Call For Submissions: Global Contest: End Gender Discrimination Now!

Call For Submissions: Global Contest: End Gender Discrimination Now!

Gender at Work, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), BRIDGE, and Gender Society and Policies Area, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales – FLACSO Argentina announce the launch of a global competitionEnd Gender Discrimination Now!  Around the world, organizations have developed Gender Equality, Equal Opportunity, Diversity or other policies and strategies – from revising national-level constitutions to instituting company-level equal pay policies — to pave the way to more inclusive, more just and more equitable organizational cultures. 

But we know that policies alone do not generate change. We want to hear your experiences and stories for making change happen.  And we’re also interested in what didn’t work.

We will choose winning submissions in three categories:

        The GenChange Award: Stories about changes that organizations are implementing that are chipping away at gender discrimination in your workplace and in your communities.

        The GenTruth Award: Stories about strategies that have been implemented and why they have not worked to reduce gender discrimination in your organization, community or country.

        The Gen-novation Award: Your ideas about innovative ways to end gender discrimination that you haven’t yet had the opportunity to try out.

What we’re looking for: We’re interested in both formal and informal strategies for tackling gender discrimination. And we are interested in how the internal cultures of organizations change, as well as how the impact or products of an organization’s work become more gender equitable. For instance, do you know about schools that have put measures in place to create equal opportunities for girls and women and have changed deep-seated attitudes of students and teachers in the process? Have you seen government agencies or private sector companies change their procedures in ways that reduce discriminatory attitudes of their staff and make it easier for women to access benefits on an equal basis with men? Have you changed the time or locations of meetings in a community group or in your company to make sure that women can participate more effectively and had good results in terms of ideas and inclusion?

Why enter?

We value all ideas and thoughts on how to end gender inequality and hope to see wide-ranging submissions, including those that show how gender discrimination links with other types of discrimination based on race, class, sexual orientation, disability, etc. If your entry is selected, your example will be featured on the websites of AWID, FLACSO, BRIDGE and Gender at Work, and in Gender at Work’s upcoming publication: Making New Rules: Secrets and Stories from the House of Gender. Winners will also be supported to attend and/or feature their experience at: a) a Gender at Work Collaboratory, a venue where practitioners, activists and academics working on gender equality issues meet to share strategies and build collaborations, OR b) the AWID Forum 2016, where they will have an opportunity to present their experiences during a relevant workshop. Winning selections will also receive a year-long subscription to the IDS Bulletin and a back catalogue of BRIDGE publications.

Who can enter?

Submissions will be accepted from any individual or organization that has a good story to tell about gender and institutional/organizational change. You do not have to be working in the organization to tell the story. We will, however, contact the organization to validate your submission.

We invite submissions from diverse types of organizations: governmental and non-governmental, private sector companies, municipalities, donor organizations, media organizations, academic organizations, schools, places of worship, police stations and others.

How to enter:

1. Fill out the entry form attached. All details must be filled out.
2. Written submissions should be no more than 750 words in length.
3. If submitting a videotaped story, rather than a written one, please ensure that it is not more than 10 minutes in length. You can upload your video to You Tube or another server, make it private, and send us a link.
4. Languages: Entries can be submitted in English, Spanish, and French. We apologize ahead of time that we cannot manage entries in additional languages.

By When?

The deadline for submissions is October 15th, 2013.

Winners will be notified by November 30, 2013.

How Submissions will be judged:

A five-person panel of experts on gender and institutional change will judge the submissions. Short-listed entries will be validated by in-country partners of Gender at Work, AWID, BRIDGE and FLACSO, as well as other partner organizations

Winning entries will contain three elements: a) Strong illustrations of the types of gender discrimination that existed; b) Descriptions of innovative approaches used to tackle gender discrimination; c) Your reflections on what happened (or what didn’t happen) as a result.

GO AHEAD, Make a Submission and Help End Gender Discrimination! Fill in the form.

For more information on the participating organizations, please visit their websites at: www.genderatwork.orgwww.awid.org,

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