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WWSF Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted March 11, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on April 29, 2020
WWSF “Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life” image
WWSF “Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life” image

The WWSF “Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life” (created in 1994 at the Beijing 4th World Conference on Women), annually awards creative and courageous rural women leaders and groups that help to advance and improve the quality of life in rural communities.

To date, 452 prizes have been awarded in over 140 countries to selected candidates. In some cases, the WWSF prize enhances the status of unknown, active, creative rural women leaders and some of the prizewinners attain national recognition and sometimes move into positions of decision-making at the local/or national level.

The Prize aims to draw international attention to laureates’ contributions to sustainable development, food security and peace, thus generating recognition and support for their initiatives and projects. While rural women are vital in providing examples of sound practices in their communities, they still do not have full access to tools needed for development, such as education, credit, land rights and participation in decision making. By highlighting and awarding creative development models, innovations and experiences enhancing the quality of rural life, WWSF participates in addressing the eradication of rural poverty, gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment.

Any of the following elements should be emphasized:
a) Exceptional courage and perseverance in improving rural life;
b) Creativity in the approach;
c) Preservation of and respect for the environment;
d) Continuing impact on the community;
e) Participating in the WWSF 17 Days of Activism Campaign 1-17 October with 17 themes is encouraged.
f) Underline how the work of the candidate promotes the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 – Transforming our world.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. Nominees should be women and women’s groups currently active in rural life whose efforts have not yet been acknowledged by other awards. They may not nominate themselves.
2. The nominating organization or individual must have direct experience of the nominee’s work.
3. The nominator may not nominate a family member, be a member of the nominated organization, nor can an organization nominate its senior officer (i.e. founder, president etc.).
4. No more than 3 candidates may be presented by the same person/organization in the same year.
5. The nominator commits, if possible, to organize an award ceremony if the candidate is selected for the Prize and invites the local and/or national media.

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WWSF – an international, non-profit, humanitarian NGO, serving the implementation of women and children’s rights and the UN development agenda honors women and women’s groups around the world exhibiting exceptional creativity, courage and commitment for the improvement of the quality of life in rural communities.

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) Prize for women’s creativity in rural life.

Nomination deadline: 30 April 2020.

The foundation will cash award of US$ 1000 per laureate.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 11
Mar 11

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... - they will enlighten and inspire your network.