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For the second year running, building on the success of last year’s workshops, the not-for-profit association 4Tomorrow is offering graphic design training in ten African countries, backed by an international poster competition on the theme of ‘equality between the sexes.’
Previous competitions organised by 4tomorrow focused on ‘freedom of expression,’ ‘the fight against the death penalty,’ and ‘the right to education.’ This year, the association’s president Hervé Matine invites entries from professionals and amateurs alike, on the theme of ‘Equality Between the Sexes, Now!’
‘The repression of women represses society itself, stifling growth and development for individuals and society as a whole,’ explains Matine. ‘How can any society succeed when half the population is maltreated and oppressed?’ The 100 best entries will feature in an exhibition staged simultaneously at venues worldwide, on December 10, 2012 – International Human Rights Day.
In 2011, 4Tomorrow set up graphics workshops in ten African countries, designed to boost the continent’s presence in the competition. ‘The first workshops exceeded all expectations: of the 2,780 posters featured in the show, 155 were from Africa, compared with just one in 2010. Over 445 volunteers took part: we were struck by their enthusiasm and commitment, and the quality of their work,’ he added. Hence the decision to continue the workshops for a second year – with the renewed support of the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès, as part of its programme to promote intercultural exchange, skills training and access to self-expression through art.