HCD launches media competition on rights of the disabled

The HCD media competition encourages media professionals to discuss issues faced by Jordan’s disabled population. (Photo: Jordan News)
The HCD media competition encourages media professionals to discuss issues faced by Jordan’s disabled population. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Under the patronage of HRH Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein, president of the HigherCouncil for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (HCD), the council launched on Saturday a media competition to raise awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities.اضافة اعلان

The contest, titled “Deal with My Topic…. Objectively,” seeks creative media products that work towards humanizing persons with disabilities and integrating them into society.

Ziad Al-Mougrabi, media unit manager at HCD, said in a phone interview with Jordan News that the competition aims at spreading awareness among media professionals in Jordan and encourages them to address, prioritize, and discuss issues faced by Jordan’s disabled population, which exceeds one million.

“Disability issues are usually presented by the media in two ways: either by showing pride in persons with disabilities or by feeling sorry for them. Instead, we ask competitors to focus on the environmental obstacles and behavioral barriers they encounter rather than the disabilities per se,” Mougrabi said.

For the competition, media products may include written, audio, visual media, and drama productions, such as theater plays and movies, he added.

“Eight winners will be chosen, two winners for each area,” Mougrabi said. “The first and second winners for each area will receive a cash prize of JD1000 and JD500, respectively.”

Mougrabi said that competitors can participate either individually or in teams, and that participants may propose more than one product.

Participants should reflect their work in different topics and themes including the rights of people with disabilities to health, mobility and movement, culture, work, education, tourism, banking services, voting, justice, personal and social protection from violence, marriage, and inclusion, Mougrabi said.

“Submitted media products will be evaluated by an arbitration committee consisting of media professionals and specialists in the rights of people with disabilities in order to select the winners,” he added.

Al-Mougrabi said that proper use of terminology, avoidance of stereotyping, and the quality of the media product, among other things, will be considered in the assessment of the product.

According to the HCD website, the evaluation criteria for the selection of winners depends on accuracy of information, comprehensiveness and inclusiveness, style and approach of coverage/illustration, adoption of a human rights-based approach, use of supportive illustrative data and photos, modernity, and innovation.

The application deadline is on October 31, 2021. The names of winners will be announced on December 3, 2021, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

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