In the lead up to Eid Al Fitr, Twitter has launched ‘Heroes of Good’, a Ramadan campaign centred around celebrating people who have spread hope through their acts of kindness. The campaign encourages people to either nominate their Ramadan hero, an individual who has gone the extra mile during this month or reshare positive stories that have made this Ramadan memorable, especially given the circumstances.
This year, 17 million Tweets were monitored about Ramadan in the month leading into the holy month, a 70% increase since 2019. At a time where people have been celebrating Ramadan like never before, creating new traditions, and connecting with family and friends virtually due to social distancing, travel restrictions, and other related limitations, the campaign aims to support communities and unite people across the MENA region through a public conversation around positivity and happiness.The campaign will be accompanied by a Twitter-exclusive hashtag triggered emoji, when used the hashtag will unlock a crescent moon.
The campaign was kicked off through a conversation with Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri (@astro_hazzaa), who Twitter MENA asked to share who his hero has been this Ramadan during such special circumstances.
“Ramadan represents a time of giving and introspection and every year, throughout the holy month, people take to Twitter to discuss faith, food, philanthropy and entertainment. In light of the current global situation, we have witnessed conversations highlighting heroes on the platform in relation to the global pandemic. Through this initiative we aim to amplify existing campaigns and further highlight individuals who are bringing hope and positivity to the region, by increasing healthy participation in the public conversation,” said George Salama, Head of Public Policy, Government Relations & Philanthropy, MENA, Twitter.
To nominate a hero, people on Twitter should tag their hero in a Tweet and cite the reason they are nominated, using the hashtag أبطال_الخير#.
It’s worth noting that Twitter held its Twitter for Good program remotely this month, which is a day of service that Twitter employees participate in. In response to the emergence of COVID-19, the program prioritized support for NGO partners across the MENA region to develop and launch a campaign that will drive impact for philanthropic causes at a regional level, through a series of virtual workshops. These organizations include the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (@IFRC_MENA), the International Committee of the Red Cross (@ICRC_ar), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (@UNHCR_Arabic) and digital rights organization @SMEX.