An exciting initiative for the promotion of under-represented cartoonists and celebration of their work.
United Sketches, the organisation for refugee and displaced cartoonists established by our friend and colleague Kianoush Ramezani, has announced a new cartooning award dedicated exclusively to women.
The Prix International Des Dessinatrices De Presse has been created in consultation with a committee of women cartoonists, including CRNI supporter Ann Telnaes, and will be judged by an all-female panel from across multiple professions. Cartoonists are invited to submit work on the themes of “Climate Change” and “Equality”. The deadline is August 31st 2019. Full details of how to submit cartoons, the judging process and future plans for the cartoons are available online.FULL CONTEST DETAILS
“… equality is still a dream to be achieved in the 21st century! United Sketches international organization offers this annual award exclusively to women cartoonists to fight patriarchy and inequality.”United Sketches
Generally speaking CRNI does not concern itself with the vital but very crowded field of international cartoon contests, festivals and prizes. However as a human rights organisation we recognise absolutely the need to address inequality wherever it exists. In short, women’s rights are human rights. Unlike some we reject the contention that goodwill and meritocracy alone will redress the imbalance in a profession that remains stubbornly male. Affirmative action is required. We commend United Sketches in their effort and wish those entering every success.
UPDATE! The award offers two prizes: a €3,000 Grand Prix and another of €1,500 for cartoonists under 26 years of age.