UN Women, together with the European Commission, Belgium, France, Mexico and in partnership with Cartooning for Peace, is organizing a Comic and Cartoon Competition to mark the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which set out how to remove the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is a visionary agenda for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere, still to date.
To commemorate this anniversary, UN Women has launched the multigenerational campaign, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future”, and will be convening a global gathering for gender equality, the Generation Equality Forum, co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the leadership and partnership of civil society. The Forum will kick-off in Mexico City, at the end of March 2021 and culminate in Paris, France, early June 2021.
As a global public conversation for urgent action and accountability for gender equality, the Forum will celebrate the power of women’s rights activism, feminist solidarity, and youth leadership to achieve transformative change.
The drawings of the finalists and semi-finalists will be exhibited -either virtually or in situ- during the Generation Equality Forum in Paris.
In cooperation with Cartooning for Peace, professional and renowned comic artists from different corners of the world have been identified as members of the jury. Finalists will be selected by a jury composed of expert comic artists and high-level representatives of the organising partners, including:
The prizes will be:
• First Prize: € 1200
• Second Prize: € 750
• Third Prize: € 500
The first-, second-, and third-prize winners of the competition will get the chance to attend the virtual opening of the Forum in Paris, and will be among the changemakers of this generation, including civil society, international organizations, governments, business, cities, parliaments, trade unions, media, and more! In addition, an exhibition with the cartoons from all finalists will take place during the Generation Equality Forum in Paris (in situ/virtual, depending on the situation).
Finally, the winners will have their work featured on several platforms, such as the website of Cartooning For Peace, but also on websites of other official partners and their respective social media channels.
We invite you to picture to your vision of what a gender equal generation looks like.
The Competition is part of the UN Women campaign “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future”, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women that took place in Beijing in 1995.
Get familiar with the Beijing Conference and its outcome document, the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action on the UN Women website.
Seek inspiration for your drawing in the 12 Critical Areas of Concern of the Beijing Platform:
The Area of Concern addressed in the drawing must be specified in the entry form.
The following rules apply:
You must submit your comic/cartoon without words by midnight (CET) 14 March 2021.
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