Every time I turn on my television or open up Twitter and Facebook, I am inevitably faced with the dark headlines coming out of Gaza, Syria and Iraq. There are times when I find it hard to believe that there is any good news coming out of the Middle East. Whenever I need a little pick-me-up, I turn to one of my new favorite sites: BarakaBits. Its founder, Rama Chakaki, is today’s Kick-Ass Woman of the Week.
Rama is an entrepreneur making waves across the Middle East. With experience in computer science, management and communications, her goal is to promote collaboration, social good and technology to encourage youth and women in the Middle East to become social entrepreneurs. In 2013 she founded BarakaBits to give exposure to all the projects and initiatives in the region that were started by groups looking to make a difference.
BarakaBits is a genius little site that provides good news from the Middle East. Whether it’s women making a name for themselves in the business world, spotlights on artists in the region, Arabs helping other Arabs, or Gaza’s take on the Ice Bucket Challenge, I always feel uplifted and inspired when I visit the site.
BarakaBits is the only media venture that delivers exclusively good news. Sharing content from the region, it changed the narrative in the media to an intelligent, optimistic, and empowering one. Via BarakaBits and her other ventures, Rama provides the opportunity to shift the perception of the region into something more positive and uplifting while promoting greater social impact. Many of the stories are moving and feature ways people can participate in the dialogue or give back.
Anyone who is familiar with my blog knows that I aim to present an alternate outlook on the region that looks past the negativity and stereotypes presented in the media. Rama and the team at BarakaBits do this with everything they post, and I know they will have an amazing impact.
According to Rama, “There are solutions within our culture, religion, heritage, to all of the issues that we face today. We just have to be mindful and open to thinking about them.” I hope that more people look at the region’s problems from her point of view.
Until next time…