Buffer Zone Bloggers Media Update


Tune in tomorrow, Thursday 28 April 2011, 09:00, on the NGO Support Centre show, Η Κοινωνία των Πολιτών, on Radio Astra, 92.8 FM Stereo, and get the blurb on what the Buffer Zone Bloggers weekend is all about!


BIZ-ΕΜΕΙΣ will be covering the first day of the Buffer Zone Bloggers weekend which is Friday 29 April 2011. Hope to see all of you participating bright and ready for your close ups 😉


What are Human Rights?

Every Human Has Rights

Every Human Has Rights

We all know that we are human and that we have rights. We all know that there are organizations like Amnesty International fighting for those rights and therefore we know that human rights are being abused all around the world. Yet, how many of us are really familiar with our rights as human beings? How many of us have their rights knowingly or unknowingly violated? How did we come to have any rights in the first place?

Simple questions that every human being should ask. Through quick editing and animation, the following video by HumanRights.com gives a fast-paced introduction to Human Rights and their history from antiquity to the present. Following the video is the list of our 30 rights, as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For more information please visit Amnesty International or HumanRights.com.

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Choco-Coat.com: App against Child Slavery

This Easter, Anti-Slavery International has launched Choco-Coat.com, a fun app which raises awareness on child slavery in Ivory Coast’s cocoa production, “Recommended by lying cocoa traders everywhere!”
Choco-coat it


Easter is gone, leaving behind it the sweet taste of chocolate eggs that bring a smile to children’s faces and turn adults into children. The sweetness of Easter eggs can have a very bitter aftertaste though, when we realize that more than 15,000 children are reduced to live and work as slaves in the 60,000 cocoa farms of the Ivory Coast, the world’s larger producer of cocoa, raw material for chocolate. With the biggest chocolate manufacturing companies turning a blind eye to the fact, the unwitting consumer has a right to be enraged that money spent to bring sweetness and pleasure to loved ones, also helps finance an industry which preys on the young. Continue reading

Volunteers Make The Difference

European Year of Volunteering 2011

European Year of Volunteering 2011

2011 is the European Year of Volunteering. It is the chance for the European Commission to celebrate the commitment of millions of European volunteer workers, but also to launch a challenge to the three-quarters of the European population who do not do any volunteering. We would like to say to them that they can also make a difference.”

The definition of a volunteer is a simple one: a person who performs a service willingly and without pay. The impact of volunteers on an individual, as well as on a communal level is far reaching, though. A quarter of Europeans donate their free time without any remuneration in order to support schools, hospitals, and sports clubs, environmental protection, provision of social services and helping people in other countries. Their efforts, combined with those of the many thousands of volunteering organisations spread throughout the continent, make a huge difference to all our lives in countless, often imperceptible, ways. They offer their communities that necessary human support, which institutions often fail to provide on account of their, often, amorphous, managerial nature. Volunteers, on the other hand, choose beyond personal detachment and put their free time and energy to the service of their fellow humans. The reward is an increase in the quality of life, for everyone involved.

And where there is personal involvement, there are extraordinary human stories. In fact, sharing in the humanity of others is often reason enough for volunteers to dedicate themselves to a purpose. The creative and constructive power unleashed through voluntary activities is indeed a remarkably transformative experience. The video below is the story of Demetra Socratus, a young volunteer in Cyprus, working with children through the Cyprus Youth Board. It is her touching first-hand account of her experience with the International Childrens Film Festival of Cyprus’ bicommunal project, “Cyprus Artefacts in Action.”

Buffer Zone Bloggers Website: http://www.digime.org.cy/en/

Buffer Zone Bloggers is delighted to announce the launch of the DigiMe project website featuring Buffer Zone Bloggers:


All information you might need on the Buffer Zone Bloggers weekend can be found on it, in English, Greek and Turkish; plus lots of interesting extras! Journalists’ resources are available under the section Press and Media / MME / Basın & Medya. In case more details are necessary, Sarah from Cyprus Community Media Centre and Stelios from NGO Support Centre will be happy to assist you respectively on sarah@cypruscommunitymedia.orgor stelios@ngo-sc.org.

Buffer Zone Bloggers Press Release

Buffer Zone Bloggers English Press Release

Buffer Zone Bloggers English Press Release

Buffer Zone Bloggers Δελτίο Τύπου

Buffer Zone Bloggers Greek Press Release

Buffer Zone Bloggers Greek Press Release