UN Crime Congress PaintingsYoung artists from grades 4 to 12 of various schools in Qatar visualised their thoughts about violence against women and children in hundreds of entries submitted to the art contest organised by the media committee under the Preparatory Committee for the 13th UN Crime Congress.

Head of the Media Committee of the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Abdullah Khalifa Al Muftah, who organised the art contest, said:

The images were very intense. Coming from young students, they were very honest manifestations of what our children feel about mature subjects and should be of concern to us adults.’

Taking place at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) from 12 to 19 April2015, the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will examine such issues as international cooperation, effective responses to emerging crimes, the challenges of promoting the rule of law to support sustainable development, and national approaches to public participation in strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice.

Apart from violence against women and children, students in Grades 4 to 7 were asked to visualise cybercrime, corruption and organised crime. Those from Grades 8 to 12 were given a chance to work on how students and the community can work with the authorities against crime, including corruption and bribery.  These themes were the main topics of the Doha Youth Forum on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and the UN Crime Congress.

UN Crime Congress Paintings5Of the total entries submitted by students of various backgrounds and nationalities, 10 winners and three Arabic Special Prize awards were selected from Grades 4 to 7.  Thirteen were selected from Grades 8 to 12. Their names and final rankings will be announced shortly.

A panel of judges selected by the Committee scored the entries. To engage the public in selecting the winners, likes and comments generated from the public through social media accounted for 25% of the total score.

Facebook users commented on the art work by saying: ‘truly represent what our future holds if our youth unite to fight crime in any form. Truly the youth is the future of our humanity’. Others marveled at how young minds can ‘put up such a good representation of the roles of youth to our society.’ Many agreed that the works ‘show a campaign that students and law enforcers must get involved with and participate in uplifting the oppressed in the society.’

The paintings are displayed at the QNCC until 19 April 2015 and can be viewed online on the UN Crime Congress DOHA 2015 Facebook page.