UN Women, the Delegation of the European Union (EU), and Embassies of EU Member States are launching today (5/8) a Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality. The competition is part of the UN Women’s campaign “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”.
The Indonesian public is invited to join the competition with their comic or cartoon drawings. To qualify for submission, participants must reside in Indonesia and be 18 years old or older. The submitted drawing should illustrate the prevailing situations on gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment and what changes she or he would like to see.
The deadline for submission is 30 September 2016.
“Despite progress, gender inequalities remain a critical issue throughout the world. With this competition, we are inviting everyone to picture achievements and challenges in achieving gender equality,“ said Lily Puspasari, Officer-in-Charge of UN Women Indonesia. “Art is a powerful medium. Therefore, through this competition, we would like to engage citizen to amplify the goal of Planet 50-50 by 2030, as well as trigger a debate about the situation of gender equality in an interesting way. We hope that this competition will lead to greater understanding of Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5) and capture some of the issues faced by women in Indonesia up until today,” she added.
“The EU is committed to taking forward the 2030 UN Agenda and its SDGs with strong commitment to advance gender equality and empower women and girls around the world,” said Vincent Guérend, EU Ambassador to Indonesia. “No country across the globe has yet fully achieved gender equality. There has been a lot of progress but many gaps still exist. With UN Women, we continue working jointly for gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide. This includes our collaboration in the Planet 50-50 Campaign. Through the comic and cartoon competition, we engage Indonesians in picturing their vision of progress towards gender equality,” he added.
The top 10 drawings – to be showcased in an exhibition - will be selected by a panel of judges, comprising comic artists, representatives from UN Women and the EU, as well as gender equality experts. The selection will be based on relevance to the theme, technique and composition. Three winners will be announced on the 25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in an award ceremony which will also mark the opening of the exhibition. The exhibition will take place in Jakarta from 25 November to 10 December 2016, marking the end of 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.
More information about the competition can be found on the UN Women Asia Pacific website: http://bit.ly/planet5050
About UN Women
UN Women is the United Nations organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, In Indonesia, the organisation was established in 1995 to accelerate progress on women’s rights. UN Women’s efforts are based on the fundamental belief that every woman has the right to live a life free from violence, poverty, and discrimination, and that gender equality is a prerequisite to achieving global development.
About Sustainable Development Goals
On 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 5 is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The Sustainable Development Goals seek to change the course of the 21st century, addressing key challenges such as poverty, inequality, and violence against women. Women’s empowerment is a pre-condition for this. Women have a critical role to play in all of the SDGs, with many targets specifically recognising women’s equality and empowerment as both the objective, and as part of the solution.
About Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality
The Planet 50-50 is a UN Women-led campaign aimed at a world where all women and girls have equal opportunities and rights by 2030. It asks governments to make national commitments to address challenges holding women and girls back– from laws and policies to national action plans and adequate investment. Everyone has a role to play to make gender equality a lived reality by 2030.
About the EU's partnership with UN Women
The EU and UN Women established a strategic partnership in 2012. This partnership was reconfirmed in June 2016 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to continue working together and stepping up efforts for gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide. The partnership consists of joint policy dialogue and best practices exchanges, joint advocacy and joint programming for increased women’s leadership, political participation and economic empowerment, for combatting sexual and gender equality.