Saturday, September 02, 2006

Nairobi +21 Cartoon Competition Re-advertised

African Women’s Development and Communication Network(FEMNET) in partnership with the Association of East African Cartoonists (KATUNI) are organising a cartoon exhibition and competition to mark the Nairobi+21 Conference which is to be held in October. FEMNET in partnership with KATUNI aims to promote an appreciation of cartoons as communication tools for awareness creation and generation of debate on gender issues.

What is Nairobi +21?
21 years ago, the first international women’s conference in Africa was held in Nairobi, Kenya. The Conference for the first time afforded women of the South an opportunity to organise and influence international commitments on women. The result of the Conference was the Nairobi Forward Looking Strategies (NFLS) that later informed the Beijing Platform for
Action (BPFA).

Nairobi +21 initiative offers an opportunity to reflect on achievements and what has changed for women over the last two decades. It also hopes to invigorate debate around gender issues on the continent, hold governments accountable for the obligations they undertook on behalf of women and enable the youth identify with the goals of the NFLS and BPFA. For more information on Nairobi +21 click here.

Exhibition Theme: Reflections on Nairobi +21
Cartoons should focus on the main themes of NFLS - equality, development and peace. Cartoonists are free to pick on a sub-theme of their choice from employment, health, education, communications, science and technology, and environment. Creativity from the
cartoonists is encouraged in the interpretation of the exhibition theme.
Cartoonists can submit work that highlights their impressions of achievements and what has changed for women over the last 21 years. Caricatures of prominent women leaders in Africa and women leaders at community level can also be submitted. Entries from women cartoonists are encouraged.

Original entries Should be marked "Katuni exhibition"
and sent to:
Association of East African Cartoonists
P.O. Box 3613-00200 (City Square), Nairobi

Or dropped off at
Communicating Artists Ltd.
3rd Floor, Revlon Plaza,
Kimathi Street, Nairobi

Artworks may also be sent via email to

The new deadline for receiving artworks is 30th September, 2006

The Prize
The top prize is a year’s subscription to FEMNET (membership entitles you to receive FEMNET
publications, e-newsletters, and participation in the General Assembly), the chance to be a guest cartoonist for FEMNET publications with a regional reach, and a bonus cash prize of Kshs. 1,500

The first and second runner up will receive cash prize of Kshs. 1,000 and Kshs. 500 respectively.

All winners will have their work featured on the FEMNET website.

The public attending the Nairobi +21 Conference on July 28, 2006 will be invited to pick the winning entries. Voting will be by secret ballot. The cartoonist that receives most votes, wins. Voting will be based on work that contributes to promoting non-discrimination, diversity, and equality of women and men.

FEMNET reserves the right to use all material submitted for the exhibition in any way and media, and to reproduce it for purposes of its work on women’s rights, gender and development.

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