17 September 2019
Photo Contest to Raise Human Rights Awareness
Youth in the Eastern Caribbean region are being challenged to focus on Human Rights as part of a photo contest which was launched on September 16th under the theme ‘Our Rights, Our Caribbean … Leaving No One Behind’.
The photo contest is in celebration of Human Rights Day, observed every year on 10 December, the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Entrants are required to be 10 to 25 years of age and residents of Barbados and the OECS nations: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Photos can be taken with a camera or cell phone and no professional photography experience is required.
Participants are asked to present what the human rights approach of “leaving no one behind” means to them and their country. Youth are asked to be as creative as possible, taking photos for example of a scene or activity which reflect the theme.
The deadline for entries is November 1st, 2019.
Prizes will be awarded as follows: first place, US$500; second place, US$250; third place US$100. Further information and submission guidelines can be obtained by visiting the website www.uneasterncaribbean.org.
UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the OECS, Mr. Didier Trebucq, described the contest as part of the UN’s strategy to encourage youth in the Eastern Caribbean region to become aware of Human Rights as essential to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In his words “this photo contest is a method for young people who nowadays are challenging us [adults], that through the lens of an image they build greater awareness in our society on the promotion and protection of human rights as central for sustainable development.”
Additionally, Mr. Trebucq acknowledged that young people recognise the challenges facing their generation and are building awareness and involved in policy development around Human Rights issues
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that call for urgent global action on: No poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace, justice and strong institutions; partnerships for the goals.
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