Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life Award

Women's World Summit Foundation
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Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 30 April, 2012
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The Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF) is a humanitarian, secular, international NGO with United Nations (UN) consultative status (Economic and Social Council, United Nations Population Fund and DPI), works for a new development paradigm with and for women and children. The organisation serves the implementation of women’s and children’s rights and the UN development agenda.

The prize (US$1 000 per laureate and US$3 000 for specific African women’s organisations), honours women and women's groups around the world exhibiting exceptional creativity, courage and commitment for the improvement of the quality of life in rural communities (375 prizes awarded so far).

The Prize aims to draw international attention to laureates' contributions to sustainable development, household food security and peace, thus generating recognition and support for their projects. While rural women are vital in providing examples of sound practice in their communities, they still do not have full access to tools needed for development, such as education, credit, land rights and participation in decision making. By highlighting and awarding creative development models, innovations and experiences enhancing the quality of rural life, WWSF participates in addressing the eradication of rural poverty, gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment.


  • Nominees should be women and women’s groups currently active in rural life whose efforts have not yet been acknowledged by other awards. They may not nominate themselves;
  • The nominating organisation or individual must have direct experience of the nominee's work. The nominator may not nominate a family member, be a member of the nominated organisation, nor can an organisation nominate its senior officer (i.e. founder, president etc.). No more than three nominees may be presented by the same person/organisation in the same year. The nominator commits to organise an award ceremony if the candidate is selected for the prize and invite the media.

Nominations must include the following items:

  • Original signed letter of nomination indicating how the nominator knows the nominee and for how long;
  • Biographical data on the nominee (full name, age, education, place of work, background) and a detailed history of the nominee's creative project (written by the nominator) including her motivation, innovative aspects, any obstacles overcome, and the impact in the community. Nominations must specify whether the nominee has received or is currently being nominated for other awards;
  • Two original and signed endorsement letters from organisations or individuals other than the nominator and, if possible, additional supporting materials such as newspaper articles or publications;
  • A few labelled photographs clearly showing the nominee(s) for possible publication.


The long-term impact of the prize depends on the integrity of the nominators and the quality of their nominations. The prize is an award for successful accomplishments rather than a fund for future projects. The nominee's history (2-3 pages) should demonstrate the creativity, courage and sometimes sacrifice in her efforts at the grass roots to improve life in rural communities. Descriptions should be as specific as possible.

Any of the following elements should be emphasised:

  • Exceptional courage and perseverance in improving rural life;
  • Creativity in the approach;
  • Preservation of and respect for the environment;
  • Continuing impact on the community.

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