Speak Now Creative Arts Competition 2023
The Anti-Slavery Australia Speak Now Creative Arts Competition 2023 closes 9 June!
What is forced marriage?
Contrary to common belief, forced marriage does happen in Australia and it can happen to anyone from any religion, culture, gender, sexuality, age, or disability.
Forced marriage is a form of family violence and modern slavery. A marriage is forced when there is no free and full consent to the marriage from one or both parties. This is different from an arranged marriage, where a marriage is organised by a person’s family, but they have the right to accept or reject the arrangement.
Forced marriage can have devastating impacts on individuals, their families and their communities.
The Creative Arts Competition
The theme of this creative arts competition is ‘Supporting Your Friend’. We are asking you to create an artistic work that illustrates how you can support your friend who may be at risk of forced marriage.
This is part of the prevention work that Anti-Slavery Australia does. We are aiming to raise awareness within school communities about forced marriage, empower students with the skills to support their peers and loved ones, and show them what support is available and where to get help.
By participating in this competition, you will learn what forced marriage is, what it looks like, how it affects people differently, and how you can better understand, identify and support those affected.
We will display the creative art pieces on Anti-Slavery Australia’s website and social media platforms.
- Visual stream: $500 for 1st place, $200 for runner-up
- Written stream: $500 for 1st place, $200 for runner-up
- Performance stream: $500 for 1st place, $200 for runner-up
- School prize: $1000 to the school that submits the most entries
The total prize pool is $3100.
Each entrant will receive a certificate of participation from Anti-Slavery Australia.