Submit Your Story

We are looking for stories. Your story. To inspire people around the world to join the movement to safeguard religious sites #forSafeWorship.

So tell us your story. Upload a photo. Upload an entire album of photos. Post a series of videos. Embed your tweets. Send us screenshots of your epic social media posts. Write us a song. Pen a poem. Anything. Upload them to your socials and tag us, or use the form below. We’d love to read, hear, see, taste, and feel your story.

Get a chance to participate in the 9th UNAOC Global Forum

The author of the most inspiring story will be invited, all expenses paid, to the 9th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).

With the call to action #forSafeWorship, we are building a stream of inspiring stories shared by people just like you! Selected videos will be featured on our website, in news stories, YouTube channel, social media, and other platforms.

The author of the most inspiring story will be invited, all expenses paid, to the 9th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations  (location and date TBD – stay tuned!).

At the beginning of your video, we invite you to state your name, the country in which you are located, and the religious site you’d like to speak about. Then, we invite you to answer the following two questions:

  1. What does this religious site mean to you?
  2. Why is it important to you to ensure that this site is protected? What can you do about it?

Tips for making a great video:

No need to hire a professional! A short video recorded on your smartphone is sufficient. But plan ahead and shoot several takes to get it right. A few tips:

  • Always make sure to use landscape orientation and not portrait orientation while recording (hold your phone horizontally, not upright) and try to hold your phone steady.
  • If you do not have a microphone, make sure to shoot in a quiet area, and stay as close to the audio
    source as possible.
  • Use sufficient lighting: try facing the sun so that the light brightens up your shot and isn’t behind you.
  • Look directly at the camera on your phone, not the screen, and don’t forget to smile!

Format:

The video should be a maximum of three minutes. Please include a brief written summary of your video that can be displayed as a summary alongside the video (three sentences maximum). We are seeking original videos with content that can be understood by and appeals to a broad audience. All videos submitted must include English subtitles, even when the content of the video is in English. You are responsible for providing captions and may use free tools such as the one available on YouTube. For media to be considered, you must have created and have permission to use all content in your video, including still imagery and music. We will not accept work containing profanity or content that violates the UN Charter.

How to Submit Your Video:

You may choose to post your content on your own social media accounts (remember to use the hashtag #forSafeWorship and to tag @forSafeWorship!) or submit it by using the form below.

Submit Your Video Below:

Submit Video
How will you submit your video? *
Please send the file to MyStory@unaoc.org.
In the body of your email, please write down your name and the title of the video.

The call to action #forSafeWorship connects people around the world by providing access to a library of uplifting and inspiring stories of hope and resilience. Tell us how you stand #forSafeWorship by sharing your story with the world! The author of the most inspiring story will be invited, all expenses paid, to the ninth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (location and date TBD – stay tuned!).

In your essay, we invite you to identify a religious site that you’d like to speak about, and to answer the following two questions:

  •  What does this religious site mean to you?
  • Why is it important to you to ensure that this site is protected? What can you do about it?

Your essay should be a maximum of 1,000 words. We are seeking original content that can be understood by and appeals to a broad audience. Essays can be submitted in any language as long as a translation in English is provided. We will not accept work containing profanity or content that violates the UN Charter.

How to Submit Your Essay:

You may choose to post your content on your own social media accounts (remember to use the hashtag #forSafeWorship and to tag @forSafeWorship!) or submit it by using the form below.

Submit Story
Submissions that exceed the maximum word count will be disqualified.
Upload photos (optional)
Maximum upload size: 2MB

With the call to action #forSafeWorship, we are building a stream of inspiring stories shared by people just like you! Selected photos will be featured on SafeguardingReligiousSites.org, in news stories, UNAOC’s YouTube channel, social media, and other platforms. The author of the most inspiring story will be invited, all expenses paid, to the ninth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (location and date TBD – stay tuned!).

A few simple tips for making great photos:

  • No need to hire a professional! Photos taken with your smartphone are sufficient.
  • Instead of using your smartphone’s flash to illuminate your subject, try to find other sources of light, be it the sun or some indoor lights.
  • Be perfectly still when taking a photo, or even better: use a tripod. Pocket-sized tripods are perfect for smartphone photography.
  • Avoid digital zoom: digital zoom nearly always reduces the quality and resolution of the image. Simply move closer to your subject to maintain the image quality.

 We will not accept work containing profanity or content that violates the UN Charter.

How to Submit Your Photos:

You may choose to post your content on your own social media accounts (remember to use the hashtag #forSafeWorship and to tag @forSafeWorship!) or submit it by using the form below.

Submit Photos
Upload photos *
Maximum upload size: 2MB
Submissions that exceed the maximum word count will be disqualified.

Join the global call to action #forSafeWorship.

I believe in a world where hope surpasses fear. I am part of a global community that is inclusive of all people, regardless or religions or beliefs. I believe that religious sites are symbols of our shared humanity, history, and traditions. I commit to standing up and speaking out against violence against worshippers and religious sites, and to contributing to the safeguard of religious sites. I stand #forSafeWorship.

Thank you for taking the pledge #forSafeWorship.

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