Saturday, September 24, 2011

Girls Decide

On 21 September 2011, the Girls Decide films produced for the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) won the prestigious International Video and Communications Award 

There to accept the award was Eliot Carroll, the director of the films from production company Tinderflint, who said he was ‘over the moon’ about winning the award. In an interview with the IVCA sponsors, Eliot gave all due credit to the young people and staff of IPPF who contributed their time, skills and passion during the films’ production in Syria, Albania, Argentina, Swaziland, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

The Girls Decide films were highly commended in the public sector video category, and won the charity sector video category at the IVCA awards. The winners’ photos, alongside links to the winning videos, will be posted on the IVCA Clarion Awards website early next week.

The Girls Decide initiative, started by IPPF in 2010, embodies a positive approach to the sexual and reproductive health of young women and girls across the world and emphasizes the importance of access to services in improving their health, well-being and development.

One out of every three clients who visits IPPF clinics across the world is a young person. IPPF’s focus is on providing sexual and reproductive health services that are youth-friendly; empowering young women, particularly through the provision of comprehensive sexuality education; and affecting political and social change to ensure that we live in a world where girls decide.

View the films >here>

·         About 16 million girls aged 15 – 19 give birth each year, accounting for about 11% of births worldwide;
·         Adolescents girls aged 10 – 19 account for 23% of the overall burden of disease due to pregnancy and childbirth worldwide;
·         About 2.5 million adolescents have unsafe abortions every year and account for 46% of deaths related to unsafe abortion worldwide;
·         In developing countries, more than 60 million women aged 20-24 were married or in a union before the age of 18.

For more information, please, contact Paul Bell.

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