More than 17,000 children from around the globe have drawn pictures depicting their passion for human rights in an international art competition honoring the upcoming 70th anniversary of the ground-breaking Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Children from 71 different countries submitted drawings to the “Kids for Human Rights” contest, organized by the United nations Information Service in Geneva (UNOG), the UN human rights office (OHCHR) and the Garrabon Foundation, which tackles issues of international interest through arts and education.
Participants, aged 10 to 14, were asked to adhere to one of three guidelines: Showcase a human right they felt most strongly about defending, show a human rights defender they admire most, or illustrate how they could help defend human rights themselves.
Wnning contestants were announced on 10 December, marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ adoption by the United Nations, which promotes and celebrates basic the human rights of every woman, man and child, and observed annually as Human Rights Day.
Prizes were awarded to the following participants in the categories of "A human right I feel strongly must be defended," "A human rights defender I admire," and "How I can defend or promote human rights:"
Madie Crawshaw, 14, of Sydney Australia, Addison Wright, 12, of California, USA, João Marques, 13, of Cascais, Portugal, Adebola Adewale, 14, of Georgia, USA, Margaret Kuts, 12, of British Columbia, Canada, Barad Memar Kermani, 10, of Tehran, Iran, Saied Muhamma Saleh, 12, of Dhaka Bangladesh, Prima Rungruang, 12, of Bangkok, Thailand, and Macarena Diaz, 10, of Santa Cruz Bolivia. You can view their winning work on The Gabarron contest page here.
An international jury is tasked with selecting three top winners. Among the judges is Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón, founder of the Garrabon foundation; along with Hanni Abbas, an award-winning Syrian-Palestinian cartoonist; UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore; Spanish journalist Susanna Griso; President of the Spanish chapter of the International Association of Art Critics Tomas Paredes; and Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Youth.
The winning artwork will be displayed alongside some 50,000 pieces in a collection at one of the first museums in the world dedicated to children’s art, the Queen Sofia Children’s Art Museum, set up by the Gabarron Foundation in Valladolid, Spain.
More by Cristóbal Gabarrón, artist and Garrabon foundation founder, with the United Nations here.