Witness Actions: See It. Film It. Change It.; etc..
See It. Film It. Change It.
IN THIS ISSUE
– Video helps to create change in Democratic Republic of the Congo
– Legendary photojournalist unveils his latest project
– Human rights groups use video to mobilize actions to fight global poverty and for the MDGs. Be counted!
Video for Change: Making Strides in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Address HIV/AIDS
WITNESS and our partner Association des Jeunes pour le Developpement Integre (AJEDI-Ka) has just held high level meetings in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to demand urgently needed health care for more than 1.3 million people living with HIV/AIDS. As a result, "Awaiting Tomorrow," a video we co-produced with our partner will be used nationally to educate and generate support to address the issue of HIV/AIDS more forcefully.
Watch the trip vlog to learn more.
Special Hub Feature: Legendary Photojournalist Poised to Break Massive Story TODAY!
WITNESS is partnering with TED to help amplify the work of TED Prize winner James Nachtwey, one of the best-known and most highly regarded photojournalists. Nachtwey has been working on a global photography project to capture the images of a severe health crisis, which will be unveiled TODAY. The multimedia campaign, which works to raise awareness and inspire action to address this devastating disease, will be viewable via outdoor screenings on all 7 continents in 50 cities around the globe, online and featured on the Hub.
To learn more about the project, find a screening, or host your own, see the latest here.
Video Highlights Global Poverty Crisis in the Lead Up to Days of Action
We’d like to call your attention to "Be the Generation" a video produced by Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), Oxfam International, Save the Children and Comic Relief, as an education and outreach tool for the in my name campaign.
The focus of the in my name campaignhttp://www.inmyname.com/
is to pressure world leaders to implement the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. The MDGs are a set of goals signed by 189 world leaders in 2000 to address eight systemic issues ranging from poverty and hunger to gender equality and environmental sustainability.
Narrated by will.i.am, "Be the Generation" focuses on addressing global poverty (one of the issues of the MDGs), weaving historical footage, citizen activists, political leaders and celebrities with flash animations.
Please join us (and over 50 million people!) by participating in the Global Call to Action Against Poverty from October 17th to 19th.http://www.standagainstpoverty.org/
Calls for Submissions for the Every Human Has Rights Media Awards
Our friends and partners at the Every Human Has Rights campaignhttp://hub.witness.org/en/node/5294
are sponsoring a media award with Internews that will bring 30 winners to Paris for the award ceremony and to meet leaders in the human rights movement.
Please read the release below for details on how you can participate. Feel free to forward to anyone you think might be interested.
Internews Launches Online Application for the
Every Human Has Rights Media Awards
Internews is pleased to announce the Every Human has Rights Media Awards, allowing journalists and citizen journalists to upload their human rights reports in any media TV, radio, print or internet. The EHHR Media Awards is organized by Internews and the Every Human Has Rights Campaign, supported by the Elders, for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The preamble of the Universal Declaration, written 60 years ago, affirms that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the document "as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations" and that it should be kept in mind by "every individual and every organ of society". In this time of uncertainty, fear and great difficulties all over the world, the EHHR Media Award applauds those in the media who use their influence to promote the education and respect for the rights and freedoms of the Universal Declaration so that their audiences are enabled to "secure their universal and effective recognition and observance".
"When 60 years ago the UN worked on the UDHR text, it took 1400 separate votes on each definition, on every word. I think this is a good lesson for journalists. Human beings and human rights are at the core of journalism in general. But the key characteristic of good journalists is the responsibility for each and every word they choose. We really want our Awards to help highlight new names of talented and responsible journalists across our entire vast and diverse world", says Manana Aslamazyan, Executive Director of Internews Europe and a Member of the Academy of Russian Television.
Until September 15, 2008, midnight, GMT+2, print, radio, TV and online journalists, photojournalists and bloggers from any country will be able to send their human rights stories in any language through the EHHR Media Awards website.
Submitted reports should illustrate one or more articles of the UDHR with world and current affairs reports and to show how relevant and contemporary the declaration is, by linking it with issues affecting local and international audiences today. 249 participants from 91 countries have already signed up for the awards and expressed their will to take this challenge.
Among them, 30 winners will be selected by a professional international jury and awarded an all expenses paid trip to Paris in December 2008, where they will meet human rights leaders and receive a prize for their contribution to illustrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with powerful and eye-opening stories.
The following special awards will also be given:
* Best TV: EUR1000
* Best radio: EUR1000
* Best print (online and offline): EUR1000
* Best citizen journalism/blog item: EUR1000
* Best investigative report: EUR1500
* Most courageous investigation/best unpublished story: EUR2000
* Prize of the public for the most eye opening report: EUR1000
Award winners will be assisted by Internews in Paris in covering human rights related events across Paris in the lead up to the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration on December 10, 2008.
Internews, a founding member of the Global Forum for Media Development, hopes to reach local media and media support organizations with access to both mainstream and isolated audiences around the world with information on the awards and on the UDHR. The goal is to generate powerful human rights stories that will reach audiences around the world. In addition, participating journalists will gain the opportunity to meet and learn from new colleagues, cover the December 2008 events in Paris, and celebrate together the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Awards official website
Mark Harvey, Development Director
Agathe Dalisson, Awards organiser
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