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स्टॉप एसिड अटैक्स

स्टॉप एसिड अटैक्स (एसएए) एक अभियान है जो एसिड हिंसा से पीड़ित महिलाओं को लड़ने का हौसला देता है. 21वीं सदी के भारत में महिलाओं पर तेजाब से हमले जैसे जघन्य अपराध हो रहे हैं और दुख की बात है कि समाज इन अपराधों पर कोई अंकुश नहीं लगा पा रहा है. ऐसे में एसएए पीड़ित महिलाओं को आत्मनिर्भर बनाने का और उन्हें समाज में सम्मानजनक जगह दिलवाने का काम करता है. अभियान का मकसद है कि वे महिलाएं, जिन्हें तेजाब हमले से जूझना पड़ा है, वे खुद को अकेला और कमजोर महसूस न करें. इन महिलाओं के लिए नई जिंदगी की राहें आसान करने में एसएए अपना योगदान दे रहा है.

Hass hilft

“Hass hilft” is a campaign launched by Exit, a German group dedicated to helping former neo-Nazis far-right scene and reintegrate into society. The idea behind “Hass hilft” is that every time you see hate speech on Facebook you can comment on it with a banner from the campaign that says “Hate Helps.” For every hate-post, one euro is donated to organizations that help refugees or support people in leaving radical Nazi groups. The project raised more than 10,000 euros.

Tech for Good


Gershad is a newly launched smart phone application that aims to help Iranians dodge the Islamic Republic's morality police who enforce behavior codes as well as Islamic dress, including the compulsory hijab. It is an innovative project that could lead to the creation of other applications to help Iranians bypass some of the state restrictions they face in their daily lives. The data for the app is crowd-sourced and relies on users pointing out the location of morality police vans on maps. When a sufficient number of users mark the same point, an alert will show up on the map for other users. When the number decreases, the alert gradually fades from the map.

Ramy Raoof

Ramy Raoof is a digital rights and security researcher. While he addresses a variety of topics, Ramy’s research focuses on tracing surveillance technologies and behavior by the state as well as ways of reducing surveillance.

Arts and Culture

Zentrum für politische Schönheit

The "Center for Political Beauty" organizes protests at the border between art and politics. Through provoking protest forms, the Center for Political Beauty managed to grab the public’s attention for a variety of topics, including the tragedy of the refugees dying in the Mediterranean Sea, how closed borders affect human rights and weapons exports to developing countries.

GMB Akash

Bangladeshi photographer GMB Akash considers photography to be the language in which he communicates with the world. Through his photos, he articulates the experiences of the voiceless and brings their identities to the forefront.

Citizen Journalism

Razor’s Edge

Bangladesh has seen a number of attacks on secular bloggers in 2015, including attacks that killed four atheist bloggers and a secular publisher. All the victims opposed religious fundamentalism and advocated for a secular society. Radical Islamist groups claimed responsibility for the killings. A blogger who was repeatedly targeted by Islamists has made a documentary about the current situation facing atheist bloggers, writers and publishers in Bangladesh. The documentary shows how top politicians support the killing of bloggers in the Muslim-majority country.

Vahid Online

Vahid Online is run by an Iranian citizen journalist who has devoted his life to providing uncensored news and information to others. In recent months, he’s launched a highly valuable channel on the mobile messaging app Telegram that remains unfiltered in Iran. Vahid Online curates and redistributes vital information to his followers and is a must follow for journalists, media workers and anyone interested in news and information about Iran’s political and social events.

User Award Arabic


Za2eed18 is an Egyptian portal that takes a brave, critical look at the topics interesting young people in Egypt as well as other Arab countries.

User Award Bengali

German Probashe

German Probashe is a website for Bengali students living in Germany. It provides information and helps them integrate into German society. Thanks to this website, newcomers from Bangladesh find support from Bengali expats who have been residing in Germany for years.

User Award Chinese

Media Monitor for Women Network

Since 2012, a group of young women’s rights activists has launched a series of campaigns. “The bloodstained bride” is one held in the streets to encourage women to fight against domestic violence. On March 8, 2015, International Women’s Day, five feminist activists from this group were arrested for planning to distribute stickers on buses to raise awareness of sexual harassment on public transportation and were detained on charges of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles.” Thirty-seven days later, “The Feminist Five” were released on bail, under tremendous domestic and international pressure.

User Award English

Open Migration

This online project has two main aims: first, to use research and data to challenge misinformation about the many people currently fleeing their homes in search of refuge and, second, to promote and protect migrants’ rights. Open Migration achieves both these goals with its infographics, commentary, news reporting, feature stories and analysis.

User Award French

Rythmes d’Afrique

“Rythmes d’Afrique, Racines – RAR,” or African Rythem, Roots, shows Africa’s cultural diversity with reports about theater, music, street art and literature, to name a few topics. Orphelie Thalmas, who was named Ivory Coast’s best blogger in 2014, started the platform three years ago, and the platform now also publishes correspondents reports and op-eds.

User Award German


#YouGeHa is a campaign of German YouTubers with a large fanbase who create videos against racism and prejudice. Together they reached out to millions of their viewers and called for people to take a stand against racism in all aspects of our lives.

User Award Hindi


चौपाल विचारों को समर्पित एक ओपन प्लैटफॉर्म हैं. मसालेदार पत्रकारिता से हटकर यहां एक ऐसा मंच उपलब्ध कराने की कोशिश की गई है जहां समसामयिक मसलों पर गंभीरता से विचार व्यक्त किए जा सके. इस पेज पर अच्छे और महत्वपूर्ण विचार सिर्फ दिल्ली या मुंबई जैसे महानगरों से ही नहीं आते, बल्कि ये सुदूर गांव या कस्बे में बैठे किसी भी सामान्य-जन के हो सकते हैं. चौपाल एक गैर-लाभकारी प्रयास है. वेबसाइट का दावा है कि यदि भविष्य में इससे कुछ आय होती है, तो उसका उपयोग जरूरतमंदों की शिक्षा के लिए किया जाएगा.

User Award Indonesian


Qureta is an effort to cultivate the literary tradition in Indonesia. In response to the growth of websites promoting intolerance and ignorance, Qureta seeks to be an oasis of thought.

User Award Persian

Kabul Taxi

Kabul Taxi is considered Afghanistan’s first satirical Facebook page. The creators have been pushing boundaries by criticizing politicians and highlighting social problems in Afghanistan, including widespread corruption. The popular page has created a platform for Afghans to raise their voices against the problems in their society and express their dissatisfaction over issues affecting their lives, including nepotism, corruption, and insecurity. The page has irritated Afghan authorities who had reportedly summoned several journalists they believed were running the page.

User Award Portuguese

Amazonia Real

The Amazon rainforest makes up half of Brazil, but there is little news about the region in the Brazilian press, which concentrates in São Paulo, Brasília and Rio de Janeiro. Amazonia Real is an excellent source of information about the Amazon - its politics, economy, environment and indigenous peoples.

User Award Russian


At "Antijournalist" (Belarus), the blogger and media analyst from Belarus Viktor Malishevskiy describes and dryly comments on official statistics published by official state media. A typical example: "Since the presidential election (December 2010) the average salary of a Belorussian citizen rose from 1,595,900 to 6,536,100 rubles - or from 531 dollars to 450 dollars."

User Award Spanish

Asociación Animalista Libera

Libera is an association to protect animal rights that has been working for many years in Barcelona. The group’s campaigns inform and create awareness about the conditions and lives of animals. It’s an important topic in Spain, a country with many traditions that use animals as objects.

User Award Turkish


A civic initiative to list all sites banned in Turkey. An ongoing project since 2008, the site is updated and funded by visitors.

User Award Ukrainian

The Price of the State

"We'll explain the budget so you'll finally understand where your taxes have gone and so you can have an impact," that’s how the experts at this project explain their goal. "The Price of the State" provides easily understandable answers to complicated questions as well as two interactive "calculators." The first one is called "the bill from the state" and shows what taxes people pay from their income. The second is called "pension calculator" and shows the state of the future Ukrainian pension system according to current law. "The Price of the State" is run by the Eastern Europe Fund and the CASE-Ukraine NGO with financial support of the European Union.