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#Blog4Dev: Ethiopians, Sudanese and South Sudanese, What Will It Take to Promote Gender Equity and End Gender- Based Violence in Your Country?

March 08-April 16, 2018


  • Gender Equity: Women can, and do, play a vital role in driving the robust, shared growth needed to end extreme poverty and build resilient societies. But in many parts of the world, their potential, participation, and productive capacity are sorely undervalued and untapped.

    While women are on average living longer, healthier lives than even a decade ago, too many women and girls still lack basic rights, freedoms, and opportunities, and they face huge inequalities in the world of work. They typically have far fewer assets, farm smaller plots, work in less profitable sectors, and face discriminatory laws and norms that constrain their time and choices.

    Gender-Based Violence (GBV): Affecting as many as one in every three women, GBV is a global epidemic, which includes serious violations against women and girls, but also those directed against men and boys.  GBV comes in many forms—physical violence, rape and other forms of sexual assault, child marriage and any type of forced marriage; female genital mutilation, human trafficking, and even denying someone basic services on the basis of their gender. GBV knows no socio-economic or national boundaries, and has a negative impact on a nation’s well-being. Promoting gender equity and preventing gender-based violence is key to building a better, more inclusive future for everyone in Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan.

    To make gender equality a reality and end gender-based violence, every opinion counts. Tell us, in no more than 600 words: What will it take to promote gender equity and end gender-based violence in your country?


  • Now in its fourth year, the #Blog4Dev series is a writing competition in which young people compete and submit written solutions on a topical challenge. It tests creativity, innovation, and looks for something with the potential of being scaled-up. It also helps engage youth become integral to the development process in their countries.

    This year, the World Bank wants to have your thoughts on Promoting Gender Equity and Ending Gender-Based Violence in Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan for a chance to win a Laptop or a Samsung Tablet.  


  • Must be Ethiopian, Sudanese or South Sudanese national residing in your home country, and aged between 18-28 years. 


  • o   Submit your entry by April 16, 2018 here: http://wrld.bg/qyC430iQsKW

    o   Submissions through email or mail post are not acceptable


  • A panel of judges made up of World Bank staff in Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan will review the submissions to determine the winning entries. 

    The winning submissions will be selected based on the following criteria:

    o   Originality and creativity

    o   Clarity

    o   Practicality

    o   Potential for scale-up



    The first two ranked winners of the contest in each country will receive prizes.

    1. First place winner: Laptop

    2. Second place winner: Samsung Galaxy Tablet

    All winning blogs will be published on the World Bank Africa Nasikiliza blog, and promoted on World Bank social media channels.


  • 1. Submissions must be original and well-written in English

    2. The deadline for submissions is April 16, 2018 11:59 pm Washington DC time. Late submissions will be automatically disqualified.

    3. The blog/essay length should be no more than 600 words. Longer entries will be disqualified.

    4. Only one submission per entrant will be allowed.

    5. The World Bank Group reserves the right to research and verify the eligibility of any entrants, and the decision of the World Bank Group shall be final.

    6. By entering the contest, participants agree to release the World Bank Group from any claims based on the contest, and grant the World Bank Group all rights to their entry, including consent to publish their entered blog post on its website and social media channels.

    7. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from the competition. Bloggers agree to comply with and be bound by the decisions of the World Bank Group, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this competition.



  • DeadLine: April 16, 2018 11:59 pm DC time
  • ELIGIBILITY: Must be Ethiopian, Sudanese or South Sudanese national residing in your home country, and aged between 18-28 years.
  • TOPIC: What Will It Take to Promote Gender Equity and End Gender- Based Violence in Your Country?
  • CONTACT: Blog4Dev 
  • Blog4Dev@worldbank.org