Egyptian Blog–the Violet Revolution–Wins International Blog Contest

Eman Hashim’s Feminist Blog Takes the First Place Award in the “Best Blog Arabic” Category

By Julia Hanweck

Please refer to the April 4, 2011 post for more information regarding: Deutsche Welle’s blog contest; my interviews with Eman Hashim, who is a pediatric ophthalmologist for special needs children; her participation in the Egyptian Revolution; and her blogs.

Congratulations! Mabruck!  Herzlichen Gluckwunsch!  Egyptian Blogger and Cairo native, Eman Hashim, has made history.  Her “Violet Revolution” blog won first place in Deutsche Welle’s 7th Annual BOBs (Best of Blogs) 2011 Contest.

"Violet Revolution" celebration for Eman Hashim in Cairo, Egypt. She proudly holds up her Deutsche Welle BOBs' award.

Out of the 11 finalists, the “Violet Revolution” took the lead with the highest percentage of votes–35%–in the “Best Blog Arabic” category.  The 2nd place winner came in with 23% and the 3rd place winner with 15%.

“Coming from voters it pays off that my voice is really touching people,” said 30 year old Hashim when I asked her how she felt after winning.  “It’s amazing, I feel great. I have been working on women’s rights since 2008 and blogging on my own without a group behind me.” 

The 2011 BOBs was celebrated at Deutsche Welle’s 2011 international conference, “Human Rights in a Globalized World: Challenges for the Media.”  Deutsche Welle is Germany’s international television, internet and radio broadcaster and translates into English as “German Wave.”  Deutsche Welle has been broadcasting for over 55 years and provides worldwide news coverage that is accessible in 30 languages around the globe. 

As a delegate attending the conference in Bonn, Germany from June 20 to June 22, 2011, I had the honor of meeting numerous delegates and representatives from Deutsche Welle, including the Director General, Erik Bettermann.

The opening ceremony paid tribute to the people in the Middle East struggling for their right to freedom and self-determination.  In light of events around the world, the 2011 international conference placed special emphasis on human rights.

"For me, 2011 is the year for human rights," said Erik Bettermann, Director General of Deutsche Welle (Germany's international broadcaster) at the opening ceremony of the Deutshe Welle Global Media Forum and conference, "Human Rights in a Globalized World: Challenges for the Media" (Photo by Julia Hanweck, Bonn, Germany, June 20, 2011)

"For me, 2011 is the year of human rights," said Erik Bettermann, Director General of Deutsche Welle, at the opening ceremony of the Global Media Forum & Conference, "Human Rights in a Globalized World: Challenges for the Media" (Photo by Julia Hanweck, Bonn, Germany, June 20, 2011)

At the opening ceremony, Erik Bettermann, Director General of Deutsche Welle, referred to the upheaval in the Middle East and said, “For me, 2011 is the year of human rights.” 

“The media can be a powerful instrument in implementing human rights by serving as a bridge for information and as a tool toward insight,” said Bettermann.  “Social media—especially Facebook, Twitter and blogs—have created new impetus.  They are the communicative driver and catalyst of civil campaigns and protest movements.”

The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum is a congress with international reach.  Over 1,600 delegates from approximately 100 countries attended this year’s conference.

Hashim’s blog, the “Violet Revolution,” became a finalist in Deutsche Welle’s 2011 blog contest after the Egyptian Revolution and won the first place award in the “Best Blog Arabic” category because of her courage, dedication and genuine concern regarding issues related to human rights.  The words for “violet revolution” are pronounced “thawrat al banafseg” in Egyptian Arabic (revolution = “thawrat” and the violet/purple = “al banafseg”).  Hence, her blog’s website is: www.thawratalbanafseg.blogspot.com.

Well aware that the transition to democracy in Egypt will take time, patience and perseverance, Hashim is committed to bringing positive change to her society.  She will continue to write her blogs and reach out to readers in all corners of the world because she is determined to be a part of the solution both inside and outside of Egypt. 

Her focus has been primarily on domestic/family violence because she feels that domestic violence is one of the reasons that there are so many problems in Egyptian society and in all societies.  The tentacles of severe problems, that domestic violence causes, reach and suck onto individuals, families, communities and entire societies.

Hashim stressed that there are no borders when it comes to the pain people experience from domestic/family violence and all other types of human rights violations. 

She further added that, “No matter what culture, country, or religion a person comes from and no matter what their gender and age may be, victims and survivors of human rights violations feel the same pain.”

To find out more about the 2011 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum’s “Human Rights in a Globalized World: Challenges for the Media” conference program, speakers, and partners, please go to: www.dw-gmf.de.  

Below: screen shot from Deutsche Welle’s BOBs contest and the “Violet Revolution” blog’s 1st place win.  (Click to enlarge or open web-link)

Below: screen shot from Eman Hashim’s “tweet” when her “Violet Revolution” blog won 1st place in the “Best Blog Arabic” category.  (Click to enlarge)

Copyright (c) 2011. Human Rights, Our Greatest Needs: We must thrive, not just survive.  By Julia Hanweck.  All Rights Reserved.

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Master of Arts in Communication from San Diego State University; Bachelor of arts in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder. At the university level, she has taught communication, public speaking, and writing courses for both international and American students. Copyright (c) 2011. By Julia Hanweck. Human Rights, Our Greatest Needs: We must thrive, not just survive. All Rights Reserved. View all posts by juliahanweck.wordpress.com

4 responses to “Egyptian Blog–the Violet Revolution–Wins International Blog Contest

  • Bonita

    Very brave lady- Sayeda Eman- God Bless her and keep her safe…And thankyou to her for having the courage to speak out for those who have no voice and fear to speak..Great article Julia- thankyou for bringing all these events that we don’t know about and don’t have time to find to our attention in this consolidated forum blog. Bonita in Virginia

  • Dina

    I love reading about people like Eman Hashim who really give from their heart and soul to honor their country. She has not only made her country proud but millions of others around the world look to her for a raw documenting of history in modern times. Julia, thank you so much for your incredible contibution and for capturing this incredible spirit and for recognizing her in your article. She is a fantastic one to keep an eye on and continue to look out for.
    – Dina in Boston, MA

    • juliahanweck.wordpress.com

      Dina, thank you for posting your comment. Eman Hashim’s achievements are newsworthy for a number of reasons. Not only is she an Egyptian woman who was nominated for and won a first place award in an international blog contest, but, this is Deutsche Welle’s “Best of Blogs” (BOBs) competition. Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany’s international television, internet and radio broadcaster. DW has been broadcasting for over 55 years and provides worldwide news coverage that is accessible in 30 languages around the globe.

      This is a prestigious blog award from a well-respected broadcaster and quite an achievement for a 30-year-old blogger. Thank you again for taking the time to read this post and to comment.

  • juliahanweck.wordpress.com

    Thank you Bonita for posting your comment. Blogging is one way for voices to be heard around the globe. This sentiment was echoed at the 2011 Deutsche Welle (DW) conference, “Human Rights in a Globalized World: Challenges for the Media.” Other bloggers, who won awards or spoke at the conference regarding human rights, demonstrated courage beyond imagination–bloggers from Tunisia, Syria, Mexico, Iran, Russia, Iraq, and others from Egypt (to name a few). The following link is a DW article about some of these other bloggers if you are interested:
    http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6501289,00.html
    Thank you for taking the time to provide such a thoughtful comment.

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