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Kids 4 Human Rights International Drawing Contest was celebrated in 2018 as its first edition to highlight the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to create awareness about the importance of the Universal Declaration and its 30 Articles, adopted by the United Nations on 10 December 1948. The Universal Declaration promotes basic human rights so every woman, man and child on this planet can live and develop in dignity and peace - from the right to life, freedom and security; the right to education and freedom of expression and association, as well as the right to work, equal pay and freedom from all forms of discrimination. It is the most translated document around the globe available in over 500 languages.
Human Rights Day 2022 will mark the beginning of a year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We celebrate all our inalienable rights and freedoms including a right to education, a decent living, health care and a right to live free from any form of discrimination among others.
Despite the efforts to protect human rights, the hostility toward human rights and those who defend them continues to rise. As a result, this year’s Human Rights Day advocates for everyone to stand up for their rights and those of others civil, economic, political and cultural rights. Additionally, the day aims to enlighten us about how our rights are a foundation of sustainable development and peaceful societies. The day also acknowledges the advocates and defenders of human rights around the world.
What do human rights mean to you? And why should they be respected and defended?
If you are between 10 and 14 years old, express yourself by taking part in this global art competition to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one of the most important documents of the 20th century.
The Universal Declaration and its 30 Articles, adopted by the United Nations on 10 December 1948, promote basic human rights so everyone on this planet can live and develop in dignity and peace - from the right to life, freedom and security to the right to education and freedom of expression and association, as well as the right to work, equal pay and freedom from all forms of discrimination.
Send your drawings
The competition proposes three possible themes to inspire you. Choose a theme (or all of them), and start drawing… you can submit as many pictures as you like.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights contains 30 Articles. Choose one of these Articles and illustrate it in your own creative way.
Many people are well known for their actions in defending a just cause, bringing changes to the laws of a country or improving civil and human rights. These include Martin Luther King, who fought for Black Americans’ civil rights, Nelson Mandela, the first black President to lead South Africa after the end of apartheid; Malala, the young girl from Pakistan who survived an assassination as she tried to defend girls’ right to go to school; Martin Ennals, a former Secretary-General of Amnesty International and human rights defender; or Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer who became the first woman judge in Iran and who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her work defending the rights of women and children. And many, many others. Tell us which human right defender you admire most.
There are many ways and simple actions a person can take to defend human rights: showing your intolerance towards actions that have an impact on other people’s dignity or rights, showing your disagreement with actions that go against the respect of human rights, participating in a march to defend a cause or signing a petition, disagreeing with your brother or sister when they express intolerant views or say bad things about other people because they are part of a minority or perceived to have fewer rights than others… Every day there are still too many times when speech or actions hurt other people for their beliefs or because of who they are… you can stand up for someone’s rights.
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For each category, the jury will designate a first-, second- and third-prize winner. Special awards of merit may be given at the jury's discretion.
All artwork selected in the final stages of the competition will become part of the collection of the Gabarron Foundation's Oueen Sofia Children's Art Museum.
The contest prizes are:
First Prize: Diploma and Tablet.
Second Prize: Diploma and Tablet.
Third Prize: Diploma and easel with painting equipment.
Honorable Mention: There will be 22 honorable mentions with a diploma.
In addition, all the winners and honorable mentions will get: