NEW YORK, 11 December 2006 – Youth radio producers from Zambia and Mexico have won the 2006 UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Prize, presented by UNICEF and OneWorld Radio. The award is given to a radio programme produced by youth that reflects the 2006 theme “UNITE FOR CHILDREN. UNITE AGAINST AIDS.” Awards are presented for the best feature (up to six minutes) and the best Public Service Announcement (PSA) and celebrate youth participation in media.
“Living with HIV,” by Jose Yesani of Zambia, took the feature prize. The four-minute piece tells the story of a young man discovering he’s HIV positive. Yesani uses an animated monologue over a driving soundtrack to relay this man’s feelings on learning his diagnosis is not the end of his life. Honourable mentions for features went to “In the Mother’s Womb,” by Nikita Jain of India and “Thembi’s AIDS Diary, “ by Thembi Ngubane of South Africa and Joe Richman of the USA. “In the Mother’s Womb” takes the unusual perspective of a baby in the womb of her HIV positive mother. In “Thembi’s AIDS Diary,” a young woman called Thembi relays her experiences of being HIV positive.
“Lupita,” by Desarrollo Autogestionario AC (AUGE) of Mexico, took the PSA prize. AUGE is a group supporting the children of working mothers. The 44-second spot conveys the discrimination a girl faces, not just because she is of indigenous descent but also because is HIV positive. In a schoolyard, a girl is admonished for playing with Lupita, who has a disease that “cannot be cured.” It makes the point that “a child isn’t just infected, he/she is affected.” Honorable mentions for PSAs went to “Get to Work,” by David Daka of Zambia and “Soy Tavo,” another piece by the AUGE group. “Get to Work” shows men working together as a lesson on how to work together to overcome HIV/AIDS. In “Soy Tavo,” a six-year-old boy talks about his sadness because nobody wants to live or play with him. The AUGE spots were part of a campaign called “¡No discrimes, Pasa la Voz! Porque un niño no solo se infecta, también se afecta.”
The winners were chosen from over 70 submissions from 10 different countries.
The judging, by a panel from OneWorld, UNICEF and radio organizations, took place in November. Judges included Kelvin Chibomba, OneWorld Radio Africa (Zambia); Marianne McCune, WNYC (USA); Bernice Akuamoah, Youth radio producer (Gambia); Jonathan Goldstein, Producer and Host, Wiretap, CBC Radio (Canada); Esther Obdam, Radio Netherlands; Blue Chevigny, Executive Producer, UNICEF Radio; Jeannette Gonzalez, UNICEF/VOY Media Magic Coordinator and Karen Cirillo, Executive Producer, Children’s Broadcasting Initiatives, UNICEF (USA).
The winners will be featured on both the OneWorld Radio and UNICEF web sites and podcast by UNICEF Radio. Winners will receive a package of radio equipment and all finalists will receive a commemorative plaque.
The UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Prize coincides with the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB). The Day recognizes radio programming that gives a central role to children – as producers, editors, reporters and presenters – and allows them to give their own perspective on the world around them. It also recognizes the importance of radio in communities that may not be reached by other media.
The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting, established by UNICEF in 1991, was observed this year on 10 December. The initiative encourages broadcasters to produce programming by, with and for children. It is celebrated with the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award, which goes to the broadcaster who has produced the best youth programming.
Based at the UNICEF Headquarters in New York, UNICEF Radio seeks to bring youth voices and topics of import to youth to listeners and broadcasters from around the globe. It works with youth to produce the Voices of Youth "Digital Diaries" in which young people from Ghana to Jamaica tell their own stories to audiences.
OneWorld Radio offers services and networking for broadcasters and civil society organizations that use radio for human rights and sustainable development. It aims to be a tool for broadcasters – a place on the Internet where they can find radio programmes for exchange and all the information they need from the sector of radio for development. OneWorld Radio is a part of OneWorld.net, an international network of over 1,300 members and partner organizations with a focus on development issues, including children rights.
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