Diraya is a digital platform that maps media activist practices advocating human rights and gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa region. Diraya means “know-how” in Arabic and the platform presents six different case studies from media activist organizations from Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia, Iraq, Egypt and Jordan. On the website, young activists have shared their organizational practices, media tactics, constraints and policies with a wider international audience. These media activist organizations are at the forefront of the usage of media technologies aimed for advocacy of fundamental rights. From these case studies, the team of researchers has developed learning materials which can be downloaded from the website and used by media educators, journalists, activists and students with the aim of learning with and from these innovative practices.

The project began in April 2020 amidst the global pandemic, challenging the team to connect with media activists across the region with unstable WiFi connections, and work remotely between Sweden and Lebanon. The website, designed by MA Student and Researcher Farah Al-Saati, was launched in November and the learning materials have already been put to use in media activism courses in universities in Sweden, Lebanon and Qatar.

The initiative is funded by Creative Force, a Swedish Institute (SI) funding programme for the development of international collaborations that use art and media to strengthen democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression.

View the Diraya Website

دراية هي منصّة رقميّة ترصد الناشطين الإعلاميّين في الدفاع عن حقوق الإنسان والمساواة الجندريّة وتهدف إلى تعزيز البحوث الإعلاميّة. تقدّم هذه المنصّة  ست دراسات عن استخدام الناشطين للإعلام الرقمي والاجتماعي في منظّمات ناشطة إعلاميا من لبنان وفلسطين وتونس والعراق ومصر والأردن. من هذه النماذج، طوّر فريق الباحثين مواد تعليميّة يمكن تحميلها من المنصّة واستخدامها من قبل اساتذة الإعلام والصحفيّين/ات الناشطين/ات وطلّاب الإعلام بهدف استخدامها لأغراض تعليمية.


يتم تمويل المبادرة من قبل Creative Force وهو برنامج تمويل من المعهد السويدي (SI) لتطوير التعاون الدولي الذي يستخدم الفن والإعلام لتعزيز الديمقراطية وحقوق الإنسان وحرية التعبير.