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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 25th annual Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life. The 2019 Prize is looking for those exhibiting exceptional creativity, courage and commitment in improving the quality of life and in empowering rural communities.

The Prize aims to draw international attention to the winners’ 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 enhancing the quality of rural life, 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 2019, International Day of Rural Women.


Between 5 to 10 prizewinners will be chosen in 2019, with each winning laureate receiving a cash prize of US$1,000. 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. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nominations should be about successful accomplishments rather than 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. 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 2019.

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