IWD Competition

International Women's Day: Best Practice Competition

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Around the world from grassroots activity to global campaigns, many groups support International Women's Day in purposeful and meaningful ways. The level and depth of awareness raising is deep and impressive, vast and significant. Celebrating the groups who champion International Women's Day in highly innovative and effective ways provides direction and inspiration for others. Sharing best practice not only inspires others to achieve great outcomes for women, but sets a benchmark for activity.

Championing International Women's Day to share best practice

Did you run International Women's Day activity? Could it be an example of 'best practice'? Might further groups benefit from seeing and understanding your success? Can you provide engaging content, and perhaps photographs or video as evidence of your activity and its impact? If so, the International Women's Day 2018 "Best Practice" Competition could be for you.

Why a competition?

Encouraging groups to strive, helps progress the gender agenda and sets a worldwide ​expectation for meaningful action. By shining a spotlight on examples of good practice and celebrating impact, International Women's Day activity grows bigger and better annually. Sharing the collective information available, builds a hugely valuable pool of expertise, innovation and wisdom. It also inspires further ideas and activity.

How did you engage others to help drive gender parity?

In 2018, for the very first time, we're asking groups to step forward and share best practice. We're asking groups to answer one big important question: How did you champion International Women's Day 2018 in a meaningful way that inspired others to #PressforProgress and help forge gender parity?

Katy Anderson, She Is Safe’s Associate Director for International Ministries, stands with three Nepali girls together to #PressforProgress for change that brings girls freedom from exploitation and slavery.

And to make it fun, it's a competition!

Groups and/or their agencies are invited to submit an entry detailing their achievement with real examples of innovation and impact. And "innovation" may or may not not necessarily mean "innovative by world standards". It may just mean "innovative" for you and your group at this point in time on your journey. Or, it may very well mean "innovative" by comparison - so much so, that it is the newest, biggest or best activity around by far. Either way, the one key aspect to address is what you did, why you did it, and how you believe it made a difference. How did you #PressforProgress?

Featuring best practice

Competitions have winners so in true competition style, a team of respected professionals from across industry worldwide will collectively review and decide the leading examples of Best Practice that truly made an impact celebrating International Women's Day 2018 and strived to #PressforProgress. A number of Best Practice Champions will be selected across categories, and their achievements overtly celebrated as case studies on the IWD website.

Exciting categories for action

A number of winners will be selected and their case studies featured across the below categories. The group of winners for each category will not be ranked, but collectively recognized for their achievement.

IWD best practice categories

From around the world, best practice case studies will be featured across a number of important categories to demonstrate how groups championed International Women's Day and supported the #PressforProgress campaign. The winning case studies will inform and inspire audiences worldwide as the #PressforProgress campaign continues throughout the year.

  • Private Sector: Impact and Innovation
  • Public Sector: Leadership and Progress
  • Charity Sector: Awareness Raising
  • Education Sector: Knowledge and Impact
  • Community Services: Local Engagement
  • Sporting Sector: Social Leadership
  • Associations/Networks: Member Participation
  • Marketing/Design Agencies: IWD Campaign Work
  • Best IWD Grassroots Impact
  • ​Best IWD #PressforProgress Videos​
  • Best IWD #PressforProgress media activity
  • Best IWD #PressforProgress photographs
  • Best IWD Event Pack use
  • Best IWD Cakes

And if you believe there could be a further category that we've overlooked and that there could be considerable interest in, please let us know.

Timeline and requirements

Entries close on April 30, 2018 - with judging through May to June, followed by winner announcements in July 2018. Entries must be no more than 1,000 words and are submitted as an article addressing certain given criteria. Entries should also contain engaging images or video that provide evidence of activity. Further items such as social media assets can also be referenced if available. All images submitted must be under the condition that they may be used on the International Women's Day website, with acknowledgement.

The prize

Detailed case studies will be featured on the International Women's Day website and via its social media channels and further communication platforms, as well as promoted on further relevant websites and channels. And, because giving is the best way of receiving, we encourage each of the winners to consider making an elective donation direct to one of the International Women's Day Charities of Choice.


To enter the International Women's Day 2018 Best Practice Competition, please login to your IWD account and submit the entry form.

Looking for a competition solely for students?

Teachers, librarians, parents, care givers - make sure the students and children in your life know about this fabulous and important competition. In 150 words or less, children are invited to write about a person who has inspired them and draw a picture of them in their own style, and they could win a framed Artist's print plus Puffin books for their school library. The competition is a perfect way to #PressforProgress and is open to children worldwide, so be quick as entries close March 30, 2018.

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