UN Women Partners with One Day on Earth; Captures Gender Issues on Camera


On 11 November 2011 (11-11-11), UN Women joins 20,000 filmmakers worldwide to capture the human experience in a 24-hour period. The collaborative effort — that brings together a number of UN agencies and non-profits — is part of the second annual One Day on Earth initiative aimed at forming a geo-tagged shared film archive that covers wide-ranging issues related to the Millennium Development Goals, from poverty to human rights.

Joining One Day on Earth as a partner this year, UN Women focuses on capturing the stories of women as well as the behind-the-scenes work the organization does to empower women. UN Women colleagues, and in some cases women who are part of the community or grass-root organizations, will shoot from 30 locations. In India, for example, rural women leaders will be followed in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district to capture their work and challenges. In the occupied Palestinian territories, grass-roots women will report on their daily lives. In Bhutan, UN Women staff will film the story of the only female elected Gup or “headman”. Other shoot locations include: Egypt, Guatemala, Fiji, Mali, Moldova, Caribbean, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Ghana, China, Brazil, Timor Leste, Ecuador, Senegal, USA and Georgia.

Last year, during the first One Day event on 10 October 2010 (10-10-10), the initiative received 3,000 hours of footage in total. UN Women will make the footage of it shoots available on the One Day on Earth website at www.onedayonearth.org.

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