As part of the ‘Youth against abortion stigma’ project we are looking for young people in IPPF Member Associations to record short films of themselves talking about abortion in their country.

The person who submits the best video will win funding to attend an SRHR training in their country!

Learning about abortion
Abortion-related stigma is the association of negative attributes with people involved in seeking, providing or supporting abortion. Abortion is stigmatized because it challenges a number of social, cultural and religious norms and values.Young people who are pregnant, and in particular those who are unmarried, often feel that they will be judged whatever choice they make, whether that is to have an abortion or continue with the pregnancy.

We want to make sure that young people around the world have better information and education on pregnancy and abortion, and here’s where you come in!

We will be putting together some short films which cover a range of common issues relating to abortion. These films will be hosted on this site, and used to increase information and awareness about abortion around the world.

We’re asking young people (aged 18-25) who work or volunteer with IPPF Member Associations to submit short film clips using the guidelines below. If selected, your clips will be part of a set of films used to educate other young people about abortion.

How to record your clips
So that the different films will follow themes, we’d like you to submit clips of yourself answering the following questions. You can choose any of the questions to answer, and you can answer as many questions as you like. Each question must be answered on a separate video and each one must be no longer than 90 seconds long.

Please record your film in English, French or Spanish.

Questions to answer:
1. How do young people in your country learn about abortion?
(For example: did you receive any education about contraception/abortion in school? Do people discuss abortion with their family/friends? Are there many myths about abortion?)
2. What is it like for a young woman in your country who has an abortion?
(For example: would she experience judgement? Is it easy for her to access safe abortion care?)
3. Why do you think it’s important to talk about abortion as part of education?
(For example: why do young people need this information? What happens when people have incorrect information about abortion/don’t speak about it?)
4. How do young people in your country receive education/information on abortion?
(Prompts: Is it possible to speak about abortion in schools/other settings? What kind of language do you use?)

When?
Send in your videos now – the deadline for this is 30th November 2015

How?
Please upload your video to www.dropbox.com and share the link with us. It is free to create an account and upload videos. Please share your videos with hwachsmann@ippf.org

Recording tips
Here’s an example of what your film should look like – one or two people talking directly to the camera, fairly close up (so you can see their head and shoulders).Picture of young man's head and shoulders
• Find your light! Film in brightly lit areas, but don’t point the camera directly at bright light as this will cause the image to go blurry.
• Stay steady: Rather than holding your phone or camera, it’s best to rest it on a tripod (or a table, chair, shelves etc) to keep it steady and avoid a blurry image.
• Sound is vital! While it’s important that your video looks good, the quality of your audio is perhaps even more important than the image. Unfortunately, the built-in microphone in most smartphones is not always high quality. It’s best to shoot your video in a quiet place, preferably indoors when possible with less background noise – and stay as close to the microphone as possible!
• Stay close: If someone else is filming you, staying closer to them ensures better image quality, less background noise and better focus in your videos since most smartphones use a digital zoom rather than optical zoom.
• Wide-screen please: Hold your phone horizontally so that videos played back on other screens (virtually everywhere) will look fine.

Mobile phone held horizontally
Hold your phone like this!

Please note that by sending us films, you are agreeing to your film/image being used by IPPF. If your film is accepted we will ask you to confirm that you are happy for us to use it and that you are aged 18 or over.

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