Discussion and Premiere of Documentary Films on Children in Ethiopia

posterWhat: Discussion and Premiere of Documentary Films on Children in Ethiopia in collaboration with 9th Ethiopian International Film Festival (EIFF); Wednesday, 19 November 2014, from 2:00-6:00pm, Italian Cultural Institute;

Who: Ethiopian International Film Festival, UNICEF, Nordic Embassies, WHIZKID, WALTA Information Centre, ZELEMAN

Why:  Preceding the national celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child and Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF will premiere two documentary films at the 9th Ethiopian International Film Festival followed by a panel discussion on;

  • Children’s right to information, expression and culture
  •  Impact of how children are portrayed in the media on society’s understanding of children’s needs

Nationally the international day of the Girl Child is celebrated with the theme of Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence, on 21st November in recognition of the importance of investing in and empowering adolescent girls and preventing and eliminating various forms of violence against adolescent girls. The theme, “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence”, speaks directly to the issues at the core of gender violence in schools – gender discrimination, gender inequality and harmful gender and social norms.

Mass media has a wide influence over all our lives. Media professionals (journalists, photographers, film makers) can contribute to improve ‘media literacy’ among children, and adults, by explaining how the mass media operates, and how to interpret its messages.

Bringing to Spotlight the Rights of Children at the 8th Ethiopian Film Festival

What: UNICEF screens short documentary followed by media roundtable on Children’s rights
When: Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 4:00PM- 6:00PM
Who: Panelist from UNICEF Ethiopia
Mr Ibrahim Sesay – Child Protection Specialist
Ms. Tabeyin Gedlu –Gender and Development Specialist, Focal Person on
Harmful Traditional Practices
Ms. Hiwot Gebeyehu – Gender and Child Rights Officer
Where: Addis Ababa, Italian Cultural Institute
Background: The 8th edition of the Ethiopian International Film Festival is being held from 25 November to 2 December 2013 in Addis Ababa. The festival is expected to screen both national and international film producers in a week long programme encompassing International Organizations, embassies, NGOs, civil societies and other interest groups to premier their productions and draw a wide range of discussions on issues relevant to their field.

The film festival comes at a time when UNICEF Ethiopia is celebrating Universal Children’s Day – the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This year UNICEF urges a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country and at every level of society who are victims of violence and abuse that continue to go unnoticed and under-reported. The 8th Ethiopian film Festival is a great opportunity to promulgate children’s rights and protection issues to the public using documentaries and other film genres as a channel.