What’s Up World? #18

Published on MTV’s international pro-social website MTV Voices on 27.02.13

What’s Up World?
Between the cracks of the world’s news headlines

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Time to make 294 mini-Oscars

Inocente, a short documentary about a homeless teenaged artist, has become the first crowd-funded film to win an Oscar.

294 backers raised $52,527 via online funding platform Kickstarter to help tell the story of 15-year-old Inocente, an undocumented immigrant who has been forced to live homeless with her family for the last nine years.

Since launching in 2009, Kickstarter users have pledged over $450 million to fund creative projects across music, art, games, design and film.

Long live indie cinema! Also, big up crowd-funding and the internet.

Nearly half of all child soldiers are girls

When it comes to the trafficking of children, we usually envisage ‘child soldiers’ as boys and girls as ‘sex slaves’. But that’s not how it really is.

Girl soldiers are highly valued by militant groups, considering their ‘versatility’ to serve as combatants, spies, domestic slaves or ‘bush wives’. Hundreds of thousands of girls have been forcibly recruited in armed conflicts all over the world, in Sri Lanka, Colombia, Nepal, Uganda, The Congo, East Timor and Pakistan amongst others.

The misconception has left a gaping hole in the help available to rescued women and girl soldiers, who are often the most challenging to rehabilitate. An estimated 40% of all child soldiers around the world are said to be girls, but they make up less 5% of participants in demobilisation and reintegration programmes.

When video gamers become activists  

It ends up Facebook offers more opportunities for ‘social good’ than just stalking your ex’s new love interest…

Half The Sky Movement: The Game, a Facebook adventure that raises awareness and funds to empower women and girls around the world, is coming to the social network next week (4 March).

As players recruit friends and unlock donations, from books to medical care, sponsors make equivalent contributions in real life to various NGO partners working for the empowerment of women around the world.

The coolest video you’ll see this week

Having been viewed 4 million times in its first five days online, ‘To This Day’ is an amazingly stunning video gone viral with an important message.

The seven minute animated short takes a look at the long-lasting effects that bullying can have, not just while we’re kids but as we grow up and carry that hurt with us into the rest of our lives.

Created by poet and spoken word artist Shane Koyczan, together with a long list of big-hearted animators and motion graphics designers, the video is now making way for the To This Day Project – click here to find out how you can contribute to the project.

Something brewing in your part of the world? We want to know about it. Tweet @its_alicia or @mtvvoices using the hashtag #WhatsUpWorld

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