renewing interest in the language.

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