New cartoonist: MATE

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Matías Tejeda (pen name MATE) is a cartoonist from Argentina. Although he attended different courses and workshops, his training as an illustrator and painter has been mostly self-taught. Currently, he is working as a (mostly political) illustrator for magazines, books and websites.


New cartoonist: Nani

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Adriana Mosquera Soto, alias Nani, is a Spanish-Colombian biologist, cartoonist and author with a career spanning 25 years. She has worked with a lot of newspapers from the Hispanic world, published 16 books, and has worked with NGOs on gender equality in Spain and Colombia.


Cartoon competition: generation equality

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UN Women—together with the European Commission, Belgium, France, Mexico, as well as in partnership with Cartooning for Peace—is organizing a global comic and cartoon competition about gender equality.

How do we remove the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life?

It's a competition that is specifically aimed at young artists, between 18 and 28 years old. Visit the UN Women website for more information about the theme, elegibility, and how to submit work.


Upcoming comics journalism

This month, we are finishing our comics journalism project about public authority in Africa. In the past months, we worked with the Centre of Public Authority and International Development (CPAID) of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to translate research in various African countries into compelling visual narratives. We already published two comics, one on vigilante justice in Uganda and one on human rights abuses by rangers of Virunga National Park in DRC.

In the coming weeks, we'll publish four more comics:

 

A tale of two women

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This comic, drawn by Moses Kas, focuses on two women of different social status in a small town in DRC. How do they access healthcare, justice and education? As one of the women says: It's not about how much you have, it's who you know.

 

Poisoning in Palabek

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In this harrowing tale about witchcraft in Palabek refugee camp in Uganda, a old woman is accused of poisoning a young woman. The story that unfolds shows what happens when formal authority is blind to the needs and concerns of those they are supposed to govern. The art work is by Charity Atukunda.

 

Hazard Pay

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2014, Sierra Leone. In the midst of the Ebola crisis sweeping the country, the comic tells the story of a burial team in charge of documenting Ebola cases and processing the bodies. Although a gruesome job, for most this was also their first formal employment that paid well and regularly. Art by Didier Kassai, who also made Making ends meet around Virunga.

 

The politics of peace

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Since 2005, there have been 9 peace meetings in South Sudan. Instead of a goal, peace became a bargaining strategy for authority to legitimise power and justify violence. Artwork by Tom Dai.


New cartoonist: GAL

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Gerard Alsteens (born 3 August 1940 in Oudergem) is a Belgian political cartoonist, graphic artist and painter who works under the pseudonym GAL. GAL's cartoons are quite unique. They share a closer resemblance to paintings than regular cartoons. Throughout the years his work has received several prizes and awards.