Global #MediaFor1325 Award

Amplifying Women’s Stories: The Global #MediaFor1325 Award for the Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

The Global Media and WPS Award (#MediaFor1325) promotes and recognizes journalists and other media practitioners whose work contributes to the implementation of UNSCR 1325 on WPS. The award provides greater visibility to the winning articles from each country, highlighting the importance of women in building and sustaining peace. It also spotlights women’s roles as leaders, peacebuilders, and decision-makers, especially in the context of COVID-19 prevention and recovery. The Global Media and WPS Award also serves as an encouragement for other journalists from different parts of the world to develop engaging stories to promote the implementation of WPS and women’s leadership in building and sustaining peace.

Beatriz Elena Valdés Correa, Colombia
First Place Winner
Beatriz’s winning article is about a young woman who channeled her trauma into empowerment after being sexually violated at the age of 14. She is now part of a women peacebuilding network that works with victims of sexual violence, including sexworkers, to combat stigmatization of victims of sexual abuse.
Franck Zongwe Lukama, Democratic Republic of Congo
Second Place Winner
Frank’s winning story highlights how the women of South Kivu are overcoming the negative economic impact of Covid-19. It also emphasizes how women’s work has fundamentally contributed to the city’s economy and regional peacebuilding efforts during the pandemic, despite obstacles and long-standing gender discrimination.
Mercy Tyra Murengu, Republic of Kenya
Third Place Winner
Mercy’s winning submission shines light on the women peacebuilders in the Turkana Region of Kenya faced with conflict related to cattle rattling. She highlights the women, peace and security committees run by women and how they are shaping the society and building peace within their communities.

Submitting to the Competition

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a journalist from and working in a country that is part of OECD’s 2020 fragility framework;
  • The submitted materials must be in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, or Russian;
  • The submitted material must have been published after 1 January 2020 or be scheduled to be published no later than 31 December 2021 via print, online media (e.g., blogs), TV, or radio stations;
  • The submitted material must contribute to promoting at least one of the four pillars of WPS (women’s meaningful participation; protection of women’s rights; conflict prevention; and gender-sensitive relief and recovery) and/or women’s contributions to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts;
  • The submitted material must be original and the work of the person submitting it.
The competition is now closed.

Past National-Level Competitions