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UNFPA and Seven Circles Launch Month-Long Youth Empowerment Online Cartoon and Short Film Competitions with Cash Prizes

1 November 2018

The United Nations Population Fund Jordan (UNFPA) and Seven Circles today launched both the Youth Empowerment Online Cartoon Competition, in collaboration with renowned cartoonist Omar Al Abdallat, and the Youth Empowerment Online Short Film Competition, in collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Ala Hamdan, on the Working Dreamers online platform.

Throughout the month of November, youth in Jordan, aged 15-24, are encouraged to submit either a cartoon or short film that creatively highlights a select topic related to sexual and reproductive health and rights. 

“Jordan’s youth need a place for open discussion on questions they face on their reproductive health and choices. We work hand in hand with young people across the country to ensure they have the right information at the right time so they can make their choices on marriage and children and protect themselves from harm,” says UNFPA Jordan Representative Laila Baker.

Cartoon competition participants must submit drawings (digital or freehand) that highlight one of the following two topics: safe motherhood; safe deliveries (normal and cesarean sections) and care for newborns.

Film competition participants must submit short films (1-2 minutes long) that highlight one of the following two topics: safe motherhood; sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV prevention and management.

Youth of all nationalities in Jordan who meet the age requirements are invited to submit their entries to Working Dreamers until 30 November. Two winners from each competition will be awarded cash prizes by UNITEX and HyperPay in addition to having their cartoons and films featured on Working Dreamers as well as the UNFPA Jordan and Hayat Al Shabab websites.

“Seven Circles is honored to work again with UNFPA to inspire our youth in Jordan and assure their well-being. We are very excited to see the youth’s short films and cartoon submissions,” says the Co-Founder of Seven Circles, Dina Saoudi.

Youth in Jordan who are interested to learn more about the cartoon and short film competitions’ submission guidelines and criteria for winning should visit this link: www.workingdreamers.com.