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Organized by the Gabarron Foundation and the Queen Sofia Children's Art Museum
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.
Geneva, Switzerland, 9 December 2022 – The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is teaming up with Spanish artist Cristobal Gabarron and the Gabarron Foundation to launch an international drawing contest urging young people to reflect on the importance of human rights.
The “Kids for human rights” international drawing competition invites young people aged 10 to 14 to produce creative artwork based on three possible themes: the human right they feel strongly about defending; a person they admire for his or her efforts in defending or promoting human rights; and how they, as individuals, can stand up for human rights in their own way.
This year’s 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights acts as a springboard for the global contest. Adopted in 1948, the Declaration is a milestone document that set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.
Young artists have until 31 October 2023 to submit their artwork. The winners will be announced on 10 December, celebrated worldwide as Human Rights Day.
“The language and spirit of the Declaration have the potential to overcome division and polarization. It can make peace with nature, our planet, and point the way to sustainable development for future generations. Its light can shine in the daily lives of individuals, in communities, in their neighbourhoods, in schools, offices, and on the streets. But this requires our generation, including young people, to give the Declaration new life, to take ownership and to repurpose it to meet the needs of our time and the challenges of our future.” says Volker Türk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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. Over 17,000 drawings from 71 countries met eligibility criteria to enter the competition.
“This massive participation was possible because the UN and the GF mobilized children, schools and civil society organizations by setting a series of children workshops, at the same time they promoted extensively all over the world through their network of offices and social networks”, adds artist Cristobal Gabarron, who, to inspire young people, created 30 original artwork depicting his vision of each of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Tomorrow, we will open #Kids4HumanRights second edition International Art Competition for youth (ages 10-14) worldwide and will start the first workshop and at Spazju Kreattiv, Malta’s National Centre for Creativity in Valletta. Spanish Artist, Cristobal Gabarron and Maltese Artist Anna Calleja will led an interpretive workshop for children entitle “Human Rights in the Heart”, awakening curiosity and critical thinking.
Children will learn and interpret in an artistic way the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The workshop is inspired by the collection "The Color of Human Rights" by the Spanish artist Cristobal Gabarron, exhibited until Sunday December 11th at Spazju Kreattiv Centre as part of the exhibition “Gabarron, the colours of hope”, curated by Rupert Cefai.
Winners’ creations will be exhibited in various locations before becoming part of the art collection of one of the first museums in the world dedicated to children’s art, set up by the Gabarron Foundation. Headquartered in Valladolid, Spain, the Queen Sofia Children’s Art Museum houses a collection of some 60,000 artwork produced by children all over the world.
Artist Cristobal Gabarron (1945 Mula, Murcia, Spain) is known for his production of public art, as well as his work with the United Nations. Among other projects, in 2015 his “Enlightened Universe” sculpture, which he created for the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, was inaugurated in New York’s Central Park. It has since been exhibited in Geneva, Amsterdam, Brussels, Valladolid and this year in Valletta, Malta. Gabarron's work is focused on his interest in humanism, people who live in harmony with their natural surroundings, their peaceful coexistence, and the development of human values.
Full information on the contest can be found on the website http://kids4humanrights.org/
Follow the contest on social media using the hashtag: #kids4humanrights
Marta Vaquero, Gabarron Foundation
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Regional Representative for Europe
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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.
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:
We encorage schools and groups of children around the world to organize drawing workshops on Human Rights that develop the concept of this contest about the awareness of Human Rights on our Kids.
In the current PDF teachers can follow our recomended guide lines to create the #Kids4HumanRights workshop. The drawings then can be sent to us to participate in the International Contest.
The Second Edition of “Kids for human rights” international drawing competition (the Competition) is being carried out by the Gabarrón Foundation in association with the United Nations Office at Geneva and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, based in Geneva.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk - message to mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.