IWD Competition

International Women's Day: Best Practice Competition

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.

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About the competition

Celebrating innovative and effective International Women's Day activity provides direction and inspiration for others. And sharing best practice not only encourages others to achieve great outcomes for women, but sets a benchmark for further activity. 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.

Groups and/or their agencies are invited to submit an entry detailing their achievement with detailed 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?

Who can enter?

Could your activity 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?

The International Women's Day "Best Practice" Competition is open to groups everywhere, regardless of whether activity was small or large-scale because ultimately it's the effort and impact that are key. Groups or their agencies are invited to submit an entry detailing achievements. Best practice doesn't always mean world-leading. Best practice can be important and effective for groups based on their point in time on a journey. Or, best practice can very well mean "best" 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. (i.e. how did you help forge a #BalanceforBetter?)

How do I enter?

All entries must be submitted via the Entry Form by Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

What information is required?

The Entry Form requests specific details about why you did what you did, how you did it, and what the impact was. Entries are a maximum of 1,000 words and must be supported by visual evidence.

What are the entry categories?

  • 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 #BalanceforBetter Videos​
  • Best IWD #BalanceforBetter Media Activity
  • Best IWD #BalanceforBetter Photographs
  • Best IWD Event Pack use
  • Best IWD Cakes

Can I enter in more than one category?

An entry is to be made under one (1) category only, based on the formal registered legal entity status of the organization (e.g. private sector, public sector, registered charity, etc). If an entry is deemed to be submitted in an incorrect category, it may be changed and entrants will be notified. Please note, however, that a sole or additional entry may be submitted into the following categories: Best #BalanceforBetter video; Best #BalanceforBetter photograph; Best use of IWD Event Pack; Best IWD Cake.

What exposure do winners receive?

Competitions have winners so in true competition style, leading examples of Best Practice are selected across categories and overtly celebrated via the IWD website and social media channels. Winning case studies, demonstrating how groups championed International Women's Day and supported the #BalanceforBetter campaign theme, are used to inform and inspire audiences worldwide as the #BalanceforBetter agenda continues throughout the year. Please note, categories may have multiple winners. For inspiration see last year's IWD Best Practice winners. And, because giving is the best way of receiving, we invite winners to consider an elective donation direct to one of the International Women's Day Charities of Choice - WAGGGS or Catalyst.

When and how am I informed about my entry?

Once submitted, an auto-confirmation email is sent. Winners are then notified about the outcome of their entry in July 2019. Winning case studies are celebrated on the International Women's Day website and social media channels weekly from September to December 2019 in the lead up to IWD 2020. Winners are notified in advance of the publishing schedule and are invited to review their case study prior to publishing.

Who were the IWD 2018 winners?

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. For inspiration, see last year's IWD Best Practice winners.

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