Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Violence Against Women

13 Countries sign new Convention in Istanbul

Council of Europe logoThe Council of Europe’s new Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence was opened for signature 11 May on the occasion of the 121st Session of the of Committee of Ministers taking place in Istanbul, gathering Ministers of Foreign Affairs from 47 Member States.

Thirteen countries signed the new Convention in Istanbul.

This new landmark Council of Europe treaty is the first legally binding instrument in the world creating a comprehensive legal framework to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence.

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Be creative and think outside the box!

Stefán Einarsson, the winner of last year´s UN European Ad Competition is no stranger to international prizes in graphic design, but he says winning the UN competition helped him gain attention both at home and internationally. “It was quite important for me to get so much attention to my work,” Einarsson says, “and for such a good cause too.”

Einarsson won first prize in last year´s competition (www.wecanendpoverty.eu) which focused on World Poverty in the run up to the World Summit on the Millennium Development Goals in New York in September 2010. Einarsson´s winning ad was appropriately entitled: “Dear leaders. We are still waiting.”

The first prize, 5,000 Euros, was handed over to the 49 year old Icelandic designer at a ceremony in Madrid, Spain overseen by Her Majesty Sofia, Queen of Spain and attended by UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, Actor Antonio Banderas. Chairman of the jury, Jacques Séguela noted that Einarsson was “fiercely competing with himself” since another one of his ads won the third place and yet another one was among the top thirty.

Einarsson´s winning entry later earned him two top graphic design awards in his homeland, Iceland.

He is one of the jurors for the 2011 European UN Ad competition focusing on violence against women. “I am looking forward to seeing original designs and messages in this year´s competition,” he says and urges creative people to participate regardless of their age and experience. “My tip to potential participants is to be creative and not to limit themselves. It is ok to be provocative and the message and design should be a challenge to bring this big problem to an end.”

Einarsson has earlier in his career designed an ad to promote the fight against human trafficking which attracted much attention.

In “Dear leaders – we are still waiting” his winning ad from last year´s competition, he combined the feet of African children waiting in line for food with the upper bodies of world leaders.

“I wanted to illustrate the contrast between two worlds, the rich and the poor. At the same time the ad shows that we are all alike, we all have bodies. The world leaders symbolize power and money, but they also represent responsibilities. It is their responsibility to turn words into actions.”

Stefán Einarsson is the Artistic Director of Icelandic ad agency Hvíta húsið (the White House, http://www.hvitahusid.is/english/). His work can be seen on his website: http://stefaneinarsson.com/

Create an Ad for the UN: Two weeks to go

Create an ad for the UN - bannerWith only two weeks until the deadline of 31 May, hundreds of creative Europeans have already contributed submissions to the United Nations Ad Competition on “Violence Against Women.”

“We encourage everyone to enter and be part of the movement to say No to Violence against Women,” says Afsané Bassir-Pour, director of UNRIC.

First prize is a 5,000 Euro cash prize and two important prizes are given to the winner of the public vote and the best under 25 entry.

Building on the success of the 2010 competition on the Millennium Development Goals, WeCanEndPoverty, UNRIC launched a new ad competition this time focusing on gender equality on 8 March 2011, International Women’s Day. It is calling for an end to all forms of violence against women and girls.

Entries have to be submitted to the competition website: www.create4theun.eu.

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Bachelet urges countries to secure treaty´s entry into force

Michelle BacheletUN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet welcomes the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and urges Member States to move towards securing the Treaty’s Entry into Force

On the historic occasion of the formal opening for signature of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Michelle Bachelet wholeheartedly commends this achievement of delivering to the women of Europe what is rightfully theirs: a key instrument for the fulfillment of their fundamental right to live free from violence in both the public and the private sphere.

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