Awards & Honors

Competition for Best Masters Thesis on Sub-Saharan Africa, 1000 Euros (English and Français)

Posted on 28 May 2009. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, Call for Papers, Fellowships & Scholarships, Opportunities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

en français

Africa Thesis Award 2009

[Editor’s Note: Although this award is not specific to disability issues, it does say that topics should be “socially relevant.” We Can Do readers in Africa or the Netherlands may wish to consider using this competition as an opportunity to submit Masters’ theses on disability issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. I also hope that students with disabilities will compete for the 1000 Euro prize, regardless of the topic of your thesis. Please do NOT inquire with We Can Do. Instead, please consult the official award web site directly for instructions on how to participate in this competition.. The submission deadline is June 16, 2009. Missed the deadline? This is an annual opportunity—consult the official award web site for future details.]

The African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands, has an annual award for the best Masters thesis on Sub-Saharan Africa by a student at a university in the Netherlands or in Africa. Any final-year student who has completed his/her Masters thesis with distinction (80% or higher or a Dutch rating of at least 8) can apply. The ASC specifically encourage students from Sub-Saharan Africa to submit their theses for this annual competition.

Any thesis thematically related to socio-geographical, economic, political, juridical or anthropological issues or focusing on the humanities such as history, religion and literature (but with the exception of language and/or semiotic studies) can be submitted. The thesis must be socially relevant and can be be written in English, French or Dutch.

The award consists of a price of 1000 euros. The winning thesis will also be published in the ASC African Studies Collection. Submitted theses may be (partially) published on The Broker’s website: www.thebrokeronline.eu.

More detail is available on ASC’s website, including instructions for contacting the people responsible for organizing this opportunity: http://www.ascleiden.nl/Research/Award/

Date limite: le 16 juin 2009!

Vous vous intéressez à l’Afrique et vous avez écrit votre thèse de Master sur un sujet ayant un rapport avec l’Afrique ? Le Centre d’Études africaines (Afrika-Studiecentrum, ASC) vous offre la chance de gagner le Prix de la thèse d’études africaines d’une valeur de 1000€.

Ce prix vise à encourager les étudiants à faire des recherches et à écrire sur l’Afrique sub-saharienne, et à promouvoir les études sur les cultures et les sociétés africaines. Il est décerné une fois par an à un étudiant qui aura achevé sa thèse de Master sur la base d’un travail de recherche sur l’Afrique.

In French/en français: http://www.ascleiden.nl/Research/Award/MastersThesisAward-FR.aspx



I learned of this opportunity via the Deaf Studies Africa listserver and collected additional information via the official award web site.

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SCHOLARSHIPS: International Students at the University of Leeds

Posted on 19 December 2008. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Awards & Honors, Education and Training Opportunities, Fellowships & Scholarships, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The University of Leeds is offering at least twelve Fully-Funded International Research Scholarships (FIRS), which are available for high quality international students who will be commencing PhD research study from Session 2009/10. The Scholarships will provide full international fees together with a maintenance grant of £13,290 for Session 2009/10. Closing date for applications: 31 January 2009.

Fully-Funded International Research Scholarships (FIRS)
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/rds/postgraduate_scholarships/irs-info.doc

Session 2009/10
Closing Date 31 January 2009

As ORSAS awards are no longer being offered from Session 2009/10, the University of Leeds is providing a number of Fully-funded University International Research Scholarships, which are available for high quality international students who will be commencing PhD research study from October 2009 for study in any Faculty at the University of Leeds.

Awards provide full international fees together with a maintenance grant of £13,290 and will be made for one year in the first instance, renewable for a further two years, subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Details about the eligibility criteria and regulations relating to these Scholarships are available from the Application Form. Completed application forms should be returned to the Postgraduate Scholarships Office

As applicants will only be considered if they have received an offer of an academic place for PhD research study from the University of Leeds, applicants are advised to submit their application for an academic place as soon as possible and well before 31 January 2009.
http://www.sociology.leeds.ac.uk/prospective-students/postgraduate-research/

Other Scholarships at the University of Leeds

Details about other Postgraduate Scholarships at the University of Leeds may be found on the Postgraduate Scholarships Website.



This announcement was recently distributed on the AsiaPacificDisability email-based discussion group. In this context, “international students” refers to students from outside of the European Union. If you have missed the January 2009 deadline then you may wish to monitor the University of Leeds website for information on similar scholarship opportunities in future years.

We Can Do readers will note that the University of Leeds has a Center for Disability Studies and also a School of Politics and International Studies.

As with all scholarship and other opportunities announced at this blog site, applications and inquiries should please be directed to the sponsors, NOT to We Can Do.

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SCHOLARSHIP: For Students Using Wheelchairs in US Colleges

Posted on 18 December 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, Call for Papers, Fellowships & Scholarships, Human Rights, Mobility Impariments, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

AmeriGlide is holding a competition for a $500 scholarship for students who ride a manual or electric wheelchair. The deadline for entering this competition is January 2, 2009. Students must be enrolled in two-year or four-year accredited undergraduate university programs in the United States. Students may be from countries outside the US, but must hold a valid student visa. Applicants should also have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.

In order to compete for the scholarship, interested students must submit an essay with a minimum of 500 words that answers the following question: “The American with Disabilities Act was established in July of 1990. Does this law do enough to help prevent discrimination and improve the lives of those who are mobility challenged? How has the American with Disabilities Act affected you?”

Foreign students in the United States will note that the Americans with Disability Act does protect their rights while they are in the United States and interacting with US-based institutions. The ADA requires US universities to provide reasonable accommodations to all students with disabilities, regardless of their country of origin. For example, if a class is initially scheduled in a classroom that is not accessible to a wheelchair rider, then the university must arrange to move the class to a more accessible location as needed.

Learn more about the scholarship program at

http://www.ameriglide.com/scholarship/

As with any competition, please read the instructions at the above website carefully before you enter. In many funding competitions, a common reason why many applicants fail is because they did not follow each of the instructions closely.

If you have missed the January 2, 2009 deadline, then please note that AmeriGlide plans to offer this scholarship again in the future, possibly twice a year. Please do continue to monitor their website.



Thank you to John Keeter at AmeriGlide for alerting me to this competition.

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NOMINATIONS wanted for CavinKare Ability Awards for Indians with Disabilities

Posted on 22 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, Cross-Disability, Opportunities, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Note that the deadline for submitting nominations is November 30, 2008; nominees must be Indian citizens with disabilities.

The seventh CavinKare Ability Awards will be conducted in Chennai in the month of February next year. An all India event that is conducted every year by CavinKare in collaboration with Ability Foundation an NGO, to salute and honor the brave and courageous with physical limitations. This recognition is an accolade to the pedigree of exceptional people with talent, who have exhibited excellence in accomplishing challenges in the face of adversity.

The awards salute personal triumphs, the extraordinary spirit of achievement, a looking beyond one’s own self and physical limitations and the universality of human rights.

Jointly instituted by CavinKare(P) Ltd and Ability Foundation, the awards come in two categories

CavinKare ABILITY Award for Eminence: This is a single award given to just one individual, that salutes the exemplary achievement of an individual with disability who has not only overcome great odds towards achievement but has also contributed significantly to society by initiating an organisation of his/her own. The award carries a citation, a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

v Nominees should be persons with disability and be Indian citizens.
v A minimum of two references must be cited in the nomination form.
v For the award for Eminence, the nominee should have worked in India in his/her field of service for a minimum of three years. The result of the nominee’s social entrepreneurship should be evident and continuing at the time of nomination.

· CavinKare ABILITY Mastery Awards: These are two awards given to two individuals with disability in recognition of their extraordinary achievement in field of their choice – be it arts, film, medicine, science, industry, technology, education, community development, human rights, sports or more. The awards carry a citation, a trophy, and a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh, each.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

v Nominees should be persons with disability and be Indian citizens.
v A minimum of two references must be cited in the nomination form.

SELECTION PROCESS:
The screening process includes scrutiny and short listing, based on the details given in the nomination form. Site visits and reference checks by regional representatives will then further shortlist nominees, following which, an eminent jury will select the final awardees.

SENDING NOMINATIONS:
The completed nomination forms must be sent ONLY by post and must reach Ability Foundation on or before November 30, 2008 Nomination forms that are sent by Email/fax or incomplete/late submission WILL NOT be accepted.

The decision of the jury is final and binding. No correspondence whatsoever in this regard will be entertained.
Please send the completed form only by post or by courier, to:
CavinKare ABILITY Awards 2008-2009,
C/o ABILITY FOUNDATION,
28, Second Cross Street,
Gandhi Nagar, Adyar,
Chennai – 600 020.
Tamil Nadu, India.
Tel: 044 24452400
http://news.chennaionline.com/newsitem.aspx?NEWSID=116d4ab5-0ca0-496b-9070-5293bd2c6ac5&CATEGORYNAME=CHN



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NEWS: Deaf Malaysian Writer Wins National Media Award

Posted on 21 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Awards & Honors, Cross-Disability, Deaf, East Asia Pacific Region, Media & Journalism, News | Tags: , , , , , |

Challenges Deaf writer wins national Media Award

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 26, 2008: CHALLENGES writer James Chua has won the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Red Ribbon Media Award in Journalism in HIV/AIDS reporting in Malaysia for the print media magazine category (English).

His Winning Entry : HIV/AIDS, a Serious Health Threat in Any Language was published in the very first issue of Challenges Magazine, that is Volume 1/issue 1 April 2008.

We, at Challenges, are so proud of James! Well Done!

more details : www.challengesmagazine.wordpress.com
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Mary Chen
Editor
CHALLENGES
Malaysia’s 1st Cross-disability national magazine
Get your copy today online order :
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World Vision International Peace Prize NOMINATIONS Sought

Posted on 2 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, Children, Opportunities, Violence, Women, youth | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

World Vision International Peace Prize

[It is my hope that We Can Do readers will consider whether they might know an individual with disabilities, or a disability-oriented organization, that might qualify for the World Vision International Peace Prize. The winning organization will receive $5,000; the winning individual will receive $1,000. The deadline to submit nominations is February 15, 2009. The following text is copy/pasted from the World Vision guidelines for the awards, which can also be downloaded in PDF format. The guidelines are also available in French and in Spanish.]

Guidelines

Purpose
The purpose of the World Vision International Peace Prize is to annually recognize and honor one individual who is a catalyst for peacemaking and one organisation which champions the integration of peacebuilding into relief, development and advocacy programmes.

Two award recipients shall be named annually under this World Vision International Peace Prize:
1. Peacebuilding Award – given to an agency or organisation that excels at integrating peacebuilding into relief, development or advocacy activities, and mobilising communities to build a durable peace
2. Peacemaking Award – given to an individual who has taken risks and excelled in being a catalyst in either bringing conflicted parties together to resolve a conflict or in enabling a peace process that engages peacemakers, mediators and people of moral authority who bring hope that a significant destructive conflict can be resolved.

The first award focuses on World Vision’s area of greatest expertise in peacebuilding, namely integrating peacebuilding in relief, development and advocacy. Key programmatic themes of World Vision include the role of children, youth and women in building peace.

The second award focuses on World Vision’s secondary area of focus, making a significant contribution to community-based peacemaking, serving as a catalyst and building bridges so that other organisations and individuals can assist in resolving destructive conflicts that put all development at risk.

Description of award
The World Vision International Peace Prize is given annually in honor and memory of Steve Williams (1951-2007), World Vision UK Senior Policy Advisor on Peace and Conflict. Steve brought vast experience in peacebuilding, conflict analysis and policy analysis to World Vision UK, and served as the Co-convener of PaxNet, the World Vision global peacebuilding network.

He distinguished himself not only within World Vision but within the peace community around the world as one who integrated his conflict analysis and policy work, was committed in his personal, family and work life to work for peace and reconciliation, strongly supported programmes of Children as Peacebuilders, and was a great advocate for peace with justice.

It is in this spirit that the World Vision International Peace Prize was established to honor his life, his work and his memory. The awardees each year may be little known to the public but each will serve as profound examples of peacemaking and peacebuilding in a world of conflict.

Nomination and selection process principles

Eligibility

Organisations and individuals that are external or internal to World Vision International may be nominated with equal consideration. Local community-based organisations as well as global humanitarian and development organisations are eligible for nomination.

Qualifications
The Awards Committee will give particular attention and consideration to nominees who mobilise children, youth and women in peacebuilding. A nomination will be strongest when the organisations or individuals demonstrate that their work and programme is built on careful context and conflict analysis, and produces credible policy and advocacy influence that contributes toward peace.

Monetary Prize and Trophy
Each organisation and individual who is awarded the World Vision International Peace Prize will receive both a monetary award ($5,000 for an organisation and $1,000 for an individual) and a physical trophy with the award designation.

Use of the award
The monetary award is to be used at the sole discretion of the awardees to further the work of the individual or the organisation in their continued role in peacemaking and peacebuilding.

Procedures for nomination
Nominees may come either from within or from outside World Vision. Self-nominations are accepted. The World Vision International Peace Prize Nomination Form can be found online at www.wvi.org/peaceprize. It should be completed in full and sent by email to: wvi_peaceprize@wvi.org by the final day for submission: February 15, 2009.

Selection process
The World Vision International Director of Peacebuilding and the Peacebuilding Unit will initially review all applications to determine which ones meet the criteria and are the strongest candidates. A vetting process will assess the nominations and develop a preliminary list of finalists. The entries from those finalists will be posted online for one month, allowing the global peacebuilding community to view, vet and rank the nominees. A short list of nominees for each prize will then be submitted to an International Peace Prize Awards Committee which will review the nominations and select the winner in each category. Decisions of the Committee will be final.

Peace Prize deadlines
September 21, 2008 International Day of Peace: Announcement and Solicitation of Nominations
February 15, 2009 Final Day for Submission of Nominations
June 30, 2009 Awardees informed privately of their selection
September 21, 2009 Announcement of Prize recipients, presentations and call for nominees for 2010 competition

Award presentation
Awards will be presented by the World Vision International President or designee on the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2009.

To find out more about World Vision’s Peacebuilding work and team, go to www.wvi.org/peaceprize.

[We Can Do readers should please note that the official web site for the World Vision International Peace Prize is at

http://www.wvi.org/wvi/wviweb.nsf/maindocs/AC6E33C8CE519993882574C50060CD3E?opendocument

People interested in learning more about the World Vision Peace Prize should please follow the link to their web site. Nomination forms can be downloaded at their web site in English, Spanish, or French. Any questions about the prize that are not adequately addressed by the World Vision Peace Prize website should please be directed to wvi_peaceprize@wvi.org, NOT to We Can Do.]



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Pacific Human Rights Award Nominees Sought

Posted on 27 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, East Asia Pacific Region, Human Rights, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Nominations sought for 2008 RRRT/SPC Pacific Human Rights Award
[We Can Do readers will note that this human rights award is not specific to disability rights work. However, this nomination process could be an opportunity to bring attention to people working to promote disability rights in the Pacific Region. The deadline for submitting nominations is October 31, 2008.

Nominations sought for 2008 RRRT/SPC Pacific Human Rights Award

The Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (RRRT/SPC) is seeking nominations for the 2008 RRRT/SPC Pacific Human Rights Award.

This year the award is unique in that it will honour courageous and innovative individuals for “outstanding achievement in the field of human rights” – and not organisations, as it has previously – to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights.

The closing date for the receipt of nominations is 31 October 2008, and the award will be presented at a ceremony in Suva, Fiji Islands, in early December 2008, marking International Human Rights Day.

What is the RRRT/SPC Pacific Human Rights Award?
In 1998, RRRT won the prestigious UNICEF Maurice Pate Award for its pioneering work in promoting human rights education for women and children in the Pacific.

RRRT now offers a similar award for the region to encourage the development of a human rights culture that will protect the rights and promote the well-being of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. This is the first year RRRT has offered the award to individuals.

The award is an opportunity not only to give public recognition to the achievements of the recipients themselves, but also to send a clear message to human rights defenders region wide that the Pacific community is grateful for, and supports, their tireless efforts to promote all human rights for all.

Nominations for the 2008 Award
The 2008 Award will be presented at an event in Suva in December 2008 as part of the annual commemoration of Human Rights Day. Nominations can be submitted on the form attached or downloaded online from www.rrrt.org and should be received at the indicated email, postal address or fax number by 31 October 2008. Organisations or individuals can nominate.

Nominees must:
1. Be Pacific Island nationals.
2. Have shown strong commitment to social justice and human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
3. Have demonstrated a high degree of commitment in their personal lives and actions to the framework of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This framework takes for granted the integrated nature of human rights – i.e that they are universal, inalienable, interconnected and indivisible. This means that civil, political, economic, cultural and social rights cannot be separated.
4. Have demonstrated extraordinary and exemplary initiative in promoting and advancing human rights or human rights education at a national and/or regional level.
5. Have made significant contributions to human rights promotion or protection in their countries through an extended period of dedicated work (paid or voluntary), taking an explicit rights-based approach.
6. Have contributed to positive change in their countries.
7. Not be employed by RRRT or SPC.

Note: The award can be granted posthumously.

The Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) is an SPC programme under the Social Resources Division with core support from NZAID and AusAID. RRRT provides training, technical support, policy and advocacy advice in human rights to promote social justice and good governance throughout the Pacific region.



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Good Practice AWARD COMPETITION for Service Providers in Middle East: Chance to Win 1500 Euro for Organization

Posted on 25 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, Case Studies, Cross-Disability, Education, Funding, Health, Middle East and North Africa, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Note that the application deadline is October 18, 2008.

Funded by:
DISABILITY MONITOR INITIATIVE- MIDDLE EAST
Good Practice Award

The identification and sharing of good practices helps service providers to improve their performance and ultimately provide enhanced services for persons with disabilities. The Disability Monitor Initiative (DMI-ME) is conducting a Good Practice Awards program to recognize good practices in service delivery.

Who can apply:

  • Service providers in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine and Yemen working in the areas of healthcare, education, livelihood opportunities and social protection – for persons with disabilities
  • Service providers with no more than 40 salaried staff or an annual budget less than $300,000

What is the process:
1. Download the application form from this website www.disabilitymonitor-me.org
2. Complete the application and email to editor@disabilitymonitor-me.org
3. Applications can be submitted until Saturday 18 October 2008
4. The finalists from the region will be shortlisted and notified to arrange a face-to-face meeting to allow gathering of more in-depth information about the good practice
5. Face-to-face meetings will occur during October, November and December 2008, with the final winners notified shortly after all the assessments are completed

What is the prize:
For shortlisted service providers

  • their organization will be listed in the DMI-ME report themed around access to services for persons with disabilities in the Middle East due out in mid 2009
  • will receive a free flight and accommodation for a member of the organization to attend a major Regional Disability Conference for the Middle East scheduled to take place in mid 2009
  • For winning service providers

  • in addition to the above prizes, the organization will ultimately receive €1,500
  • a commemorative plaque presented before the media, recognizing their achievements in demonstrating a good practice for the delivery of social services for persons with disabilities in the Middle East

For more information please visit the DMI-ME website www.disabilitymonitor-me.org or email the team at the DMI-ME on editor@disabilitymonitor-me.org

Unsuccessful applicants will be informed why they were not considered as a winner and the judges’ decision is considered final.

This Good Practice Award competition is being funded by the Christian Blind Mission and Handicap International.



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Micro-Documentary Film Contest: Social Dimensions of Climate Change

Posted on 23 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Arts, Awards & Honors, Call for Audio & Visual Materials, Call for Nominations or Applications, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , |

Note that the deadline for this is October 24, 2008. Although this competition is not specific to disability issues, I think there is wide scope for a creative film maker to incorporate a disability dimension into their documentary.

Exciting Follow Up to the March 2008 International Workshop on the Social Dimensions of Climate Change:

The Social Development Department Announces the Launch of a Worldwide Micro-Documentary Film Contest!:

Click here for details:

http://www.worldbank.org/sdccfilmcontest
[Addendum from We Can Do editor: There is a 3 minute video on this page. Only part of the video is subtitled. But immediately below the video, you will see links to full transcripts in your choice of English, Chinese, Spanish, or French.]

As a follow-up to our landmark March 2008 International Workshop on the Social Dimensions of Climate Change, the World Bank?s Social Development Department is thrilled to announce the launch of a world-wide documentary competition, “Vulnerability Exposed: Social Dimensions of
Climate Change”. The aim of this film contest is to inspire people to innovatively illustrate the consequences of climate change through one of the following theme categories: conflict, migration, urban space, rural institutions, drylands, social policy, indigenous peoples, gender,
governance, forests and/or human rights.

The contest is open to anyone who wishes to have their voice heard – both amateur and professional filmmakers alike. There are two award categories: 1.) Social Dimensions of Climate Change Award (general category) and 2.) Young Voices of Climate Change Award (youth category).

The general category is open to everyone; the youth category is open to entries submitted by filmmakers who are under 24 years old. Award winners will be chosen through a combination of public voting and a judging panel. The film with the most public votes in each theme category will receive honorable mention. The Award Winners will receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington, DC for a screening of their film and will have the opportunity to attend a series of networking and learning events organized by the Social Development Department of the
World Bank in December, 2008.

The submission period ends on Friday, October 24, 2008.

For more detailed information about the contest, please visit our website:
SDCC Film Contest: http://www.worldbank.org/sdccfilmcontest

For any additional information, please contact Megumi Makisaka
(mmakisaka@worldbank.org).
[Addendum from We Can Do: deaf and hard of hearing people might wish to encourage Megumi Makisaka to put subtitles on the full video. People who are blind or who have vision impairments might wish to encourage them to add audio description.]

Spread the word about the contest to your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors!! We hope that as many people as possible will take advantage of this exciting opportunity to creatively share their perspectives on the Social Dimensions of Climate Change.

We look forward to your submissions!

[We Can Do addendum: Even though this competition is obviously not focused specifically on disability issues, it could nevertheless be an opportunity for disabled film makers to gain recognition for their skill. It could also be a chance for filmmakers to explore, via film, how the consequences of climate change might affect people with disabilities differently from other populations. Because this is a mainstream film competition, it could be an opportunity to heighten the awareness of people who might not ordinarily think about disability issues.]



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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: International Service Human Rights Awards

Posted on 28 May 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Opportunities, Poverty, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

International Service, a development agency that works in Latin America, West Africa, and the Middle East, is seeking nominations for its annual International Service Human Rights Awards.

We Can Do readers should please note that one of their categories is for grass roots activists or organizations working in the area of disability rights. This would be an opportunity for readers to help bring attention and recognition to a leader in the disability rights advocacy field who you have long admired. Rosangela Berman-Bieler was recognized in 2007.

The submission deadline is July 3, 2008.

International Service Human Rights Awards

Introduction and Guidelines
The International Service Human Rights Awards recognise grassroots organisations, international development workers and activists who work for change at a local, national or international level.

The Awards aim to honour organisations and individuals that work at the very grassroots level in promoting human rights and effecting real change in the lives of people. They seek to celebrate the work of the ‘unsung heroes’ in the struggle for human rights. These Awards are meant to complement rather than compete with other awards honouring people who promote social, economic and political change around the world.

The Awards have four objectives:

1. To affirm the importance of the work which is aimed at changing the things that cause people in society to be excluded, impoverished or disempowered.
2. To promote the importance of doing this work in a way which demonstrates an attitude of fundamental respect for all people, but especially for those who suffer from poverty and injustice.
3. To raise the profile of the individual or organisational achievement via press coverage in the UK and in the country in which the organisation or individual is based.
4. To complement existing higher profile awards in recognising grassroots work.

Eligibility criteria
Nominees must be individuals or organisations (including local partner organisations and international NGOs) working in development in any county in the world. Nominees can be nominated by international development agencies and human rights organisations. The activities referred to in the nomination must be activities which are currently underway or have recently been completed.

Categories
The Award for the Defence of the Human Rights of Women
The prize will be given for activities that have worked to empower, protect or promote women’s rights.

The Award for the Defence of the Human Rights of Children
The prize will be given for activities that have worked to protect children’s rights through access to healthcare, education or positive recreation.

The Award for the Defence of the Human Rights of Disabled People
The prize will be given for activities that have worked to achieve equal opportunities for disabled people.

The Award for the Defence of the Human Rights of People Living with HIV/AIDS
The prize will be given for activities that have worked to stop the spread of HIV/Aids in any country or empowered those who have already contracted the disease.

The Global Human Rights Defender
The prize will be given in recognition of someone who uses their influence or celebrity to campaign for human rights for all. International Service believes that grassroots work can also be promoted by individuals or organisations that use their influence or celebrity to raise the profile of the struggle for universal human rights.

Submission deadline
Thursday 3rd July 2008

Our panel of judges will meet to assess the nominations and agree upon a winner in each category. The judges’ decisions will be advertised in the International Service Human Rights Awards website (www.is-humanrightsawards.org) within a period of two months after the submission deadline. Winners will be contacted to inform them about the results. International Service will not contact unsuccessful entries, but enquiries can be made.

Awards presentation
The International Service Human Rights Awards presentation will take place on 8th December 2008 at the Terrace Marquee at the House of Commons.

The judging panel
The composition of the jury panel aims to include individuals from a wide range of backgrounds with interest in human rights. The 2008 panel is composed of people from the corporate, academic and development sectors.
• Haleh Afshar
• Marika Freris
• Tim Hancock
• Bryan Sanderson
• Candy Whittome

The decision of the judges will be final.

How to fill in the entry form
Each entrant is required to submit a completed entry form. You can download the awards entry form in Word format (176 Kb) at http://www.is-humanrightsawards.co.uk/is_hr_nomination_%20form%202008.doc, or you can download the awards entry form in PDF format (57 Kb) at http://www.is-humanrightsawards.co.uk/is_hr_nomination_%20form%202008.pdf

Please send completed entry forms and any supporting materials to humanrights@internationalservice.org.uk or to Human Rights Awards, International Service, 57 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7FX, England.

Electronic supporting materials should be in pdf, rtf, Windows Office XP or previous versions, jpeg or gif formats.

For further detail on the International Service Human Rights Awards, please consult their web site at http://www.is-humanrightsawards.org/

If you have any queries do not hesitate to contact International Service on 01904 647799 or Valeria Guarneros at vguarneros@unais.org.uk



Thank you to Valeria Guarneros for submitting this announcement to We Can Do. Readers with inquiries about this announcement should please either consult the awards web site or contact Valeria Guarneros, not We Can Do.

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ESSAY COMPETITION: Shape the City of Your Dreams

Posted on 20 February 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, Call for Papers, Fellowships & Scholarships, Urban Development, youth | Tags: , , , , |

WANTED: YOUR practical ideas for improving the city you live in.

The International Essay Competition 2008 for young people aged 18 to 25 has been launched. The theme is “Shaping the City of Your Dreams.” Essays can be submitted in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, or Portuguese. The maximum allowed length for each essay is 10 pages (4,000 words). Cash prizes are available for $5000 or $1000.

Participating youth may be either students or non-students. Ph.D. (doctorate) students are NOT eligible.

Essays may be submitted until March 23, 2008.

Finalists will be announced April 30, 2008. Finalists will be invited to attend the ABCDE Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, in June 2008. All travel expenses for finalists will be paid by the World Bank. The final winners will be selected and awarded on June 11, 2008.

This competition could be an opportunity for a young adult with disabilities in a developing country to win recognition for their ideas.

This competition is not specific to disability issues. But perhaps participants could consider focusing their essay on how their city could be made more accessible to disabled people. If this interests you, then you might find it helpful to research the concept of “universal design.” Other We Can do blog posts relevant to universal design include one about New Delhi improving its accessibility and another about a free, on-line book on universal deisgn and visitability.

For ideas on how to find further informational resources on universal design or other topics related to people with disabilities, try consulting Tips and leads on finding academic research, paper, resources, or statistics. Of course, also try searching at http://www.google.com or your preferred search engine.

More information about the essay competition can be found at:

www.essaycompetition.org

Be sure to read the FAQ and rules carefully before submitting your essay. Participants should also carefully read more detail about the three questions that each essay is expected to answer.

It is critical that you write a good-quality abstract (short summary) for your essay. Abstracts will be used to help the judges pre-select essays for the competition. Read all the instructions at www.essaycompetition.org carefully.

Participants can submit your essays on-line at

http://www.essaycompetition.org/content08_38_1

One of the questions on their application form asks where you learned about their competition. When you answer this question, please be sure to click “other” and tell them that you learned about their competition at wecando.wordpress.com.



Thank you to Ghulam Nabi Nazimani for alerting me (and others) to this competition. I researched most of the detail for this blog post at the essay competition web site.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Best Practices in Global Health Award

Posted on 9 February 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, Health, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Best Practices in Global Health Award

Application Deadline: 15 February 2008

The Best Practices in Global Health Award is given annually to celebrate and highlight the efforts of a public health practitioner or organisation dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged and disenfranchised populations, and to recognize the programmes that effectively demonstrate the link between health, poverty and development. The person or organisation selected for this award must be able to demonstrate the success of the programme(s), and measurable results in the field, and also have the ability and expertise to share, inspire and extend best practices for improving health.

The award will be presented in Washington, D.C., at a special Awards Ceremony during the Global Health Council’s Annual International Conference. The winner’s name is embargoed until the time of the ceremony in May 2008.

Do you know a person or organization that has established or run an excellent program that has been demonstrably effective in improving the health of people with disabilties? Have the positive outcomes been measured and documented? Is this a program that is community-based, sustainable, and replicable? Does the program demonstrate the link between poverty, health, and development? If so, this award could be an opportunity to win international recognition for a person or organization that has transformed the lives of impoverished people with disabilities or other disenfranchised populations. It could also be an opportunity to help raise consciousness about the importance of actively ensuring the inclusion of disabled people in public health programs.

For more information about the award, its eligibility criteria and how you can nominate someone for it, go to the following web page:

http://www.globalhealth.org/conference/view_top.php3?id=743

At the above web page, please be sure to read all the information carefully to be sure you fully understand the selection criteria that the Global Health Council will be using to screen nominations. This award will likely be very competitive, so nomination forms should be filled out carefully and in full detail.

The theme for the 35th annual International Conference on Global Health is Community Health: Delivering, Serving, Engaging, Leading. The conference will be held May 27-31, 2008, in Washington, DC, USA. For more information on the conference, go to:

http://www.globalhealth.org/conference/



Part of the text for this announcement comes from the Global Health web site. I added the paragraph encouraging readers to consider nominating programs focused on the needs of the disability community. You may also wish to consider nominating programs run by someone with disabilities, or by an organization of people with disabilities.

We Can Do learned about this opportunity through contacts at Mobility International USA (MIUSA). Among their many other activities, MIUSA has a program focused on international development and disability.



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