In September 2017, the British Embassy in Cairo held the second ‘Gender September’, which includes a month of events and communications on what the UK is doing to support greater gender equality in Egypt and why it matters. This year’s theme was sharaka (partnership), defined as men and women working together for the good of society. […]
Indonesian alumni promote cultural and religious tolerance through film
To mark Human Rights Day, the British embassy in Jakarta and Chevening Alumni Association Indonesia ran a competition called ‘Chevening Diversity: 1 minute film challenge’ to promote promote cultural and religious tolerance. Entrants were asked to produce a one minute film about religious and cultural diversity, which were then uploaded to a dedicated YouTube channel.
So far the videos have been viewed over 35,000 times on YouTube. The eight shortlisted videos have been viewed a further 12,000 times on Instagram. The competition included two categories: one for Chevening Alumni and one for the wider public. It received over 50 entries, all competing for a modest cash prize.
The winning film was Menarilah by Kamis Project, which tells the story of a young woman ostracised by those around her for being an outsider. However, through her dance lessons teaching the local children, people start to see beyond their differences. It was selected by two Chevening Alumni—one a prominent film maker; the other a prominent human rights activist.
The British Embassy in Jakarta plans to use the videos in future campaigns to demonstrate both the values Chevening candidates embody and the support the UK provides for alumni to have a positive impact once they return to Indonesia. They also hope to hold a discussion on religious tolerance in the lead up to the regional elections in June.
The British Consulate in Istanbul recently hosted the second Chevening regional conference entitled Syria and its impact on the region: 5 years into the conflict. 16 Chevening Alumni from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey selected as practitioners and experts in their fields, gathered to discuss the humanitarian aspects of the conflict, including the impact of refugees […]
Chevening Alumna Khongorzul Amarsanaa (Zola) has dedicated her life to eliminating violence against women and children in Mongolia, especially child sexual abuse. Last month, her efforts, as well as those of the many volunteers at Beautiful Hearts Against Sexual Violence (Beautiful Hearts), were recognised at a global awards ceremony in London. Established in 2012, Beautiful […]