What is Virtual Activism?
Virtual Activism is an independent non-governmental organization that promotes social equality and human rights through research, education, training, and advocacy programs. The main goals are promoting and facilitating the achievement of a more informed society in the Information Age; dissemination of information and raising awareness about ICT issues related to civil society with particular reference to women; advocacy aimed at achieving compliance with the Universal standards in the field of human rights and the universally recognized values of democracy.
Today, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are widely accepted as essential tools for reducing poverty, enhancing human development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, without visionary policy makers and other ICT-capable government officials the promise of a better future through the use of ICTs is unlikely to be realized. Having said that, it is also important to recognize the important role civil society has played and can play in introducing and using ICT for education and social mobilization on issues related to poverty, human rights, activism, development and democracy.
Virtual Activism was registered in the US in 2001 and since then it has been working in partnership with many local and international non-governmental organizations, providing not only Internet access, but also online training for NGOs around the world. Virtual Activism created a big network of NGOs who are making better use of ICTs to promote their work, and who are better informed about Internet advocacy issues and about ICT’s benefit in their work.
Virtual Activism has pioneered the introduction of digital media and information technology in the MENA Region and has worked in several Middle Eastern countries to provide training to nonprofit organizations on the use of technologies.