DigiMe Photo and Film Competition 2012 is here!

Are you creative? Would you like to support a campaign of active ageing through the use of digital technology in   Cyprus  The European Union has declared 2012 as the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations and this is your opportunity to further explore your creativity by taking part in the Digital Photo and Video Competition, with the theme of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations in   Cyprus  . The competition is organised by the NGO Support Centre, in partnership with the Cyprus Community Media Centre and with the support of the European Commission Representation in   Cyprus  You will get to promote your work online, among your friends and contacts and highlight the important issue of Active Ageing in   Cyprus  . And you might be one of the five winners of some very cool gadgets! The competition is open until the 30th of November 2012. For more information about the competition, the organisers and the terms & conditions you can visit the competition's website here.


CCMC marks October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

For its first observance, this year’s Day will focus on child marriage, which is a fundamental human rights violation and impacts all aspects of a girl’s life. Child marriage denies a girl of her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk to be a victim of violence and abuse, jeopardizes her health and therefore constitutes an obstacle to the achievement of nearly every Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and the development of healthy communities.

Globally, around one in three young women aged 20-24 years were first married before they reached age 18. One third of them entered into marriage before they turned 15. Child marriage results in early and unwanted pregnancies, posing life-threatening risks for girls. In developing countries, 90 per cent of births to adolescents aged 15-19 are to married girls, and pregnancy-related complications are the leading cause of death for girls in this age group.

Girls with low levels of schooling are more likely to be married early, and child marriage has been shown to virtually end a girl’s education. Conversely, girls with secondary schooling are up to six times less likely to marry as children, making education one of the best strategies for protecting girls and combating child marriage.

Preventing child marriage will protect girls’ rights and help reduce their risks of violence, early pregnancy, HIV infection, and maternal death and disability, including obstetric fistula. When girls are able to stay in school and avoid being married early, they can build a foundation for a better life for themselves and their families and participate in the progress of their nations.

Activities and events to mark the Day are organized by UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women.

Governments in partnership with civil society actors and the international community are called upon to take urgent action to end the harmful practice of child marriage and to:

  • Enact and enforce appropriate legislation to increase the minimum age of marriage for girls to 18 and raise public awareness about child marriage as a violation of girls’ human rights.
  • Improve access to good quality primary and secondary education, ensuring that gender gaps in schooling are eliminated.
  • Mobilize girls, boys, parents, leaders, and champions to change harmful social norms, promote girls’ rights and create opportunities for them.
  • Support girls who are already married by providing them with options for schooling, sexual and reproductive health services, livelihoods skills, opportunity, and recourse from violence in the home.
  • Address the root causes underlying child marriage, including gender discrimination, low value of girls, poverty, or religious and cultural justifications.

UNESCO Chair on Community Media speaking in Cyprus 11 October 2012

For more information please contact Michalis Simopoulos on +357-22-662269 or email

(Nicosia, 10/10/12) The UNESCO Chair on Community Media Professor Vinod Pavarala will be speaking on Thursday 11 October from 8pm at The Shoe Factory in Nicosia, at an event organised by the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) in collaboration with the Nicosia Municipality.

Vinod Pavarala, who is Professor of Communication at the University of Hyderabad in his native India, is on a five-day visit to Cyprus upon invitation to attend a series of civil society events aimed at raising awareness of the importance of community media in Cyprus. He will be joined on the podium this Thursday by representatives from the Nicosia Municipality and the Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO, as well as the Director of the Cyprus Radio and Television Authority, Neophytos Epaminondas.

In his talk Professor Pavarala will outline the ways in which community media can work with local authorities as part of a mutually beneficial relationship. “The challenge for community media organisations is to negotiate a linkage to local governments that is cooperative, yet independent, retaining the critical edge that lends credibility to their activities … Local governments could offer accommodation in public buildings either rent-free or at nominal rents or through waiving of local taxes”, said Pavarala.

This coming Friday Professor Pavarala will also be leading discussions on the role of media in promoting social change at the Euro-Mediterranean Souk, due to take place in the grounds of the Ledra Palace hotel. The Souk is an initiative of the Cyprus Islandwide NGO Development Platform (CYINDEP), one of the organisations supporting Professor Pavarala’s visit.

Both events are organised under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Training: Code of Conduct on Images and Messages

The Cyprus Islandwide NGO Development Platform CYINDEP and the Cyprus Community Media Centre CCMC are offering you a unique opportunity to attend a workshop based on the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages. The course will provide an introduction to the choice of images and messages based on:

  • *principles of respect for the dignity of the people concerned,
  • *belief in the equality of all people,
  • *and acceptance of the need to promote fairness, solidarity and justice.

Suitable for photographers, reporters, NGO and media professionals or development educators. The training will be conducted by Ellish Dillon, of the Irish Development Studies Centre Kimmage. Register online here by 19 September.

Cost: CYINDEP/CCMC members: free

Non-members: €15.

Full invitation here.


Cyprus Community Media Centre awarded European Union’s Leonardo Da Vinci Programme support for a new project entitled “Community Media Empowering Program”

(Nicosia, 06/09/12) The Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) was selected as the implementing partner by the Foundation for the Management of European Lifelong Learning Programmes (LLP), within the framework of a programme supported by the European Union’s Leonardo Da Vinci Programme for the project entitled “Community Media Empowering Program”.

The project will work with partners from Greece, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Poland, and France to establish an e-learning platform on community media, supplemented by a comprehensive training curriculum, and will offer training courses on various elements of community production. All partners have experience in volunteer and vocational training and specialise in core fields such as Community Media, Community video production, Technology/ICT training and training curriculum creating. The partners Community Media Centres, vocational institutes/vocational training centres, adult education providers, counselling information service providers or educational NGOs.

CCMC welcomes the various Community Media practitioners from across Europe to Nicosia for a three-day partner’s meeting starting today. The meetings are hosted and coordinated by CCMC and will serve to kick-off the two-year “Community Media Empowering Programme” project.

“Community Media is an essential element of the media landscape of 21st century Europe”, said Michalis Simopoulos, Community Media Coordinator at CCMC. “This programme is an opportunity to strengthen ties with partners in Europe, Greece in particular, that will ultimately improve awareness of, and access to, alternative forms of media”, added Petrou.

The main aims of the project are to design and develop training programmes and methodologies for civil society organisations in areas such as Media Literacy, Social Media, Technical skills of media equipment, Communications and ICT and Online tools.


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