Cartoon Competition on Child Marriage, Domestic Violence

  • Published on: 14/01/2018
  • On 4 December 2017, UNFPA Jordan, Seven Circles and cartoonist Omar Al Abdallat announced the winners of their joint online cartoon competition to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. People over 18 years old were invited to submit original cartoons highlighting the negative effects of child marriage and domestic violence. The competition garnered a total of 167 cartoons and 6,190 votes.

    Winners Alaa Rustum of Syria and Doaa El Adl of Egypt were each awarded a $500 prize for their winning cartoons by the Landmark Amman Hotel.

    Alaa Rustum’s cartoon, entitled “Underage,” was chosen by 1,724 online voters on Working Dreamers, a competition-based online platform. Rustum’s cartoon depicts an older man with a baby carriage containing a weeping young girl in a wedding gown. Doaa El Adl’s cartoon, entitled "Marriage of Minors," depicts a smiling older man pushing a shopping cart full of young girls wearing wedding gowns.

    El Adl's cartoon was selected by a jury consisting of Laila Baker, Leana Islam, UNFPA Jordan Emergency Youth Officer, Bryn Boyce, Deputy Director of Programmes at International Rescue Committee, Mary Nazzal-Batayneh, named as one of Forbes’ most powerful Arab businesswomen, Hana Al Araj, a journalist and TV presenter and Gada Jermy, a digital artist.

    To view all of the online cartoon competition submissions, please visit the Working Dreamers website.