SEED Foundation launched the The Art of Equality competition to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and in an effort to promote gender equality in Kurdistan and promote the positive portrayal of women and girls in art and the media. Young artists aged 15-35 were invited to submit their artwork on the topic of gender equality and positive and empowering portrayals of women and girls. The competition, which ran from November 8th till 29th, 2020, was a huge success and SEED received a staggering 92 submissions! The level of participation and excellent submissions demonstrated that young artists are ready to engage in critical ways to advance the cause of gender equality.
A panel of esteemed international and national judges, including diplomats, KRG officials, artists, and NGOs, evaluated the 20 top submissions. Based on the judges’ evaluations, the winners’ artworks highlighted, in their own unique ways, gender equality and showed positive and empowering portrayals of women.
1st place: Mariam Adamat, ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadi’ (Woman, Life, Freedom)
2nd place: Soniya Ahmed, ‘Us and We’
3rd place: Zinah Jamal, ‘Let Equality Bloom’
Our thanks to all of the inspiring artists who made submissions and all the judges for their participation. Let’s continue the fight for gender equality together!