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Global Voices is a partner for International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019

Categories: Languages, Rising Voices

The year 2019 has been declared as the International Year of Indigenous Languages [1] by the United Nations.

I’m happy to announce that Global Voices has been invited to become an official partner for this year-long campaign (our logo isn’t up yet, though). Rising Voices (RV) [2] will be coordinating our participation by working with the various section, regional, and language teams. As you know, RV has been working for the past several years with language digital activism and how technology can be a tool for communities working towards language revitalization.

The official launch will take place in late January in Paris at UNESCO headquarters. Our colleague Gwen Lefeuvre [3] will attend in representation of RV to cover the event on RV’s Twitter account. She’s been a major supporter of this work and I’m grateful that she’ll be present. Another member of our languages network, Juan Carlos Romero will also represent RV by taking part in a panel discussion about language digital activism. Currently living in Paris, he is a native speaker and professor of the Quechua language, who helped co-organize one of our languages workshops here in Cochabamba, Bolivia [4].

How can you get involved?

Open to new ideas! I’d love to hear from you.

In addition, with the help of Jer we’re hoping to update our Activismo Lenguas [8] (Languages) directory portal that had been mapping different language digital activism projects around Latin America. Inspired by the GV Instagram account rotation, our network of language digital activists in Latin America will be taking turns managing a dedicated Twitter account focusing on indigenous languages in the region.

Thanks for your support and interest. One of the major reasons why we accepted the invitation to become a partner is that our community understands the power and importance of telling stories and accessing information in a diversity of languages around the world as a way for increased cross-cultural understanding. We are in a unique position to demonstrate our current work, as well as the possibilities of what this UN campaign is hoping to accomplish.