Frida and Edita Sisters Awards Call for 2017

In 2017, there will be seven Frida and Edita Sisters Awards Winners, one per eligible countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

About the Award

Frida and Edita Sisters Awards is established by Eurasian key Population Health Network to honor leadership in social activism that has improved the quality of life of Sex Workers, People Using Drugs, Men Having Sex with Men, Transgender and inspired others to do the same. This Award is a celebration of the stories of adolescent and youth girls and boys, women and men, Transgender person and those who tell them. Established in 2017, Frida and Edita Sisters Awards encourage individual commitment and leadership by recognizing the achievement sparked positive social change in Public Health, Gender Equality and Human Rights.

Through Frida and Edita Sisters Awards, EKHN recognizes people who exemplify the highest values of volunteerism, community engagement, leadership and dedication to the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis prevention, support and care of underserved populations in Eurasian region.

Frida and Edita Sisters Awards aim is three-folds:

  • Recognizing the work of individuals who have demonstrated altruism, compassion, integrity, leadership and personal sacrifice while providing quality health care to Key Populations.
  • Recognizing the work of individuals whose influence reaches the Key Populations by treating, educating, counseling, advocating, informing, mobilizing, etc.
  • Recognizing the work of individuals who provide prevention, treatment and care to those who lack access to health care, especially adolescent and youth girls, women and Transgender.

About the Eligibility

Frida and Edita Sisters Awards nomination is open for individuals, including self-nomination, working at the community level and for those who are operating at national and international levels in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

The nomination should provide specific examples explaining how the nominee has demonstrated long-term commitment to work having a direct impact on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, Public, Health, Gender Equality and human rights issues, and illustrating the relevance of the nominee’s work to marginalized individuals and communities living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis

EKHN Secretariat and advisory committee, composed of individual experts on Public Health and Gender Equality, will select the award recipients based on the following criteria:

  • Practical work linking Public Health, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis and Gender Equality issues;
  • Relevance of work to the Key Populations and communities living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis;
  • Potential for award to strengthen nominee’s work;
  • Potential for award to enhance visibility and public awareness of issue the nominee is addressing.

About Submission

Frida and Edita Sisters Awards nominations must be submitted in Russian and should include:

  • A CV or a biography or a link to your Facebook profile
  • In case of nomination by an organization – Nomination letter with clear statement explaining why the nominee should be considered for this award (maximum two pages);
  • In case of self-nomination – Motivation letter with clear statement explaining why your candidacy should be considered for this award (maximum two pages);
  • One letter of support from individuals or organizations familiar with the nominee’s contribution (optional, but encouraged).

Please submit your applications to EKHN Secretariat at: badalyan@aph.org.ua

All submissions must be received before 5 p.m. CET on Friday, August 14, 2017.

In 2017, there will be seven Frida and Edita Sisters Awards Winners, one per eligible countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. All winners will receive a certificate, trophy and an opportunity to participate in The 2nd Eurasian Gender Academy 2017 (EKHN will cover all participation related costs, including travel, accommodation, meal, etc.)

About the Second Eurasian Gender Academy 2017

The 2nd Eurasian Gender Academy 2017 will be held on 19–23 November,  2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. This event is conducted in the framework of RCNF-funded Project “Eastern European Regional Platform for Accelerated Action for Women, Girls and Transgender in in HIV/AIDS Context”. The main objective of this initiative is to contribute to gendering Public Health for Key populations by:

  1. Integrating gender analysis into assessment, programme design, implementation and monitoring of organizational and national public health responses and strategies;
  2. Strengthening the capacity of participants to systemically integrate and apply gender sensitive, gender oriented, gender budgeted, gender transforming programs, services and activities at organizational and national levels;
    – Ensuring inclusion of gender aspects in funding appeals and proposals;
  3. Developing and implementing gender-responsive advocacy and lobby.

For all question on Frida and Edita Sisters Awards and The 2nd Eurasian Gender Academy 2017, please contact EKHN Executive Director, Karen Badalyan at Badalyan@aph.org.ua