How to use online tools to combat discrimination of Central Asian people in Russia

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Project Title:

How to use online tools to combat discrimination of Central Asian people in Russia NGO Project Lead: Tursunkhodja Yunuskhodjaev Project Participants: Alisher, Bakhty, Atadjan, Doniyar, …

Summary of the Problem

This is a description of the problem situation. What kind of people mission better if this problem is solved? Central Asian people face discrimination and violence in Russia. They often face employment discrimination, physical violence and intimidation. Central Asian people are often seen as a lower class in Russia. There is violence against them that is often unreported.

Proposed Solution

This should provide an outline of the basic need that would solve the above problem.

We need to create a network of Central Asian people in Russia, where they can report cases of violence and we also need to promote tolerance of Central Asian people through positive messages.

Technology to Solve the Problem

Areas of technology that you believe have the potential to solve this problem? (eg mobile devices, social networks, geospatial technology, etc.). As the proposed solution could be used?

Using Frontline SMS in conjunction with existing NGO’s in Russia that tackle discrimination. The SMS system would be used three ways

  • As a network for Central Asian people in Russian
  • A tool for people to anonymously report cases of discrimination in Russia ( people are currently reluctant to visit these NGO’s - who are all offline- as they don’t want to be identified)
  • And as a text alert system for security warnings of incidences of discrimination and violence against Central Asian

We would also set up a website to promote tolerance and mutually understanding of Central Asian people. The site would use video blogs from central Asian people in Russian, from street cleaners to businessmen and women. The video blogs would also include stories of Russian people with positive messages about Central Asian people. Video material would be in two languages in the person’s native language and in Russian.

The website would be hosted on youTube and people could share it on Facebook and Russian social media sites

Existing solutions or relevant links

What other information could help technologists working on this idea?

Frontline SMS YouTube I love Israel/ I Love Iran facebook pages I am a Mormon website

Follow-on Actions

Once a potential solution has been developed, what is your plan of action to implement it? Should arise as a series of steps and goals, preferably together with actions assigned to a specific group of people. Contact NGO’s with the suggestion of using Frontline SMS to create a text network Promote the SMS network in Central Asia Gather video blogs Design website to promote Central Asia Network with Russian and Central Asian bloggers Contact mainstream media in Russia and Central Asia about the campaign.

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