ILO-HRSF International Cartoon Competition on “Forced Labor and Modern Slavery”

  • Apply Before : April 19, 2021

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 144371
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • No. of Opportunity 3
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

About the competition

The deadline for submission for the International Competition on Forced Labor has been extended to April 19, 2021. The competition is organized by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the NGO Human Resources without Borders (RHSF), in partnership with Cartooning for Peace and 50 for Freedom. You might know that millions of workers are subjected to forced labor and inhumane working conditions that amount to modern forms of slavery which is a gross violation of human rights. So, with this said, the organizers are inviting cartoonists to participate in this competition by sharing their cartoons drawn up against forced labor.


Deadline: April 19, 2021 midnight CET time

Number of awards: 3

Awards and benefits

The competition jury will choose the winning cartoons and present the following awards:

  • Best cartoons of the entire competition on “Forced labor”
  • Best cartoon on “Forced labor of children”
  • Best cartoon on “Taking action”

In addition,

  • The jury will consider all submitted entries for the three awards.
  • Winners will be interviewed by the ILO and their cartoons featured on the websites of Cartooning for Peace, the ILO, 50 for Freedom, and RHSF.
  • A collection of the best cartoons will be used to develop an international exhibition and a massive publication to increase awareness on forced labor.

Why cartoon is important for such a phenomenon?

Undoubtedly, cartoons are powerful tools that can make complex messages easy to understand without any words and inspire people to reflect on sensitive topics.

Every one of us has a role to play against forced labor as companies, employers, consumers, states, citizens, workers, artists, cartoonists and so on. Therefore, it is important to use any tool, including cartoons, to raise awareness on forced labor and try to stop it.

Who are eligible?

  • Cartoonists from all over the world who can create cartoons to depict forced labor and the message associated with it in the picture (without words) can join.
  • Artists are also welcome to submit entries for the competition.
  • Participants can create cartoons that will raise awareness, stimulate action and emphasize the critical need to eliminate this extreme violation of human rights.
  • All participants must agree to the terms and conditions of the competition.

How to apply?

Applicants can submit their cartoons online through the following link.

Submit HERE.

Submission rules:

  • Cartoons should not contain text. A few simple words may be inserted, only if in English, French or Spanish.
  • Any drawing technique is acceptable.
  • Cartoonists must send their submissions as a numeric image format jpeg, A4 size, 300dpi.
  • Each artist can submit a maximum of 4 cartoons.
  • Cartoons will remain general without mentioning any specific entity/organization since the theme of the competition is a general and worldwide concept.
  • The organizers will personally contact submitters if selected at the end of the selection process.
  • Cartoonists should submit entries online.
  • Cartoons that do not adhere to any of the specified rules will be disqualified.

Visit the International Cartoon Competition for more information about the competition, forced labor, and what the IL says or had done to fight it.

Still, have questions concerning the contest? Contact cartooncompetition@hrwithoutborders.org.


Other opportunities you may like