Since mid-2017, Meshkat Community has amplified voices for peace to combat online hate and extremism in Jordan. The program aims to strengthen social cohesion and foster constructive dialogue by building the skills, networks, and knowledge of citizens - with a particular focus on youth, women, and ethnic minorities. Our mission is to increase creative and peaceful citizen engagement to challenge hate, violence, and extremism in online spaces.
Through workshops, incubation programs, and online platforms, community members learn to use the power of locally-created content — cartoons, drawings, murals, music, audio, films, performing arts, theatre performances, blogs, poetry, scripts, prose, case studies, social media posts, and online campaigns — to spark conversation on how to build a more peaceful and inclusive world.
Meshkat runs a series of programs including Content Development, Digital Engagement, and Community Capacity Building. These programs concurrently operate a myriad of activities, including production of a YouTube series, creating and supporting a Digital Peace Youth Network, an Artists-in-Residence initiative, a competition called the Peace Awards, maintaining a website and social media accounts that disseminate peace-focused content, facilitating capacity-building and community resilience workshops, and convening and supporting collaborative efforts of local civil society organizations.
Through 2019, we will be exploring which aspects of the multifaceted program are most beneficial and useful to at-risk groups in Jordan, so that we can ensure we are serving community needs to the best of our capacity, and engaging with local citizens and civil society in a fruitful way. The Meshkat program is funded by Global Affairs Canada through 2021. In 2019, we are exploring how to extend Meshkat’s duration in Jordan.