Enhancing Access to Justice through Institutional Reform (A2J), a joint undertaking of the Ministry of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs (MOLJPA) and UNDP, is pleased to announce this short video challenge on the theme of eliminating caste discrimination. The videos are expected to help raise awareness and understanding around the issue of caste discrimination and also improve the implementation of relevant laws in Nepal.
According to the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, racial discrimination is defined as “any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life. Caste-based discrimination is the discrimination behavior perpetuated by so-called high caste groups on lower caste groups on the basis of caste hierarchy, which leads to untouchability, oppression, prohibition, exclusion, and exploitation. Section 4 of the caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability Act 2011 has prohibited caste-based discrimination and provides for the punishment for committing prohibited activities. (The Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability Act 2011)
In the context of Nepal, where multiple forms of discrimination are still a day-to-day reality, the call for videos is expected to encourage the general public to delve deeper into the issue, build greater awareness and understanding and also quiz a wide array of people from across the country on how the social ill could be better tackled.
- The competition is open to all.
- The video should be of three minutes or less and must be in MP4 1080 HD quality.
- The video should either be in Nepali, with English sub-titles; or, English, with Nepali sub-titles; or in local languages, with either Nepali or English sub-titles.
- The video can take any form: it can be an acted-out film, animation, or silent/montage video with a relevant message/voiceover; it does not need to have a plot.
- The video content should not promote communal enmity, blaming and shaming of certain group or community.
- The video must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 10, 2021. We encourage you to share only a download link to your videos after uploading them in your YouTube/Vimeo/Dropbox/Google Drive as a “unlisted video”.
- After initial screening, only shortlisted videos will be uploaded in UNDP social media, each one with unique identification number. The video creators then start promoting their videos for likes, comments and shares in the social media.
Evaluation of videos and awards:
The videos will be judged based on audience reactions and evaluation by an independent jury:
- 50% of the score will be based on the number of interactions on social media platforms. This includes, number of likes and shares on Facebook; number of positive comments, and number of likes and retweets, with positive quote tweets, on Twitter.
- 50% of the score will be based on evaluation by an independent panel of judges who will judge on the basis of content, quality and message of the video.
- There will be a total of three winners in this competition – first place, second place and third place with a cash prize of Rs. 200,000, Rs. 150,000 and Rs. 50,000 respectively.
The winning videos will be featured on UNDP’s social media. Shoujld you have any coments/questions, please lodge them under this UNDP Facebook post announcing the contest.
[Note: The contest organizer reserves the right to reject any/all video entries without mentioning any reasons whatsoever.]
UPDATE as of 7 October 2021: The process has been halted now untill further notice. Stay tuned
NEW UPDATE as of 26 November 2021 : Deadline extended till 10 December 2021.