What does safety at home mean to you? | Art Competition

750,000 refugees call Jordan home. After fleeing conflict and instability in countries as diverse as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan, they have found safety in Jordan. 

But this stability isn’t guaranteed. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, refugee and Jordanian communities have faced increased challenges from health to the economy. Domestic violence rates have also risen.  

In order to raise awareness of these issues, organizations who are working to tackle sexual and gender-based violence in Jordan, are hosting a competition calling for the public to submit art which reflects the theme ‘What does safety at home mean to you?” in the context of domestic violence .

Please submit copies of your artwork to [email protected] by 17:00, 8 December 2020. More details on how to enter can be found below.

Why an art competition?  

An image is worth a thousand words. This art contest is your chance to use your creativity for a good cause and have the chance to have your work featured in future campaigns. You can use your talents to help UNHCR and the Sexual and Gender-Based Sub-Working Group share the message that everyone deserves to feel safe at home and that we are all with you against violence. 


16 Days of Activism 

25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a day which has been celebrated around the world since 1981. It also marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism campaign against Gender-Based Violence, a campaign held every year to raise awareness of violence against women, challenge negative social norms and practices, and to advocate for better laws and policies. 

This year in Jordan, the 16 Days of Activism is focusing on eliminating all forms of domestic violence against women and girls. Due to COVID19 restrictions, we have all been spending more time at home but for many, especially women and girls, home has not been a safe place.

This Art Competition is part of 16 Days of Activism.   

How to enter  

  • The competition is open to people living in Jordan from all nationalities between the age of 10 – 35 years old.
  • We want you to be creative. You can either draw by hand or use a computer.  Simply explore the theme of ‘What does safety at home mean to you? 
  • Please submit copies of your artwork to [email protected]. No artwork will be accepted in person. If you have a painting or drawing, please take a picture of it and attach to the email.  
  • Send your name, age, phone number and a caption along with you drawing. 
  • All drawings should be your personal work. By entering the competition UNHCR has the right to use your artwork.  
  • The deadline for submissions is 5PM, 8 December 2020 
  • The top 3 winners will be announced on 10 December in both UNHCR Website and UNHCR Facebook Page and partners. 

Winning Criteria: 

The artwork submitted will be judged by a panel made up members of the Sexual and Gender Based Working Group in Jordan, Refugee Artists and UNHCR Staff members. Artwork will be judged using the following criteria: 

  • Interpretation and clarity of the theme 
  • Creativity 
  • Overall impression of the art taking into consideration the demographic and gender (age/sex) of the applicant 


  • The top three entries will receive a Tablet as a prize. Prizes for the winners are kindly sponsored by IOM and the Republic of Korea.  
  • Other artwork entered into the competition will be featured on UNHCR’s website and social media channels