UN Women—together with the European Commission, Belgium, France, Mexico, as well as in partnership with Cartooning for Peace—organized a global comic and cartoon competition to mark the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
More than 1200 young artists between 18 and 28 years old, from more than 120 countries, participated in the contest and submitted their cartoons to share their vision of #GenerationEquality. Finalists were selected by a jury composed of professional comic artists, high-level representatives and gender equality experts, and a youth activist.
This competition was an opportunity for young people around the world to raise their voices using art as a powerful and universal means of expression. The “Generation Equality: Picture It” competition was also the chance to become part of the global movement for gender equality in the context of the Generation Equality Forum, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of France and Mexico.
The comics of the finalists and semi-finalists will be virtually exhibited during the Forum in Paris, and more exhibitions around the world are expected in the second half of 2021. Stay tuned for more!
The winners are:
- First Prize: Brice Tadé Tangou (Cameroon)
- Second Prize: Hiroshi Reyes (Philippines)
- Third Prizes:
The semi-finalists are:
- Esther Aghotor (Nigeria)
- Rika Asakawa (Japan)
- Shari Avendaño Rojas (Venezuela)
- Andrea Cabrera (Honduras)
- Shirin Fatollahi (Islamic Republic of Iran)
- Gabriela Leann Angeles (Philippines)
- Noa Poljak (Croatia)
- Mpho Tsuene (Lesotho)
Brice Tadé Tangou, Cameroon
Tadé Tangou Brice, 22, is an architecture student at the École Nationale Supérieure des Travaux Publics in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Passionate about drawing since he was a child, he excelled in competitions since secondary school. While studying architecture, he continued to distinguish himself by winning silver (2018) and bronze (2019) medals in drawing at University. In January 2020, he designed the mascot for the CHAN Cameroon 2020 (African Nations Football Championship). In January 2021, he was one of the 5 designers selected for the Coca-Cola #Opentobetter illustration competition on the Talenthouse website.
About my cartoon: Perched above the world! Women and girls as actors and builders of an equal world over which they watch and deploy their full potential.
Why Generation Equality: #GenerationEquality reminds us of the important value of women’s and girls’ contribution to society when their rights are respected; it symbolizes a just, sharing world where everyone contributes to equality; it sets out the actions to be taken by all to achieve this. #GenerationEquality also represents the possibility for everyone to participate in different spheres of society without discriminatory barriers; #GenerationEquality is also the respect for gender equality in all areas. It means equal opportunities, the end of violence, harassment, and prejudice against women.