Pakistani young girl wins UN children’s poster competition


ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan girl, Eiza Abid has won United Nations Human Rights Office poster competition for children. The United Nations Human Rights Office announced the two winners of the contest to illustrate what freedom means to them.

The competition was organized as part of a year-long campaign by the Office to mark the 50th anniversary of two core human rights treaties- the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Alexandria Slaven, 11, from Samoa is the winner of the 5 to 11 age group with a picture depicting people holding hands and standing by a luxuriant coconut tree.

Winner of the 12-18 age group is 15-year-old Eiza Abid from Pakistan, whose illustration uses both dark tones and bright colours to represent freedom of thought. “My painting personifies the darkness and confinement within a person’s life and once the person is set free from the pressures and judgement of others, one can freely express their thoughts and imagination in their true colors, illustrating their unique vision and bright outlook,” Eiza wrote.

Alexandria and Eiza’s designs, which will be made into posters for use during the campaign, were selected from the winners of local competitions. All the winning entries can be viewed online at the campaign website:

“It is so important to have children celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Human Rights Covenants through this poster competition,” Fabian Salvioli, Chair of the Human Rights Committee said. The committee monitors how States parties are implementing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

“For the Covenants to continue to have meaning over the next 50 years, children must be aware of their rights and the importance of the Covenants to their lives and happiness,” he said.

“The Covenants are more than legal treaties – they have meaning and significance for all peoples and day-to-day life. By turning rights into pictures, this would help us understand and appreciate even more the Covenants and their relevance to all. Our thanks and congratulations to everyone who took part,” Waleed Sadi, Chair of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights said. His committee monitors States parties’ implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

“We are very proud of Eiza Abid’s achievement, she succeeded with expressing the concept of freedom through a very positive and inspiring artwork,” Vittorio Cammarota, Director of the UN Information Centre in Pakistan said. “We will exhibit Eiza’s poster together with those from other 55 Pakistani children and young adults who participated in the competition, in April in Islamabad.” APP