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Student videos highlight equality and safety issues

Media Release from Equal Opportunity Commission and SafeWork SA
7 December 2010

Generation Z has shown it’s onboard with South Australia’s campaign against discrimination and harassment, judging by the entries in a recent video competition.

Held by the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) and SafeWork SA, the theme for the 2010 Rights, Camera Action competition was ‘rights and responsibilities at work, at school or in the community’.

The competition encouraged young people to examine occupational health, safety and welfare, discrimination and harassment issues by producing a short video.

Equal Opportunity Community Commissioner, Anne Burgess said; “Rights Camera Action is an awareness-raising competition designed to encourage the next generation to think about their rights and responsibilities.”

“The competition encourages creativity whilst providing avenues for young people to learn about, and help address, equal opportunity issues that directly affect them.

“It’s not just bullying and harassment at school that young people encounter.

“Racial, gender and religious discrimination and harassment are issues that young people face with in the community and even at work,” Ms Burgess said.

SafeWork SA Acting Executive Director, Bryan Russell said; “Juniors and casuals have workplace rights in South Australia too, including the right not to be discriminated against or harassed in the workplace.”

“These are the messages that students were asked to explore and promote in their video.”

Year 11 student, Jana Plumm, from the Walford Anglican School for Girls was awarded 1st prize of $500 and $1,000 for her school, for producing the short film Outside the Circle. Her film looked at the impact of bullying, in particular not being accepted by your peers, which elicited a strong emotional response from the judges.

This is the first year that the EOC and SafeWork SA have worked together to run the competition.

“Teachers were able to work the competition into subject curriculums so the efforts of students can contribute towards their SACE,” Mr. Russell said.

“The productions will be used at awareness-raising activities and events to assist in engaging other South Australian young people with equal opportunity and occupational health, safety and welfare messages.”

The videos will also be posted to the EO 4 Schools, SafeWork SA, Youth @Work and Passport to Safety websites.