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The Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) is inviting nominations of courageous and creative women and women’s groups for its 24th annual Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life. For this 2018 Prize, nominees exhibiting exceptional creativity, courage and commitment for the improvement of the quality of life in rural communities are sought from around the world.

The Prize aims to draw international attention to laureates’ contributions to sustainable development, food security and peace, thus generating recognition and support for their initiatives and projects. By highlighting and awarding creative development leaders and their work, innovations and experiences, WWSF is working to empower rural women to end rural poverty, improve gender equality, and advance women’s rights to peace and well-being.

The prizewinners will be honoured on 15 October 2018, International Day of Rural Women.


Between 5 to 10 prizewinners will be chosen in 2018, with each winning laureate receiving a cash prize of US$1000. All prizewinners and a brief description of their work will be published on WWSF’s website. The Prize is an award for successful accomplishments rather than a fund for future projects.


Nominees should be women and women’s groups currently active in rural life whose efforts have not yet been acknowledged by other awards.  The nominating organization or individual must have direct experience of the nominee’s work. The nominator cannot nominate a family member, or be a member of the nominated organization. An organization cannot nominate its senior officer (i.e. founder, president etc.). No more than 3 candidates may be presented by the same person/organization in the same year. The nominator commits, if possible, to organize an award ceremony if the candidate is selected for the Prize and to inviting the local and/or national media to the ceremony. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nominations should demonstrate the creativity, courage and sometimes, sacrifice, in the nominee’s efforts at the grass-roots level to improve life in rural communities. Any of the following elements should be emphasized:

  • Exceptional courage and perseverance in improving rural life
  • Creativity in the approach
  • Preservation of and respect for the environment
  • Continuing impact on the community
  • Supporting the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, and
  • Actively participating, if possible, in the annual WWSF 17 Days Campaign for the Empowerment of rural women and their communities.


Nominations are to be sent by post, to arrive at the WWSF Women’s World Summit Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, by 30 April 2018.

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