PNG artists invited to enter UN Women song contest

UN Women is inviting Papua New Guinea (PNG) artists to capture the spirit of the UN Secretary General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign by producing their own music videos for the UNiTE Campaign Song 2016.

UN Women Country Representative Dr. Jeff Buchanan said the competition is a fantastic opportunity for seasoned and up-and-coming artists in PNG to promote gender equality and empower women in the country.

“The video clip should feature your campaign message to end violence against women and girls, and whenever possible, any campaign activities that you and your community have engaged in,” he said. “Artists are welcome to use the song as is or to sing a cover version of the song in English or in your own language.”

The general campaign theme is UNiTE: End Violence against Women and the video clip may also include the following messages: Ending violence against women and girls, gender equality, ending violence against women and girls is everyone’s responsibility, respectful relationships between genders and healthy masculinity.

Dr Buchanan added that the campaign colour is orange and participants are encouraged to feature campaign and advocacy activities in their video clips and to portray a sense of hope and optimism.

“Final clips must be uploaded before February 15th, 2017 onto Youtube, with a description of the theme chosen and shooting location with the hashtag #UNiTEsong, #16Days,” he said.

Participants are reminded to email the Youtube link to with their name, contact details and country to automatically enter the contest and to share their Youtube clip widely with friends and networks.

He said entries received after the deadline will not be considered and winners will be announced at the UN Women’s regional office in Bangkok on March 8, 2017 on International Women’s Day.

The two awards are, the Judges Award which will be given to the entry most relevant to the general theme, has potential impact, originality, artistic value and entertainment and the Most Popular Award, to the entry that receives the most number of views on Youtube by February 15, 2017.

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