IWD Competition

International Women's Day: Best Practice Competition

The IWD 2019 Best Practice Competition will open on April 1 and close on May 31. Our advice in the meantime: Make sure you take lots of great photographs of your IWD co-branded #BalanceforBetter activity and resources. Then watch this space for more details coming soon!

In the meantime, last year saw over 100 groups from around the world enter the #PressforProgress "Best Practice Competition" to showcase their achievements in helping forge gender parity. Their impressive case studies explained how they supported the #PressforProgress campaign for International Women's Day 2018 and #encouraged others to help accelerate equality.

Read about last year's IWD 2018 #PressforProgess best practice winners here.

Meanwhile, take a visual look at how further groups celebrated International Women's Day.

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

Groups were asked if their International Women's Day #PressforProgress activity could be an example of 'best practice' so that further groups around the world might benefit from seeing and understanding their success. Groups were asked to provide engaging content, photographs​, video ​and further examples ​as evidence of ​their #PressforProgress activity and its impact​. ​The International Women's Day 2018 #PressforProgress "Best Practice" Competition ​was open to groups everywhere.

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 groups engage others to help drive gender parity?

In 2018, for the very first time, we asked groups to step forward and share best practice. We asked 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 was a competition

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

Featuring best practice

Competitions have winners so in true competition style, the leading examples of Best Practice that truly made an impact celebrating International Women's Day 2018 and strived to #PressforProgress were identified. Best Practice Champions were selected across categories, and their achievements are overtly celebrated as case studies on the IWD website.

IWD best practice categories

From around the world, best practice case studies are 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 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

Timeline and requirements

Entries closed on April 30, with each entry being no more than 1,000 words and addressing certain given criteria. Entries also contained engaging images and videos that provided evidence of activity. Further items such as social media assets were also referenced, if available. All images submitted were under the condition that they may be used on the International Women's Day website, with acknowledgement.

The prize

Detailed case studies are 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 - WAGGGS or Catalyst.

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