European Commission launches Drawing Competition 2010 on gender equality

For the fourth year in a row the European Commission holds an international drawing competition on the theme of gender equality. This year the competition was launched on the 8th of March, the International Women's Day. It aims to mobilise and raise the awareness of both children and adults around the issue of gender equality.

Children aged 8 to 10 from all over the world, including Belarus, are invited to participate. Their drawings should reflect on how girls and boys, women and men, can together make the world a better place.

The competition takes place from March 8 to May 14, 2010. Ten best drawings from Belarus will be sent to Brussels for the final selection of the 14 winners in the e nd of June this year. Each of the 14 winners will be given a prize equivalent to 1,000 Euro.

Since the competition was first launched in 2007 nearly 60,000 children from all over the world took part in the competition, thereby making their contribution to the dialogue on gender equality with the involvement of national authorities and civil society. The EU Delegation to Belarus is responsible for the coordination of the competition in Belarus.

Below are the conditions for the participation in the competition:

Drawings must be authored by children aged from 8 to 10 residing in one of the seven regions: Europe (except EU), including Belarus; Africa; Asia; Caribbean; Latin America; Mediterranean and Middle East; and the Pacific;
The main theme of the competition: "Once upon a time, there was a girl and a boy, together they wanted to make a better world…"
Drawings must reflect on the theme of the competition (gender equality) and, if necessary, have a caption (captions cannot be more than five lines and must be on the same side as the drawing);
Drawings must be A4 format and be on one side only;
The name and last name of the author, age, class and school address must be indicated on the reverse side;
Drawings must be sent to the following address: Delegation of the European Union to Belarus, Engels Street 34A/2, Minsk, 220030, Belarus;
Deadline for accepting the drawings is 14 May 2010.
Drawings of the winners will be published in colored booklets for further distribution. The European Commission will retain the copyright of the drawings. No drawings will be returned.
Additional information and winning drawings from past competitions can be found on the website of the competition: