The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), in collaboration with the Euro-Mediterranean Women’s Foundation (FFEM), are launching the collage art contest "Collaging a Gender-Equal Future: Tailoring the Transformations of the Euro-Mediterranean Space".
Through the artistic language of collage, participants are invited to shed light on the complexities of gender equality in our present and/or to imagine alternative scenarios and strategies to overcome the hardships accentuated by the pandemic and towards a gender-equal future.
In 2020 in the whole world, including the Euro-Mediterranean region, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have not been the same for everyone. Gender disparities have widened: gender roles have become more embedded, the hardships of women workers in charge of unpaid care work and family duties have risen, and difficulties have increased for the most vulnerable women and girls. Furthermore, women have been in the front line of the pandemic, as they continue to be more present in those sectors most exposed to the virus. Gender-based violence has also ramified, intersected with the effects that the COVID-19 has caused in multiple sectors of the Euro-Mediterranean societies. At the same time, experts and civil society actors highlight that the pandemic can be perceived as a window of opportunity to build a safer and more egalitarian world, to favour societies in which gender equality is a cross-sectional element, to make the world better hear women’s and girls’ voices.
Everyone who is passionate about art (amateur or professional), over the age of 18, and a citizen of a Euro-Mediterranean country (see the full list of countries in the file attached).
Theme of the collage work must be: “Collaging a gender-equal future”. It must be clear that the purpose of the work is to present situations and realities that can favour gender-equality or to contest gender-based inequalities.
Collages can be realised in any format and medium: digital illustration, graphic design, photography, comic, postcard, pencil drawing, etc. Collages can containg lettering (in English and/or French and/or Arabic);
The collage must be coupled with a title and a short description in English and/or French and/or Arabic;
Collages must be sent as a high-resolution image in a .png or .jpg file.
An evaluation committee will select the 15 most creative and self-explanatory works, taking into consideration their compliance with the theme of the contest, including the 3 final winners.
• Your work will be published for a physical exhibition and through digital tools;
• Your work will be displayed in different exhibition venues, including the “Voix de Femmes” festival taking place in Sousse, Tunisia and the other countries of the project: Algeria, France, Morocco,Spain.
• Your work will be disseminated and highlighted in regional and international forums, conferences and meetings related to feminism and women’s rights.
If you are one of the 3 final winners:
• You will be considered and presented as an ambassador of the “Collaging a Gender-Equal Future” contest in the five countries of the project
• Your work will be displayed and highlighted in the promotional material of the “Voix de Femmes” project, as well as the other communication outputs of the “Voix the Femmes” festival;
Read the full details regarding the benefits for the finalists and winners in the file attached!
10th February 2021 at 13h CET
This contest is part of the project “Voix de Femmes – Itinerant Festival” coordinated by Forum Femmes Méditerranée (France), in partnership with Djaizairouna (Algeria), Agir pour la Citoyenneté (Morocco), We Love Sousse (Tunisia). The project is supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.