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.

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 ( 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, or you can download the awards entry form in PDF format (57 Kb) at

Please send completed entry forms and any supporting materials to 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

If you have any queries do not hesitate to contact International Service on 01904 647799 or Valeria Guarneros at

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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