Equality toons


There was a comic competition on gender equality.

UN Women together with the European Commission, the Belgian Development Cooperation, and UNRIC organized a Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality in 2015. The competition invited young European comic and cartoon artists and art students, aged 18 to 28 years, to picture their understanding of women’s rights and gender equality through cartoons and comics. The comics and cartoons had to be without words. Finalists were selected by a jury composed of professional comic artists, gender equality experts and communication experts. Below are the winners and semi-finalists!

It’s a little awkward that the first four winners are male, but oh well. (I’m assuming they judged them blind and so didn’t know who was female and who was male.)

I like the third place one, by Samuel Akinfenwa Onwusa Samuel:

Samuel Akinfenwa Onwusa Samuel was born in Zaragoza, Spain in 1987. He has been influenced by art and painting since he was a child. Samuel holds degrees in arts as well as in design and illustration from the School of Arts in Zaragoza. Since 2009, he has been serving as an illustrator for different companies in Spain. He also works as a graphic designer doing posters and corporate designs. Samuel has won a number for prizes for his posters.

Also the one by Agata Hop:

Agata was born in 1995 and is currently attending high school in Supraśl, Poland. She pursues her art through a number of projects covering illustration, comics, digital drawing and animation. She has worked at an animation studio, designed T-shirts for a dance workshop at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, and created the logo for the Theatre Dolls and People in Bialystok.

Comments

  1. PatrickG says

    Agreed that Agata Hop’s submission was clearly the best. :)

    I guess the second place winner, by David Ibáñez, was about a girl who cried wolf, then said fuck it and just took the wolf down herself? I’m not quite sure, the description is:

    About my cartoon: Stop telling stories, you are superpowerful!

    Seems like a kind of odd message to win second place, if I’m reading it correctly (stop yelling about gender inequality and just go fix it already!).

  2. Callinectes says

    @ PatricG

    It’s Little Red Riding Hood, which in the original ends with Red being eaten by the wolf, and in later versions being rescued by a (male) woodcutter. David’s cartoon depicts Red successfully dealing with the wolf by herself.

  3. PatrickG says

    Aha, wrong fable then. In retrospect, the hood that is red is a pretty dead give-away! My bad, and thanks. :)

  4. Donnie says

    I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of concepts illustrated by Agata Hop of Poland and Aitor López García of Spain

  5. Donnie says

    It’s a little awkward that the first four winners are male, but oh well. (I’m assuming they judged them blind and so didn’t know who was female and who was male.)

    I took it as an encouraging sign after spending time reading MRA “viewpoints” via We Hunted the Mammoth.

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