IWD Competition

International Women's Day: Best Practice Competition

IWD 2019 Best Practice Competition opens April 1 and closes April 30, 2019.

Potential entrants are required to submit the Expression of Interest for entries (nominating the category) and will be notified on April 1st about further details, entry instructions and specific criteria to be addressed in submissions across categories.

Around the world from grassroots activity to global campaigns, many groups support International Women's Day in purposeful and meaningful ways. Celebrating innovative and effective activity provides direction and inspiration for others. Sharing best practice not only encourages others to achieve great outcomes for women, but it also provides a benchmark for further activity.

So it's time to get snapping and take lots of engaging photographs of your exciting International Women's Day 2019 activity. Could it be an example of best practice? Might further groups benefit from seeing and understanding your success? Can you provide engaging content, photographs, videos or assets as evidence of your activity and its impact?

IWD 2019 Best Practice winners will be featured across a number of important categories to demonstrate how groups championed International Women's Day and supported the #BalanceforBetter campaign.

Winning case studies will be used to inform and inspire audiences worldwide as the #BalanceforBetter campaign continues throughout the entire year. Winners will be featured and promoted on the IWD website and social media channels.

Last year saw over 100 groups around the world enter the 2018 #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.

See last year's IWD Best Practice winners.

Meanwhile, take a visual look at how further groups celebrated International Women's Day last year in 2018 across the world..

From grassroots activity to global campaigns, 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 are asked if their International Women's Day activity could be an example of 'best practice' so that further groups around the world might benefit from seeing and understanding their success. Groups are asked to provide engaging content, photographs​, video ​and further examples ​as evidence of ​their activity and its impact​. ​The International Women's Day "Best Practice" Competition ​is 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 do groups engage others in helping drive gender parity?

Groups are asked to step forward and share best practice demonstrating how they champion International Women's Day in a meaningful way that inspires others to help forge gender parity?

Katy Anderson, She Is Safe’s Associate Director for International Ministries, stood with three Nepali girls together in 2018 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 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 address are what you did, why you did it, and how you believe it made a difference. How do you forge a #BalanceforBetter?

Featuring best practice

Competitions have winners so in true competition style, the leading examples of Best Practice that truly make an impact celebrating International Women's Day are identified. Best Practice Champions are selected across categories, and 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 champion International Women's Day and support the IWD campaign theme. The winning case studies inform and inspire audiences worldwide as the IWD 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 open April 1 and close April 30, 2019 and address specific criteria (maximum wordcount overall is 1,000 words). Entries contain engaging images and videos that provide evidence of activity. Further items such as social media assets are also referenced, if available. All assets submitted are under the condition that they may be used on the International Women's Day website and associated channels.

The prize

Detailed case studies are featured on the International Women's Day website website, social media channels and further communication platforms. 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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