The ambassador of peace, Prem Rawat, uses art to cultivate the idea of peace in people. Apart from his message of peace, which highlights the possibility of establishing peace in the world from each individual, he also uses literature to instruct the world with the fundamentals of peace. He says that to bring the world into lasting peace, it is crucial that each individual finds the inner peace. His best-seller, "When the Desert Blooms", written in Spanish (2018) has shed lights to the life of millions of people into harmony.
Likewise, cartoons are very efficient way to transmit a message to people, regardless of their age group. Cartooning for Peace is an international network; its members are composed of press cartoonists, who are dedicated to the fight for nonviolence using humors.
ress cartoonists convey the message of peace while depicting the world's current events through cartoons while taking cultures and freedoms into account. In other words, off-the-wall humor is their tools to denounce social injustice and to reflect on social violence. This article is an insight on press cartoons.
Raising public awareness to peace through cartoons
To relax, it is good to read cartoons, and press humors are equally a fun way to enjoy free time. Apart from bringing fun, it is possible to use cartoons to nurture the culture of peace in the public. Cartoons speak more than a thousand words when it comes to learning about tolerance.
Through press cartoons, journalists can freely express the disastrous impacts of inter-nation conflicts and wars, which arise all over the world. Cartoons are used by committed press cartoonists to help people unlearn all kinds of prejudices. Therefore, peace cartoons can spark its readers with hope when they convey positive scenes of peace; yet, they may also cause sorrow and sadness when the atrocities at wars are depicted.
How did cartooning for peace start?
- On September 30, 2005, the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, published Mohamed cartoons. The public reacted against the publications, which resulted in bloodshed.
- On October 16, 2006, twelve international cartoonists organized a roundtable discussion with the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan. The editorial cartoonist Plantu, from "Le Monde", an important French newspaper, joined them in a seminar.
- The seminar focused on "Unlearning Intolerance"
- Later, they founded the peace organization of committed press cartoonists, called "Cartooning for Peace"
What is the press cartoonists committed to?
The main objective of the Cartooning for Peace organization is to preserve the fundamental human rights, which consist of freedom of expression and opinion. Those rights figure in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which upholds every individual's rights to hold and express their opinions.
This also includes the rights to hunt for information, receive knowledge and impart their opinions through any media. They are committed to respect each individual's rights to express their opinions while valuing cultural diversity and pluralism.
In brief, Cartooning for Peace aims at promoting nonviolence and building peace through arts, while the peace ambassador, Prem Rawat, uses words and literature to induce people into peace.