Call for Application: UN Women/UNAIDS Media Awards

UN Women/UNAIDS Media Awards for Excellence in Reporting HIV and Gender Based Violence issues in PNG: 2016 Awardees with Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Port Moresby, 27th September 2017

Nominations are now open for the UN Women / UNAIDS Media Awards for Excellence in Reporting on HIV and Gender Based Violence Issues in PNG. The Awards, which recognize excellence in reporting on HIV and Gender Based Violence issues, were launched in 2015 jointly by UNAIDS and UN Women as an incentive to encourage journalists to increase their reporting on the issues with a human rights lens. These awards recognize the power of the media as a tool for positive change in our communities.

Gender-based violence and HIV are inextricably linked and mutually reinforcing, and the media play a significant role in challenging detrimental stereotypes that tolerate, encourage, excuse and in some cases, perpetuate violence against women and girls, other vulnerable groups, and people living with HIV. The greater the awareness raised on these issues, the greater the opportunities for change to take place.

The theme for the 2017 Media Awards on Excellence in Reporting on Gender Based Violence and HIV/and or AIDS is “Hear My Voice! My Story…” These awards seek to encourage journalists to be the voice of the voiceless in order to bring about meaningful change.

Submissions of work written or produced from November 10, 2016 to November 10, 2017 will be accepted for consideration towards these awards. Entries close on 10th November 2017, late submissions will not be considered. Application form can be downloaded here. Awards will be announced during the 20 Days of Activism on the 01st of December which is World AIDS Day at an invitation-only function.

Award Categories
Applications for the UN Women / UNAIDS Media Awards will be considered for the following five categories

1. Excellence in Reporting on Gender Based Violence (GBV)
The UN Women/UNAIDS Award for reporting on Gender Based Violence acknowledges the contributions journalists have made during 2017 on raising issues related to GBV, its impact on society, and the actions needed to address GBV in a way that raises awareness in PNG on this issue. The award is aimed at encouraging journalists to write and produce stories that bring to light the phenomenal problem of gender based violence in the country, which influences policy and decision making especially in service provision, and which helps to achieve justice for the victims while exposing the perpetrators.

2. Excellence in reporting on HIV and /or AIDS
The UN Women/UNAIDS Award for HIV acknowledges journalists who have contributed exceptionally high quality and sensitive reporting on HIV and/or AIDS issues which has also contributed to the reduction in the stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV. The award is aimed at encouraging journalists to write and produce stories that can influence policy and decision making, especially in service provision, and which promotes the rights of people living with HIV or AIDS so they can live a life without fear and discrimination.

3. Excellence in Communication
The UN Women/UNAIDS Award for Excellence in Communication honours journalists who have helped build bridges between vulnerable people (eg women and girls, children, people living with HIV, sex workers, people of diverse sexuality, the mentally affected) and communities in a way that helps to address injustice and which helps affected individuals and communities to achieve justice because of media reporting. Applicants for this category should demonstrate how their work has helped to ensure victims of violence and / or discrimination have been able to eventually access services and / or receive justice based on the involvement of the media.

4. Excellence in Photojournalism
The UN Women/ UNAIDS Photojournalism Award is open to all journalists. Pictures are a powerful tool for communicating to those we seek to influence - from civil society to government and policy makers. Pictures also make a strong impression upon both literate and illiterate people and can, in themselves, tell the bigger story around an issue. The award intends to recognise the photos that tell a story on either GBV or HIV issues and can either portray a story of empowerment or the plight of a survivor that still needs assistance in their situation. This category is open for photo entries only.

5. Editorial leadership
This category recognizes the contribution and leadership of media organisations, through their editors and editorials, in stimulating social discourse and raising awareness on issues around GBV and HIV.

Eligibility
Except for the Photojournalism category which is open to photo entries only, all categories are open to all forms of media from print, to radio, TV, internet media platforms, and social media. Entries from freelance reporters who have had their work circulated widely in media platforms will also be accepted.

Criteria for submission
All submissions should meet all three of the criteria set out:
• Media reports specifically addresses and raises awareness on the issues of vulnerable people or groups (eg women and girls, children, people living with HIV, sex workers, people of diverse sexuality, the mentally affected) which can influence policy and decision making around service provision and justice. Service provision refers to any services which vulnerable groups try to access but because they are discriminated they cannot access it. E.g. Medical Services.
• Media reports go beyond reporting on events and are clearly balanced to highlight ignorance, discrimination, insensitivity and injustice to raise awareness which can lead to positive behavioural change and influence decision making at all levels around the issues of GBV and HIV/and or AIDs.
• Media reports contain clear use of appropriate and sensitive language and/or visuals that are non-judgmental and do not put survivors at greater risk.

For application forms and further information please contact either:

Ms. Danielle Winfrey: danielle.winfrey@unwomen.org or Phone: 321 9855.
Ms. Elizabeth Gande: gandee@unaids.org or phone: 321 7999.