Message from CEO of Merck Foundation, Senator Rasha Kelej, announcing Merck Foundation Film Awards “More Than a Mother” 2021


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I am very happy to announce the Call for Application for Merck Foundation Film Awards “More than a Mother” 2021 for African countries.


All African Filmmakers and students are invited to create and share a film or a docudrama to deliver a strong and influential message to Break Infertility Stigma and Empowering girls and women through education at all levels.


I strongly believe that art plays a significant role in raising awareness about sensitive topics like infertility, hence will contribute significantly to break the stigma around infertile women in Africa, if utilized properly. There are many infertile women out there; we witness their stories of suffering and humiliation every day, it is time to act and make a change.


Let’s join hands to make a change and Break Infertility Stigma, a message that must reach every door, every community, every mind, and every heart...


Look forward to receiving your applications.


Kind regards,

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej

CEO of Merck Foundation

President of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother


Who can apply

All African Filmmakers and students are invited to create and share a FILM or a DOCUDRAMA to deliver strong and influential messages to break infertility stigma, and/or Empower Girls and Women through Education and at all levels


Last date of Submission:

30th August 2021


How to Apply

The applicants are requested to send us their films as YouTube link on:


Please mention the subject:

Merck Foundation Film Awards “More than a Mother” 2021, add your name, institution name, email and your contact details in the email.




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