#FirstPersonStories

EED cooperates with hundreds of dedicated organisations and courageous individuals. Many take huge personal risks to push democratic values. Through a series of fresh and compelling personal narrative stories, we offer an insight into our grantees – their work, their struggle and their shared determination to make a difference. 

 

  • Ruşen Çakir and Medyascope

    Using new technology to keep independent media alive in Turkey

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  • Sami Ben Gharbia – Nawaat

    Giving voice to the voiceless

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  • Biladi Institute for Human Rights

    Fighting for basic human rights for migrants in Libyan detention centres

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  • Tbilisi Pride

    Starting a public conversation about LGBT rights in Georgia

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  • Fourth Power

    A newspaper known for satire has a new life in Armenia’s post-revolutionary media landscape

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  • Sentiers-Massarib

    Cinema clubs bring social debate to young people in marginalised Tunisian communities

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  • Governance Monitoring Centre

    Monitoring corruption and public spending, convincing citizens to vote

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  • Ucha Nanuashvili

    Monitoring Covid-19 in Abkhazia and South Ossetia

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  • Alia Ibrahim

    Providing for a network of independent media throughout the Arab speaking world

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  • Šuhreta (Duda) Sokolović

    Školokrečina: building a common identity through education

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  • Drita Llolla

    Film festivals that promote intercultural knowledge and dialogue

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  • Alexander Elisashvili

    A new career as a video-clip producer during Covid-19 and a new political party

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  • Jovana Radosavljević

    Promoting dialogue among Kosovo’s communities

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  • Anna Nikoghosyan

    Creating a space in Yerevan where activists, scholars and artists can come together

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  • Lika Zakashvili

    Publika.ge – providing independent news for young people in Georgia during Covid-19

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  • Noémi Lévy-Aksu

    A dismissed academic is at the centre of a project to help Turkey’s solidarity academies

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  • Inna Bilous

    Helping vulnerable children in Odesa during the Covid-19 pandemic

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  • Shota Dighmelashvili

    Leading the peaceful protest movement in Georgia

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  • Irina Chernysh

    An eco-activist determined to combat pollution in Ukraine

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  • Lilit Martirosyan

    Fighting for the rights of transgender people in Armenia

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  • Andriy Kulykov

    A leading independent talk-radio show in Ukraine

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  • Karine Davtyan

    Empowering women of the Shirak region in Armenia

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  • Yuliy Morozov

    Creating new networks of civic society and political activists in Kryvyi Rih

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  • Lora Sari

    Using literature to break down barriers between Turkish and Armenian communities

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  • Dumitru Alaiba

    On the road with Dumitru Alaiba

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  • Senem Aytaç

    Empowering the independent film community in Turkey against threats to free expression

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  • Zyna Mejri

    Rebel with A Cause

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  • Lusine Kharatyan

    Bringing Critical Thinking to Armenia’s Education System

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  • Lobna Jeribi

    Improving Participation in Tunisia’s Decision-making

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  • Artur Gurau

    How a New Digital Media in Moldova is Competing with Clickbait Disinformation

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  • Sergiu Tofilat

    Blowing the Whistle on Corruption in Moldova

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  • Roman Maselko

    A Ukrainian Lawyer’s Fight for the Rule of Law

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  • Ramy Khouili

    Using History to Open the Debate on Decriminalising Homosexuality in Tunisia

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  • Megaphone

    A Hidden Collective Revolutionising the Lebanese Media Landscape

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  • Yaman Akdeniz

    Turkish Lawyer Battles through the Courts to Protect Freedom of Expression

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  • Mouhamad Mallak

    Supporting independent media for Syrian women, by Syrian women

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  • Vrezh Varzhapetyan

    Speaking up for sexual orientation and gender identity rights

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  • Ksenia Nezhivaya

    Unlocking the potential of young people in Pavlograd

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  • Svitlana Kolodii

    Building a network of trust in Eastern Ukraine

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  • Bassam Alahmad

    From book-lover to human rights defender: seeking the truth for Syria

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  • Vitaly Furmanyuk

    Stamping out corruption in education in Ukraine

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  • Maria Kulchytska-Volchko

    Bringing independent journalism to Drohobych

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  • Arman Gharibyan

    Ensuring media scrutiny of Armenia's courtroom trials

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  • Kareem Abeed

    Aleppo's last reporters: risking their lives in pursuit of truth

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  • Hakima Lebbar

    Involving men in women's inheritance rights through the arts

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  • Natalia Antelava

    Crises revisited

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  • Karam Hilly

    ‘We are building an army for peace’

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  • Dmytro Bulakh

    Uncovering corruption in Ukraine

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  • Lesia Vasylenko

    Lawyers take up fight for Ukraine war veterans

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  • Ramsey Tesdell

    Digital revival of the Arab storytelling tradition

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  • Isam Uraiqat

    Breaking limits in the Middle East

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  • Polina Cupcea

    Media initiative exposes widespread injustice in Moldova

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  • Ashraf Al Hafny

    Touch of a rose: reaching out to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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  • Daniel Ioannisian

    Paying the price for exposing Armenian election fraud

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  • Safya Akorri

    Shining the spotlight on Moroccan politics

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  • Aisha Mansour

    Healthy food and strong communities: a recipe for Palestinians’ future

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  • Kaied Maari

    Multimedia platform gives a voice to young Palestinian refugees

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  • Abdulnassir Baghdadi

    Restoring faith in Libya’s democratic transition

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  • Tamer Adel

    CSO faces uphill battle to empower Egyptian youth

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  • Serhiy Zhukovskiy

    In Eastern Ukraine, project incubator turns citizens into activists

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  • Ammar Youzbachi

    Bringing hope to Lebanon’s Palestinian refugees

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  • Armen Grigoryan

    Independent observers set new standard for election monitoring in Armenia

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  • Abdelwaheb Madhi

    From the household to politics: Tunisian NGO propels women into political fray

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  • Yassin Al-Haj Saleh

    A lifetime of dissent

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  • Sergiy Sydorenko

    In Ukraine, website fills gap in media coverage of EU

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  • Polina Ceastuhina | Victoria Apostol

    Feminist group takes on sexism in Moldova

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  • Katya Gorchinskaya

    Ambitious plans for independent TV channel in Ukraine

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  • Majd Chourbaji

    Crusading activist empowers women for a democratic Syria

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  • Leyla and Arif Yunus

    Book project a lifeline for exiled Azerbaijan dissidents

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  • Yuriy Fylyuk

    'We are better people than we think'

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