The objectives of the initiative are to: recognize women implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including women business owners of microenterprises; increase knowledge about the SDGs and their potential impacts on women among non-traditional audiences; and collaborate with private sector partners on all SDGs, but SDG5 in particular; to share best practices and innovative ideas.
Winners will receive leadership training, mentoring and will be flown to New York City to be recognized at an event at the margins of the 2018 UN General Assembly High-Level Week.
- The competition is open to women who own and/or lead microenterprises (1-9 employees; under USD $10,000 loan eligibility OR annual sales under $100,000);
- In order to participate, applicants should complete a short online template, describing their work and linking their initiative/product to one or more SDGs.
Entries will be screened by a university partner and then judged by an expert panel. Judges will determine the winners based on the impact on the SDGs, vision and purpose, and clarity of the entries.