We’re very happy to welcome renowned Jordan cartoonist Osama Hajjaj to Cartoon Movement. He currently works for ‘Al Arab Al Youm’ newspaper. His cartoons are related to people’s life in Jordan and the political events in the Middle East and the world. Check out his website and Facebook page to see more of his work.
We are extremely proud to welcome renowned artist Agim Sulaj as a member of Cartoon Movement. In his cartoons he focuses on the major social and political problems of the 21st century, such as world poverty, environmental pollution, the life of an immigrant and other social topics. Agim’s work has won many awards and has been exhibited all over the world. To see more of his work, visit his website: www.agimsulaj.com
We’re always excited when we can welcome a new cartoonist from a country where we had none before. And some countries are more special than others. So we’re absolutely thrilled that Arwa Moukbel, a 26-year old female cartoonist from Yemen has joined Cartoon Movement.
Being a cartoonist in Yemen is hard, and Arwa has not been able to publish her work in national media because of the limited freedom of press. She does publish her work on Facebook (in Arabic) and we are very happy to provide her with a means to reach an international audience.
We’ve started an educational project for the Global Teenager Project about Children’s Rights. Cartoon Movement provides the space for schools and cartoonists to work together. Students that participate in the project upload their ideas in the form of sketches and drawings, and our cartoonists use these as inspiration to create professional cartoons.
Check out all the sketches and cartoons in our project newsroom.
When we launched Cartoon Movement in 2010, we were very lucky to have grants from several Dutch and international organizations who thought cartoons and comics journalism were important, and who believed in our concept of building an international hub for political cartooning. Although we could not have created Cartoon Movement without this funding, it has always been our goal to become financially independent.
Since 2012, we have operated without any grant or subsidy, proving that it’s possible to create a sustainable platform for political cartoonists that can pay cartoonists for their work. This has not always been easy. Although we have done many great projects, our budget to independently publish cartoons on current events has not always been as plentiful as we’d like it to be. That is why we hugely appreciate the decision of the Foundation for Democracy and Media (Stichting Democratie en Media) to provide funding to do exactly that.
In recognition of the importance and relevance of political cartoons, we have received 15,000 euro from the Foundation for Democracy and Media to publish independent political cartoons on current events throughout 2015.
After a very successful run last year, we’ve launched a new edition of our Peace & Justice project. Cartoon Movement is teaming up once again with the Hague project Peace and Justice, an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the city of The Hague to create a global debate about peace & justice that will involve editorial cartoonists and students from around the world.
Idea by Elisa Olvera and Nan, cartoon by Tomas.
The title of this year’s project is My Peace, Your Peace, to reflect how we all depend on each other to create a sustainable peace. We have to understand each other's perspective to build peace. 2015 also marks the 70th anniversary of two institutions that play (or should play) an important role in creating and maintaining peace worldwide: the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.
Students around the world contribute ideas for cartoons that reflect their perspective on peace, and our network of cartoonists turns these ideas into editorial cartoons. The best cartoons, and the ideas they are based on, will be selected for the exhibition at the end of the project. In September 2015, this exhibition will be on display in the iconic Peace Palace in The Hague. In 2016, the exhibition will travel to New York, to the headquarters of the United Nations.
Idea by Karina Steens, Kiran Ghoerbien and Sharon Baldewsingh, cartoon by Elchicotriste.
Cartoon by Manos Symeonakis.
We’ve started yet another project, similar to the one we’re doing on Data and Development. Partnering with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), we have set up a project newsroom to create cartoons for Financing the Future (March 17-18, 2015 in Accra, Ghana).
The goal of the conference is to provide fresh perspectives on global development and finance: how can international public finance best contribute to accelerating progress in development? Financing the Future will feature an exhibition of the best cartoons submitted in our newsroom. Take a look at the submissions here.