On March 28, 2021, Huna Sotak…Sawt Al Nahda will be launched as an independent youth website for blogging and new media; it is one of the initiatives of the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD), which seeks to make the voices of Arab youth wherever they are heard and to equip them with the tool needed to make their communities’ issues heard in the Arab world and the Shataat (diaspora).
“The platform is part ARDD’s youth enablement, right to information, freedom of expression and social cohesion programs. It also seeks to create a free space for dialogue between Arab youth of various intellectual backgrounds,” said ARDD’s CEO, Samar Muhareb.
Hun Sotak was established by RNW Media in 2010; a partnership was forged between RNW and ARDD in 2020, to equip youth with practical knowledge and social journalism skills that enable them to make their voices and the voices of their communities heard, and to play a role in strengthening social cohesion and solidarity within their communities. Their productions, as well as the contributions of active writers and journalists, were the seed of the launch of this new website.
A fourth authority, represented by a strong free media, is one of the foundations for building democratic Arab homelands accountable to their people. ARDD works through its various programs to consolidate the importance of professionalism in the public Arab discourse, and this platform comes to reinforce and renew the youth community journalism and to unleash the voices of Arab youth wherever they are to talk about all the issues that affect them and shape their future, and to enable them to contribute to effecting positive change in their communities.
The platform invites passionate and creative youth in the Arab world and the Shataat to share their ideas, opinions and aspirations, and send the contributions that help them make their voices heard to the website www.hunasotak.com