Call for Nominations: United Nations Study on Women’s Transformative Leadership and the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific has told us about an opportunity for women leaders which closes on 31 March 2017. The UNESCAP writes:

We seek nominations of projects, activities or initiatives which can provide the basis of case studies of women’s transformative leadership and its impact on implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia and the Pacific. We are keen to include a diverse representation of groups, including from youth and persons with disabilities.

These case studies will form the main basis of a regional study being conducted by the UN Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Asia and the Pacific.

The study aims to deepen understanding of the factors which encourage and constrain women’s transformative leadership across the region – and the role that governments and other actors can play in strengthening the enabling environment and addressing the barriers.

In focusing on women’s leadership, the study recognizes:

  • that transformational (beyond “business as usual”) leadership by women and men at all levels will be critical to the realization of the SDGs;
  • that women generally face greater barriers than their male counterparts in emerging and developing as leaders due to discriminatory gender norms – the gaps in research on women’s leadership in general, and women’s transformative leadership in particular.

The study will be conducted through 2017. The first step is the seeking of nominations of relevant projects, activities and initiatives to form the basis of case studies. A more detailed Background Note, summary of criteria for selection of case studies and nomination form accompany this letter.

The second stage will be the shortlisting of nominations, in line with the criteria, for further follow-up and final selection. Interviews will then be carried out with transformative women leaders and other participants in the selected projects, activities or initiatives. These will identify key lessons and insights which will form the basis of case studies, findings and recommendations in the final regional report.

We warmly invite you to nominate projects, activities or initiatives which fit the criteria, whether by self nomination or on behalf of others. The benefits in being part of the final study include the opportunity to

  • (1) showcase the work and achievements concerned;
  • (2) expand linkages with others that share a similar vision and objectives; and
  • (3) contribute to regional efforts to implement the SDGs by helping to strengthen women’s transformative leadership.

Please note that the deadline for nominations will be Friday, 31 March 2017.

You may nominate by completing the attached form, or by accessing the online form: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3421813/Initial-Nomination-Form-on-Women-s-Transformative-Leadership (See attached file: ESCAP women’s transformative leadership case study nomination form short).

In addition, please find attached the background note and criteria for case studies for your reference (See attached file: ESCAP women’s transformative leadership Background Note for nominations 20170313), (see attached file: ESCAP women’s transformative leadership case study criteria matrix 15 Feb 2017).

We would appreciate if you could disseminate this email with any networks or individuals you believe may also be interested in this initiative.

We look forward to your nominations, feedback, suggestions, questions and participation.

With thanks and best regards,

Nagesh Kumar, PhD

Director, Social Development Division

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

UN Building, Rajadamnern Nok Ave., Bangkok, Thailand

Office: +66 2 288 1505 | Fax: +66 2 288 1030

Email: nkumar@un.org

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