What we’re watching: ‘Price Tag’ lipdub by 500 women; The music of a war child; Epic speech on sexism in politics; Because I am a girl; the film that changed the law in Kurdistan

Here’s the latest roundup of videos we’ve been watching here at DevelopmentEducation.ie world HQ.

‘Price Tag’ lipdub by 500 women | Uganda

Mircofinance.com is a site run by Dutch nongovernmental organisation SYPO who provide structural aid in Uganda. The website was started to support a microfinance project run by SYPO in Uganda. All too often the negative aspects of people’s lives in the developing world is the single narrative used to sell different campaigns. This video shows the positive side with 500 Ugandan women who have set up their own business through SYPO. It brings the meaning of Jessie J’s hit ‘Price Tag’ to a whole new level…

The music of a war child | Sudan

At the age of seven years old, Emmanuel Jal became a child soldier in his native Sudan. Through rap and poetry, he tells the story of his incredible life so far…

Epic speech on sexism in politics | Lisa Kudrow in TV drama ‘Scandal’ | USA

American political drama ‘Scandal’ stars Lisa Kudrow as Congresswoman Josephine Marcus – one of its many strong female characters. Her speech in this video, although fictional, resonates strongly within gender politics the world over.

Because I am a girl | Malawi

Another fantastic video from Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign, again, carrying a positive message. The film features 12-year-old Brendar from Malawi who lost both her parents to AIDS, and it was awarded the UNICEF Award for best film promoting children’s rights at the 2013 International Animation Festival in Annecy. One not to miss!

‘It’s like neutering animals’: the film that changed the law in Kurdistan | FGM | Kurdistan

Two film makers spent almost a decade reporting on the greatest taboo in Kurdish society – Female Genital Mutilation. Nabaz Ahmed and Shara Amin persuaded people to talk about the effects of FGM and the film they made helped get the practice outlawed in 2011. In the last few years, the number of girls being mutilated in Kurdistan has fallen by 60%. Supported by BBC Arabic and The Guardian, here is that story…