Voice for Success was initiated by en.v in collaboration with The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). This exciting initiative aimed to promote social activism in Kuwait by giving promising young activists greater visibility through targeted media platforms and campaigns throughout the course of 2011 and 2012.
The main objectives of the program were to:
1. Stimulate greater interaction and knowledge sharing amongst active civil society groups at a national level.
2. Raise awareness about the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time.
3. Encourage creativity and innovation amongst the younger generations.
4. Showcase and reward the efforts made by enterprising and committed youth promoting key social, political and environmental causes in Kuwait.
Through the course of the year, en.v created nine articles and 15 videos to illustrate the initiatives of outstanding individuals and organizations trying to make a positive contribution to Kuwaiti society.
The participants selected through the program included youth groups fighting against bullying and discrimination; child rights advocates and not for profit groups raising awareness about intellectual disabilities; initiatives promoting government accountability and civic participation, as well as environmental activists working on animal protection and marine conservation in Kuwait.
In September 2012 en.v held the ‘Voice for Success’ Online Competition, during which everyone was given the opportunity to vote for their favorite ‘Voice for Success’ initiative. The Competition’s three winners were: Dr. Alanoud Al Sharekh, leading Kuwaiti women’s rights activist, academic and political researcher; Maali Al Asousi, co-founder of the Business and Professional Women’s Kuwaiti chapter and founder and chairwoman of Tamkeen, a non-profit organization promoting development in the Arab world; and last but not least, Zeina Al Sultan, founder of the Special Mothers group working to raise awareness about adoption and promoting the rights of orphaned / abandoned children and adoptive parents in Kuwait.
The articles and videos created through the program received over 33,000 views on the en.v portal and social media properties, and almost 300 students from 21 different schools were given presentations on the importance of community engagement and advocacy through the Voice for Success educational roadshow.