IWD Competition

International Women's Day: Best Practice Competition

Over 100 groups from around the world entered the IWD "Best Practice Competition" to showcase their achievements in making a #PressforProgress to forge gender parity. Their impressive case studies explained how they celebrated International Women's Day and encouraged others to help accelerate equality.

Check out the IWD 2018 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 could be an example of 'best practice'. Further groups around the world can benefit from seeing and understanding success. Groups were asked to provide engaging content, photographs​, video ​and further examples ​as evidence of ​their activity and its impact​. ​The International Women's Day 2018 "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, 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 are support 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

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 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 - WAGGGS or Catalyst.

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