#Standtall (Phase 1)

ECOWAS Online Campaign/Competition

#Standtall:  A campaign to raise awareness of the under-utilized potential of young women in the Energy Sector

The Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) is running a global campaign to raise awareness of the under-utilized potential of women in the energy sector and the social constructions that sustains and propagates this situation.  The campaign will provide a platform to deliberate on the validity, and subsequent impact, of socio-cultural norms and perceptions that creates classifications of “men’s only” and “women’s appropriate” jobs, in the energy sector.

The campaign is being organized in recognition that women are under-represented in the energy sector, particularly in the technical areas. An obvious reason is that, compared to the number of males graduating from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) departments in higher institutions of learning, there are, in fact, not that many female graduates.

As the technical sector is STEM driven, the number of women eligible for technical roles in the energy sector is automatically smaller compared to their male counterparts. With women not having the in-demand skills required in the sector they are excluded from the technical, and to a large extent, decision-making domains of energy development, thus limiting their capacity to contribute to energy expansion and to benefit from a very lucrative job market.

What can you do about it?

You can be part of this global campaign, dubbed “Standtall”.

The message of Standtall is that women and girls should be proud and confident in your qualities, capacities, abilities, talents and skills. Through this campaign we want women and girls to know that they have something to offer towards ending energy poverty and to the sustainable development of their communities. We are saying “don’t hold back from unleashing your full potential”.

Through this campaign we want to bring men and women together to raise awareness of the issue and strengthen advocacy for change. By creating a platform where discussions take place, views are shared and solutions proffered we hope to address the factors driving inequalities in our society.

 How to join the campaign?

Step 1: Join the ECOW-GENetwork by registering here.

Step 2: Post articles, photos or short videos on the subject matter on the ECOW-GENetwork or on twitter, using the tag #Standtall. Distinguished contributors would be selected and displayed in our Hall of fame, as valuable movers of the cause.

Step 3: take part in our online competition.This is how it works: submit an article with an in-depth analysis of the issue of women being under-represented in the energy sector, particularly in the technical areas, and the factors behind this; identify possible ways by which this issue could be addressed; evaluate the likely outcomes from each of the alternatives identified; recommend, and provide justifications for a solution.

The five highest voted articles, based on a summation of votes, i.e. likes and shares, from the listed social media platforms, would be selected for the next phase of evaluation, where the articles would be reviewed by a jury and the best three articles would be awarded with the prize money of $500, $300 and $200 for the first, second and third positions, respectively. Winning articles would be featured in the ECREEE newsletter and gender e-newsletter.

Article titles should be captioned as – #Standtall: and the writer’s chosen topic. The competition is open to young men and women, aged 16 to  32 years old. Entrants should be a resident of an ECOWAS Member State.

The competition will ran from 18 March 2015 – 18 April 2015. 

See the Concept note and terms and conditions for more information on the campaign and competition.

 

Concept note_Portuguese version

Terms and conditions_Portuguese version

Concept note_French version

Terms and conditions_French version

21 thoughts on “#Standtall (Phase 1)

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  4. samuel

    #STANDTALL: it is a really good sense of paving way for global equality

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  5. Monica Maduekwe Post author

    We are pleased that you think so! And if you have any questions about the writing contest do not hesitate to share them with us. All the best with your essay.

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    1. Austine

      please madam Monica,what is the topic of the essay and how many words are we suppose to write thanks.

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      1. Monica Maduekwe Post author

        Hello Austine, we want you to be creative with your topic. Just make sure that in your essay you:
        *provide an in-depth analysis of the issue of women being under-represented in the energy sector, particularly in the technical areas, and the factors behind this;
        *identify possible ways by which this issue could be addressed;
        *evaluate the likely outcomes from each of the alternatives identified;
        *recommend, and provide justifications for a solution

        Your essay must be more than 400 words. Therefore you can submit an article that is from 400 words – 2000 words, if you like.

        You can download, from this page, the concept note and terms and conditions for more information.

        My best wishes.

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  6. gbemileke

    monica please,
    how do we register for the competition… how do we submit the article…

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    1. Monica Maduekwe Post author

      Hi Gbemileke, now that you are a registered member of the site, to submit your article, go to ‘Add Post’, which is the last item under the ‘User Area’. You can cut-and-paste or simply type into the space provided. Remember to select the category #Standtall_Competition. The process should be easy but if you encounter any difficulties do let us know.
      All the best!

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    1. Monica Maduekwe Post author

      Thanks Chima. And there is so much we can learn from what the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) is doing to enhance women’s role in energy supply. I hope you would use this platform to share with the rest of us what the ECN has been up to.

      Reply
  7. olamidayo17

    please ma how do i share my post on face book and twitter to get their likes well i have submitted the article but i do not know how to share it.

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    1. Monica Maduekwe Post author

      Hello Olamidayo, your article is now published. All you have to do is to copy and paste the link of your article on your Facebook page or share it on your twitter account.

      Reply
  8. rutherford2

    Any idea when the first phase (the voting phase) will end? Because apparently, those who have already submitted have given the audience more time to vote.

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  9. Monica Maduekwe Post author

    Hi Rutherford, submitting on time has its benefits, as you have mentioned. However, since you could promote your article among your networks as well, to get more likes and shares, submitting later does not necessarily have to be a negative thing for you. What I am saying in essence is that you really determine the amount of votes you have.

    After the 18th of April, you have about a week before voting closes. So make the best use of it.

    All the best.

    Reply
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