Video competition: Celebrate women equal rights


International Women's Day (IWD) was honored for the first time in 1911 and it has since become a day that women all over the world, including in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are looking at as an occasion to celebrate their equal human rights in all spheres of life. 

It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.

In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March. Two years later, in December 1977, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions. In adopting its resolution, the General Assembly recognized the role of women in peace efforts and development and urged an end to discrimination and an increase of support for women’s full and equal participation.

With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women's equality fueled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more - there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

And while we know that gender parity won't happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there's indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.

So we can't be complacent. Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

This year, UNDPو UN Women and the General Women's Union in the UAE are calling innovative Emirati youth to join 2018 International Women’s Day celebration by creating a 60-second video for your fellow Emiratis that highlights the importance of gender integration within the family that paves the way for reduced inequalities in the society. The purpose of this initiative is to advocate for women’s empowerment domestically before calling for progress in our communities. The video content may respond to one or more of the following questions:

  • How are the roles distributed among children at home?
  • Does gender affect the way household chores are distributed?
  • Do siblings from different genders have equal rights within the family in terms of freedom of speech/choice, decision making, opportunities... etc.?

You could be awarded a certificate of recognition from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women and the General Women’s Union (GWU) on the International Women’s Day 2018 and you will participate on a Live-Vidoe on Social media to explain your idea to a global audience. You might also be eligible to attend a 1-month internship!

Hurry up and submit your video before 4th of March, 2018. Selected videos that meet the criteria shall be posted online on UNDP UAE & General Women’s Union official accounts. The best video that gets more likes and views wins!!

Collectively, let's all Press for Progress.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Emirati national.
  • Between 15 to 29 years old.
  • Both females and males are encouraged to participate.


Technical requirements

  • Mobile or video camera shot videos are accepted.
  • Infographic and animated videos are accepted.
  • 60 second long.
  • We recommend keeping your videos under 50MB.


Important notes

  • No registration/Submission fees
  • Submission Deadline: 4 March 2018
  • Winners’ announcement on 7 March 2018

Send your personal details (Name, Age, Education, Citizenship) along with your video before 4th of March to




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