UNICEF One Minute Video Contest:It's About Ability 15 Dec 2012 Deadline

Calling all youth filmmakers!
Each year, UNICEF publishes a report called State of the World’s Children. Next year, the theme is on children with disabilities. We’d like hear your voice, so send us a one minute video reflecting your perspective on disabilities.

Children living with disabilities have the same rights as all children: the right to live in dignity and to grow up in an environment that allows them to reach their full potential. 

But too often, children with disabilities face difficulties that hold them back.
Take inspiration from the theme “It’s About Ability!” which takes a positive approach to disability. Too often, children with disabilities are shown neglected, weak or in need of pity. But those images only perpetuate negative beliefs, which affect the way we behave. Instead, we are looking for perspectives that can be empowering, constructive and eye-opening in their diversity. After all, children with disabilities are children first. 

Take a look at the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and think about what it means to you. Do you have a disability and want to share what you’ve achieved in life or how you’re unique? Do you know someone who is disabled – a friend or family member? How do you see them facing daily life? How does their life affect you? Maybe you’d like to portray an example of how children’s rights are not being fulfilled. Or a situation where children are getting the rights they deserve and succeeding.

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