4th Continental Essay Competition 2016/2017
21 Sep 2016
“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)
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.
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.
Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tome & Principe
Burundi, Comoros, D.R Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda
Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia
Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe
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
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
Information on regional winners will be published on the following websites:
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
Information on Continental winners will be published on the following websites:
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
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