The following originally appeared on Women Deliver’s blog. It is posted here with permission.
Every year, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, Women Deliver celebrates the progress made on behalf of girls and women worldwide. Our Women Deliver 100 list in 2011, which featured 100 of the most inspiring people who have delivered for girls and women, was covered by over 100 traditional and new media sources. This year, to continue the momentum, we are spotlighting the top 50 inspiring ideas and solutions that deliver for girls and women. We would love to hear what you think are the most innovative, impactful, and promising advancements in overcoming gender inequality.
These advancements could have been made by an individual, governments, the private sector, or civil society, but they must have helped to improve the condition of girls and women around the world, in one or more of the following 5 categories:
- Technologies and Innovations
- Educational Initiatives
- Health Modernization
- Advocacy and Awareness Campaigns
- Leadership and Empowerment Programs
Examples of inequities that the solutions may have addressed include, but are not limited to: Violence Against Women; Sex Trafficking; Child Marriage; Political Processes; Maternal Health; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; HIV/AIDS, Lesbian; Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights; Economic Inequity; or Female Genital Mutilation.
NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 10, 2012.
Once all nominations have been received, a selection committee of experts and advocates from leading global NGOs and foundations will choose 25 per category. Voting opens on February 20th, and the Top 50 (10 winners per category) will be announced on International Women’s Day. The winners from each category will be featured prominently on Women Deliver’s website, through the selection committee’s social media portals, and at the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur.
- Advancements may include projects, programs, technologies, initiatives, or campaigns launched anywhere in the world
- Solution or Idea must have been implemented in the last five years
- Can be grassroots or global in scale (example: community initiative or global technology)
- If the solution has been ongoing for more than a year, please provide quantitative and qualitative data that demonstrates results
- If the idea is in the early stages of implementation, please include an explanation of why it will be effective
- Please provide website (if applicable) and references
-Chair: Jill Sheffield, Founder and President of Women Deliver
-Jimmie Briggs, Founder and Executive Director of Man Up
-Cory Heyman, Chief Program Officer at Room to Read
-Josh Nesbit, CEO of Medic Mobile
-Amie Newman, Communications Officer and Editor of the Impatient Optimist at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
-Lyric Thompson, Special Assistant to the President at the International Center for Research on Women
-Michael Tirrell, Communications Manager for Media and Public Affairs at Marie Stopes International
Click here to make a nomination. Thank you in advance for you submissions!