4th Continental Essay Competition 2016/2017

4th Continental Essay Competition 2016/2017
21 Sep 2016


ABOUT THE 4th ESSAY COMPETITION

Theme:

“Role of Standardisation in Facilitating Human Rights with particular focus on the Rights of Women”

The   Competition   aims   to   have   3   categories   of winners:  the  National,  Regional  and  Continental.  In this   regard,   ARSO   is   requesting   all   the   National Standards     Bodies in Africa     to organise the competition  at  the National  level  and  send  out  the attached documents (4th Continental Essay Concept  Paper  and  the Registration  Form)  to  the various     Universities     /Colleges     eligible     for     the competition.  The  NSB  is  expected  to  conduct  the competition at National level. This entails sending out the   relevant   documents   to   Colleges/   Universities, receiving  the  essays  from  the  participants,  doing  the assessment  and  awarding  or  giving  recognition  to the winners as appropriate to the NSB. The  organizers  are  inviting  students  in  institutions  of higher    learning    in   Africa    (Colleges/    Universities approved   by   their   local   commission   of   higher education) to submit their essays on the theme: “Role of Standardisation  in  Facilitating  Human Rights  with particular  focus  on  the Rights  of  Women”  to  their respective  National  Standards  Bodies  (NSBs)  email addresses. (Confirm with your respective NSBs on the submission dates) Kindly note that a minimum of 25 participants should be  registered  with  respective  NSBs  in  order  for  them to proceed to regional competition. The deadline for submitting  top  three winners  by  National  Standards Bureaus (NSBs) is 1st March 2017 through [email protected]
ENTRY RULES AND CONDITIONS

1.This  competition  is  open  to  Citizens  of  all  African Countries  below  the  age  of  35  years  living  in Africa    and    studying    in    a    university/college       recognised  by  the  local commission  for  university education or equivalent body in their countries

2.Length of essays : Essays should be between 1000 and 1200 words 

3.Presentation:  Essays  should  be  double  spaced and presented in Century Gothic, size 12

4.Language  of  essays:  Essays  may  be  submitted  in English or French

5.Information  on  the  author:  Authors  may  use  up  to 50   words   to   describe   themselves.   Information should  include  their  names,  course  and  year  of study,  name,  town  and  country  in  which  their university  is  located.  (N.  B:  this  will  not  be  part  of the 1000-1200 words)

6.Contacts  of  authors:  Authors  should  provide  us with  their  postal,  physical,  telephone  and  email addresses  on  the  first  page  of  the  essay  together with  the  title  of  the  essay  and  information  on  the author.  Also  kindly  attach  a  copy  of  the  Identity Card    or   pass   port   and   a   completely   filled          registration  form  that  can  be  obtained  from  Apex (w w w .ape xtraini nga fr ica .or g ) and ARSO (www.arso-oran.org)

7.Eligibility

The    following essays are not eligible    for    this competition:

Essays  that  have  been  shown  or  accepted  for other competitions.

Essays that have been published in any form.

Essays   that   focus   on   the   work   of   a   particular person, organization or brand name.

8.Number  of  essays  to  submitted:  Participants  are only allowed to submit one essay
WHAT THE ORGANISERS ARE LOOKING FOR -NOT NECESSARILY IN THE ORDER BELOW

There are different areas on the role of standardisation in facilitating the rights of women: 

Women    participation    in    standardisation and communal activities;

The    development    of    standards    with women Interests and priorities

Mainstream   gender   in   the   policy,   budget and service delivery process;

The  population  will  be  sensitized  on  human  rights issues   for   a   better   understanding   of   national, regional    and  major  international  human  rights mechanisms

Increased  awareness,  promotion  and  protection of the rights of women

Quality    and    Safe    Products    for    women and increased trade

Increased opportunities for Women in the NSBs

Increased participation of Women in   standardisation activities at the National, Regional and Continental level;

Improved understanding of standardisation among women

Women empowerment and sustainable development

Participation   of   women   in   public   life   including leadership posts

Strengthened legal frameworks     and public institutions for promoting gender equality.

1.A precise introduction of the essay

2.Explanation of the problems in the rights of women in Africa today in relation to development.

3.General understanding of standards

4.General   knowledge   of   the   situation   in   Africa regarding to the rights of women 

5.How  standards  contribute  to  the  rights  of  women Africa

6.A  clear  example  on  how  standards  have  in  the past  assisted  in  solving  issues  related  to  Women Rights in your Country.

7.Conclusion
PRIZES FOR WINNERS

There will be two levels of winners 

At Regional Level 

1st position –USD 500

2nd position –USD 300

3rd position –USD 200

At Continental Level 

1st  position –(male  and  female)  each  USD 1000

2nd position –USD 800

3rd position –USD 500 

In  addition  the  winners  will  be  given  a  trip  and accommodation   to   the   next   ARSO   G.A   (ARSO General Assembly) event that will take place in 2017 to be honored.
SELECTION OF WINNERS IN REGIONS

The  selection  of  winners  at  regional  level  will  be done  according  to  the  UNECA  clustering  of  African states as follows. 

Central Africa:

Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tome & Principe

Eastern Africa:

Burundi,   Comoros,   D.R   Congo,   Djibouti,   Ethiopia,  Eritrea,  Kenya,  Madagascar,  Rwanda,  Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda

North Africa:

Algeria,  Egypt,  Libya,  Mauritania,  Morocco,  Sudan, and Tunisia

Southern Africa:

Angola,    Botswana,    Lesotho,    Malawi,    Mauritius, Mozambique,   Namibia,   South   Africa,   Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

West Africa:

Benin,  Burkina  Faso,  Cape  Verde,  Côte  d’Ivoire,  the Gambia,   Ghana,   Guinea,   Guinea-Bissau,   Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo

More information on this can be obtained by visiting www.uneca.org
COPYRIGHT

Please  note  that  by  entering  the competition,  you have   assigned   copyright   of   your   essay   to   the            organizers of this event who may publish it in whole or in   part   on   their   respective   websites,   websites   of     national    standards    bodies,    a    wide    range of publications  for  circulation  both  inside  and  outside Africa.
SELECTION OF WINNERS

Winners  will  be  selected  through  a  fair  and  impartial selection process by the organizers. The decision of the judges shall be final.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS

Regional winners 

Information  on  regional  winners  will  be  published  on the following websites:

1.The organizers

2.Their respective regional economic        communities

3.The   website   of   their   national   standards body 

Regional   winners   will   be   announced   during   the national  standards  day  celebrations  in  their  countries immediately   following   the   essay   competition   and   selection of winners

Continental winners 

Information  on  Continental  winners  will  be  published on the following websites:

1.The organizers

2.African Union Commission 

3.Website of all national standards bodies 

Continental  winners  will  be  announced  during  the  Africa  standards  day  celebration  held  yearly  during the ARSO General East African Legislative Assembly

Visit the competition website here
ANNOUNCER; 

My Writers Bureau Inc. 

 

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