[Competition] In Her Stride: Change The Lens

In support of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) returns for the 4th year with In Her Stride 2021: Change the Lens. This year, SCWO is partnering with homegrown storytellers from  local institutions.

In 2020 alone, there were 2,248 persoanal protection orders issued by the Family Justice Courts. In 2017, there were 230 cases of voyeurism. A study found that Singapore has the third highest rate of bullying globally. How can we further advocate for issues of violence and the changes you would like to see so that more can be done to protect women? 

In order for change to take place, society needs to be educated about what constitutes harassment, bullying, and what is considered as violence in relationships. SCWO invites talented individuals to showcase their creativity in filmmaking as a form of advocacy to bring about public awareness on these topics and how individuals can keep themselves safe in such situations. 

This short video competition will focus on 3 main topics (the video can cover more than one topic):

(i) Bullying and/or Cyberbullying

(ii) Any forms of Harassment (verbal, physical, emotional and/or technology-facilitated)

(iii) Violence in Relationships (domestic, family, dating etc)

This is an opportunity for you to show how we can further advocate for issues of violence and the changes you would like to see so that more can be done to protect women


Win Attractive Prizes 

  • First prize: Best short video ($3,000)
  • Second prize: Runner up ($2,000)
  • Third prize: Runner up ($1,000)

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Entry Requirements

The United Nations defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.

To qualify for this free competition, the filmmaker(s) should:

  • Be studying in a local institution (Polytechnics, ITEs, Junior Colleges, Universities, LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, School of The Arts). For more information, please refer to the FAQ below).
  • Be living in Singapore during the time of production and submission
  • Register as a team of 2 – 5 people
  • Register for the competition by 6 September 2021 (2359hr) with a video synopsis/idea of their short video
  • Submit your short video by 22 October 2021


Short Video Requirements

  • Your submission may focus on one or more of the 3 main topics: 
    • Bullying and/or Cyberbullying
    • Any forms of Harassment (verbal, physical, emotional and/or voyeurism)
    • Violence in Relationships (Domestic, Family, Dating etc) 
  • Your short video can take the form of any style or genre (Animation, Documentary etc)
  • Short Video duration: 1-3 minutes
  • Short Video format: .MOV or .MP4 
    • The short video should be produced in high-definition quality and suitable for uploading onto various Social Media platforms (YouTube, Instagram, TikTok,etc). 
    • Need to provide a downloadable link. 
    • If the video is shortlisted as a finalist entry, they are required to send in (1) an editable and (2) a high-resolution digital file of the video via online (Google Drive, WeTransfer or DropBox).


Screening and Judging

In Her Stride 2021: Change the Lens showcase will take place in November 2021. Not all videos submitted into the competition will be shortlisted and screened. Shortlisted entries will be notified by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations team and the filmmakers invited to attend the exhibition to explain their creation. Judging of the shortlisted entries and awarding of prizes will take place during the exhibition.


Art is not supposed to change the world,
 to change practical things, but to change perceptions.
Art can change the way we see the world. Art can create an analogy.” 

– JR, French Artist


Click here for answers to some of your most frequently asked questions!
Please refer to the Terms and Conditions here before submission

Event Date:
Register by 6 September 2021
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