W20 - Writing contest for students

W20 - Writing contest for students
The impact of corruption on the economic empowerment of women


why is the issue important?

Economic empowerment of women is a complex concept that covers many dimensions. A lot of factors contribute to this, such as productive resource, norms, behaviours and institutions. While the economic empowerment of women, through their own ventures or through their participation in organizations, has proven to be beneficial for business, there is still a long way until gender equality will be reached.

Corruption - as an impediment for the economic empowerment of women - has a direct and negative impact on the development of gender equality. Corruption in political parties makes it more difficult for them to participate and mobilize their demands. Lack of transparent police enforcement also makes the more vulnerable to violence and less likely to get the protection they deserve. Other forms of corruption and extortion almost exclusively affect women as sexual extortion, exploitation or human trafficking. All these scenarios have a direct impact in the economic empowerment of women.
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What is the contest about?

The main objective of this contest is to answer the following questions:

What are the links between the abuse of power, corruption, and the impact on the possibility of women to be economically independent.

What is the impact of corruption on the economic empowerment of women in the chosen case?

What possible measures or solutions could be applied to diminish or avoid the impact of corruption on the economic empowerment of women?

Who can take part?

Postgraduate students from any university from Argentina, Brazil, Germany, India, Indonesia, and Mexico.
What are the requirements?

The paper needs to be handed in:

in British English;
with a maximum length 15,000 characters without spaces.

What is the reward?

A winner will be selected and will be travelling to the Women 20 (W20) Summit, on 01 and 03 October 2018 in Argentina, where he or she can present the paper.

How will be the procedure?

The paper should be handed in to until 02 July 2018, together with a short video (3-5 minutes) and the signed terms of the contest.
Ten papers will be preselected until 02 August 2018.
These ten students will have the possibility of defending their paper online in front of the jury.
The final winner will be announced at the beginning of September 2018.

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