March 28, 2015

NEWS: Children spend six hours or more a day on screens

The amount of time children spend glued to a screen has risen dramatically in the last 20 years, a new report suggests.

Children aged five to 16 spend an average of six and a half hours a day in front of a screen compared with around three hours in 1995, according to market research firm Childwise.

Teenaged boys spend the longest, with an average of eight hours.

Eight-year-old girls spend the least - three-and-a-half hours, according to the study.

Screen time is made up of time spent watching TV, playing games consoles, using a mobile, computer or tablet.

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March 24, 2015

NEWS / FESTVALS / AWARDS: UNICEF announces winners for short film contest 'Kallola'

On Friday, UNICEF, Odisha in partnership with AAINA (an Odisha based voluntary organisation) announced winners for 'Kallola', a short film contes. The contest had received 27 entries in 30, 60 and 90 seconds' duration based on the theme, 'Ending Violence against Children'.


Launched in October last year, the contest invited entries from professional and amateur filmmakers under four sub themes: Child Labour, Child Sexual Abuse, Child Marriage and Corporal Punishment. A short workshop for filmmakers on communicating issues through short films was held in November 2014.


Five entries were awarded in the award ceremony. While, 'The Voice' by Santosh Panda on child sexual abuse, received the 1st prize, 'Building Knowledge' by Soham Dutta on child labour won the 2nd Prize. 'So Sweet of You' by The Mantrra on child labour received the 3rd Prize. The Jury's Choice award went to 'Chotu' by Biswajit Kuldi. Children's Choice award went to 'The Right Glass' by Biswanath Rath. 


Speaking on the occasion, Yumi Bae, Chief, UNICEF Odisha said, "These short films remind us of the inviolable human rights that each and every child is born with and the responsibility that each of us, as a member of family, community and society have in ensuring that no child is denied his or her basic rights."

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March 23, 2015

OPPORTUNITIES: Comic & Cartoon Competition - Gender Equality: Picture It!

About the Competition

UN Women together with the European Commission, the Belgian Development Cooperation, and UNRIC is organizing a Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality.

Show us what comes to your mind when you reflect on women's rights and empowerment and on the relationship between women and men. Get familiar with the Beijing Conference and its outcome document, the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action. Seek inspiration for your drawings in the 12 Critical Areas of Concern of the Beijing Platform!

The Competition is open to comic and cartoon artists and art students, from 18 to 28 years old, who are residents of an EU member state.

Please note that your comic or cartoon must be without words.

More info

March 21, 2015

NEWS / TV: First Kurdish children’s TV channel in Turkey ready to air

Turkey's first Kurdish-language children's channel will start broadcasting on March 21, the date of Newroz, Turkish media reported.

Celebrated on March 21 in large areas across Asia including Persia and Central Asia, Newroz has particular significance for Turkey's Kurds with hundreds of thousands of celebrating in the countries' predominantly Southeast, East and in İstanbul.

A private network based in the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakır, Zarok TV, will be the first television channel in Kurdish aimed at children.

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March 20, 2015

NEWS: UNICEF partners Online Publishers to promote child rights (NIGERIA)

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has organised a two-day media dialogue in Enugu, capital of Enugu state, with Online Publishers to discuss the convention on child rights which came into force through the UN General Assembly's resolution 44/20 of 20 November, 1989.

The dialogue, which began Thursday and ending Friday has been put together by the child rights information bureau (RIB) of the federal ministry of information, collaborating with UNICEF).

There were 15 selected publishers of Online newspapers from different parts of the country and representatives of major conventional newspapers based in Enugu, as well as some university lecturers in attendance.

A UNICEF Communication Specialist, Geoffrey Njoku kick-started the discussion by making a run-down of the contents of the convention on the child rights, which he said, countries of the world signed except the United States of America and Somalia.

According to Njoku, there are four key principles of the Child Rights Convention, including non-discrimination, best interest of the child, life survival and development as well as respecting the views of the child.

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March 19, 2015

EVENTS: Maya Youth Docementaries streaming

March, 2015 - Unlocking Silent Histories (USH) in partnership with Maya Traditions Foundation, will host a webinar to introduce our non-profit organization.  This virtual presentation will take place on Monday, March 30th from noon PM EST.  The fundraising event, located at WEBLINK, will showcase two new documentary shorts created by Guatemalan Maya youth production teams, in participation with Adobe Youth Voices.  Two of our Youth Leaders will be live online to engage viewers in discussion and comment on their experiences with USH.
Unlocking Silent Histories (USH) is a nonprofit dedicated to amplifying the identities and voices of indigenous youth through documentary filmmaking. Through the art of filmmaking, students capture aspects of their cultures that they determine are most important to examine, document, and share with local and global communities.  In the process, they learn invaluable communication, technological, and leadership skills.
Why should you join us?
·      We want to share our innovative learning model, a constructivist approach that honors local knowledge, voices, and traditions.
·      Our youth filmmakers are eager to share their films and tell you why USH is important for their communities, their culture, and their language.
·      We want to interact with you and hear how you'd like to be part of the story!
USH began working in underprivileged indigenous communities in the Lake Atitlán region of Guatemala in 2013.  Through its collaboration with Maya Traditions Foundation, we have established trust within local populations and expanded our reach from just one to four communities in two years.  At USH, youth attend workshops, participate in cultural excursions, gain classroom experiences, and interact with community members as they conceptualize, create, edit, and share documentary shorts focusing on themes of their choice. Upon completion of their first film, participants have the opportunity to enter our fellowship program as Youth Leaders, earning enough money to pay for their high school or university education.  As leaders, fellows teach new groups of students and offer their insight, experience, and creativity to the USH vision.  Since beginning this program, 23 students have created 19 films and four students are currently employed as program leaders.

For more information, contact Donna DeGennaro:

March 13, 2015

NEWS: At UN, Actress Geena Davis warns 700 years needed to reach gender parity in kids’ media

12 March 2015 – Actress Geena Davis today told a standing-room only event on gender and the media at the United Nations that the paucity of female characters in entertainment media for young children can be changed overnight, saying: "We don't have to fix the 'unconscious bias' they are raised with later on. We can fix it from the very beginning."

The Academy Award-Winning Actor, who founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, said the data from her research shows "disturbing" results of how "profoundly fewer" female characters are in family movies and television programmes aimed at young children under the age of 11.

Ms. Davis, known for her portrayals of strong female characters in films such as "Thelma and Louise," went on to say the message the children were getting through entertainment media was of "hyper-sexualized" female characters judged by their appearance.

"If we added female characters at the rate we have been over past 20 years, we will achieve parity in 700 years," Ms. Davis said, adding that she believed gender parity in children's entertainment media can be reached dramatically faster – possibly even seven years.

She noted that the message kids are getting through entertainment media is that women and girls are second class citizens.

"There is one sector where this gross imbalance can be changed overnight and that is on screen," she said. "We don't have to fix the unconscious bias they are raised with later on. We can fix it from the very beginning."

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Call for: Journalists interested to cover Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum with Orange team


Deadline: 12 April 2015, 23:59 CET

Orange Magazine is looking for 10 young journalists, photographers and video-makers (aged between 18 and 30) from all over the world to cover this year's Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum. The Orange Magazine provides journalistic education and supports young journalists by giving them room to explore media and current affairs. The event will take place in Bonn, Germany from  22 to 24 June 2015. Travel costs will be reimbursed by our partner Deutsche Welle. Accommodation for three nights and food are covered.

Selected participants notified by: 20 April 2015

The call is open to young journalists from all over the world. DW will assist with the visa applications for those who need it. Please note that selected participants will need to produce and write articles for their home media as well as for Orange Magazine.

We are especially looking for participants from:

Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, White Russia/Belarus, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Israel, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, DRC, Kenya, Rwanda etc.), Burma/Myanmar, Vietnam and Sri Lanka

Orange Magazine is a project of European Youth Press (EYP), an organisation working for the benefit of young journalists in Europe.

Deutsche Welle is Germany's international broadcaster and host of the DW Global Media Forum. A congress with international reach that draws both media representatives and professionals from all over the world, working in the fields of politics, culture, business, development and science. This year's DW Global Media Forum in Bonn will focus on "Media and Foreign Policy in the Digital Age."

The organisers will provide the Orange Magazine team with free access to the whole event including opportunities to interview both guest speakers and participants.


Responsibilities: The photographer will take pictures during the event, which will be published in the print edition of the Orange Magazine, on the Orange Magazine website, Facebook page and newsletters. The photographer will be expected to edit his or her own pictures on Photoshop/Aperture in order to prepare them for publishing quality.

Eligibility: You will have to provide your own camera equipment and demonstrate

previous experience in photography.

Application: Please send a CV and a portfolio with your pictures.


Responsibilities: The video team will create a 3-5 videos, which will include the highlights of the conference and some vox pops with the key guests and organisers of the event.

Eligibility: Experience in video editing and camera shooting.

Application: Please send CV and samples from your previous video work.


Responsibilities: The social media journalist will have to visit briefly all of the sessions and update with some snapshots and catchy messages the Orange Website, LinkedIn, Instagram, Infogram, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Facebook and Twitter.

Eligibility: Social media experience required, having blog or twitter accounts are an asset.

Application: Please send CV and/or examples of blog/Twitter/Facebook or other social media page.


Responsibilities: The Orange team will produce one issue of the magazine during the Global Media Forum. Each member will have to write at least 1 feature related to the topics of the 2014 edition of the Global Media Forum: "Media and foreign policy in digital age".

In order to apply for the conference you will have to suggest a story idea related to the topic "Media and foreign policy in digital age" in advance. You will have to answer the following questions in no more than 300 words:

What is your story idea?

How is it related to the conference topic?

How are you going to research the topic?

Who are you planning to interview?

Application: Please send a CV, previous work and your concept for a feature article related to the mentioned theme.


Please note that social media skills are highly appreciated. You will be expected to tweet and feed our Facebook page during the conference. Audio and video skills are considered an advantage. We expect perfect working and writing knowledge of English and the capacity to work with people from other cultural backgrounds.

How to apply:

Please apply by submitting this form  and sending your CV

For additional information contact:

Triin Ilves

Anna Valmero -

DW Global Media Forum:

2015 Theme:


Please note that submissions which are not in English, and/or are incomplete and/or have arrived after the deadline will be automatically disqualified.

March 11, 2015

Applications are now open for the Idea Camp 2015.

50 people will be chosen to work on their ideas at the Idea Camp, co-hosted by the ECF Networked Programme hub Subtopia from 22 to 25 September 2015 in Botkyrka, Sweden.

The theme for this year's edition of the Idea Camp is Build the City. 

Build the City is about people creating sustainable cities through social cooperation and active participation with culture at its heart. It is about applying the principles and ethics of the commons to the transformation of the city, its communities and its economy.
More than urban environments, 'The City' can also refer to a neighbourhood or community where people are working together through cultural activities to shape their environments, improve their common life and develop new social and economic relationships.

To apply for the ECF Idea Camp 2015, visit our dedicated Lab. Please note ECF will only publish all related content of the Open Call and the Idea Camp in this Lab! 

After the event, participants can submit proposals for the research and development of concrete projects (R&D Grants).

To find out more about last year's Idea Camp and Idea Makers browse through the archive material in the ECF Library, accessible from the Idea Camp 2014 page.

3rd Youth Kyiv Security Forum - New generation's role for peace and security

Deadline:  18 March 2015
Open to: participants between the ages of 18 and 35 years old
Venue: 25-26 March 2015 in Radisson Blu hotel (Kyiv, Ukraine)


Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation with Information and documentation center of NATO in Ukraine and Friedrich Ebert Foundation announces application for the 3rd Youth Security Forum entitled «New generation`s role for peace and security»

The Youth Kyiv Security Forum (KSF – Y) is a new initiative of the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation, which aims at creation of a discussion platform for young experts from different countries on important issues of international relations and foreign policy. The main goal of the Forum is to empower the new generation by increasing their capacity to participate in policy analyses and policy development processes.

The Forum will be held in Kyiv, March 25-26 in Radisson Blu hotel, 17-19 Bratska st.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Age 18-35 years
  • active civil position and ability to apply this knowledge in their daily activities
  • High level of expertise
  • High level of English

Especially, we encourage to participate the regional representatives. 

Working languages – English and German


Travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed (ticket prize shall not exceed 600 grn. in both directions).


In order to apply, register HERE.

The deadline for applications is 18 March 2015.

For any additional information you may contact Ms. Ramina Shut by phone (044) 22018 40, (067) 997 0916 and (067) 2143462 or by