[community] Fwd: Please Share - Call for Nominations - 2020/2021 UNESCO/Kuwait Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

Jutta Treviranus jtreviranus at ocadu.ca
Tue Jul 28 15:55:48 UTC 2020

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Subject: Please Share - Call for Nominations - 2020/2021 UNESCO/Kuwait Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
Date: July 28, 2020 at 11:41:53 AM EDT
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Dear colleagues and partners,
We are very pleased to share with you the Call for Nominations 2020-2021 for the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities that is now open!
The aim of the Prize is to reward the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations that promote inclusion and the enhancement of the lives of persons with disabilities in society through the effective, innovative and inclusive application of digital solutions, including an immediate response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please find all information about the Prize here: https://en.unesco.org/news/call-nominations-2020-2021-unescoemir-jaber-al-ahmad-al-jaber-al-sabah-prize-digital
   In addition, candidates and organizations are asked in 2020 to share their stories of empowerment and success on the new online platform “Story for Development<https://story4development.org/>”, to mainstream a shift of perspective on disability-issues.

UNESCO has launched a project titled "Story for Development" which invites persons with disabilities from all over the world to tell and share their stories in order to identify and to explore the enabling factors and facilitators for persons with disabilities around the world to be empowered and what supported them in their efforts. This project aims to demonstrate before government authorities, legislators, decision-makers, and key stakeholders that persons with disabilities from all age groups and backgrounds can be and often are ‘empowered,’ active agents, and contributing members to society. In other words, the online platform aims to mainstream a shift of perspective on disability-issues, demonstrating that removing barriers to participation can enable persons with disabilities to achieve their potential and contribute to development.

Evaluating and defining what ‘empowerment’ involves varies contextually and in connection to multiple factors, UNESCO developed a comprehensive methodology to identify and to explore the enabling factors for persons with disabilities to be empowered, as well as the common barriers encountered. Different ‘Categories of achievements’ have been identified, including education, laws, policies, institutions, accessible communication, healthcare, and rehabilitative services, advocacy, etc., to gather statistical information for the consideration of governments, policy-makers, and other decision-makers.

We invite you all to disseminate this Call for Nominations to the Prize, as well as for Contributions to the collection of stories or empowerment of persons with disabilities among your organizations and partners.  The collection of stories will constitute an essential set of case studies and data from persons with disabilities to develop informed policies and encourage community action. The platform has a forum tool and promotes the creation of an online community of collaboration identifying common barriers and facilitators for inclusion.

The online platform “Story for Development” is created by UNESCO and supported by the Nippon Foundation. The link is:https://story4development.org/

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at this email address. We hope to publish and share as many stories as possible from all over the world, helping the United Nations, UNESCO, its partners, and decision-makers to build new data for more inclusive public policies.

Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.

With kind regards,

Theresia M. Lippitsch


Theresia M. Lippitsch
Universal Access to Information Section
Communication and Information Sector

United Nations
Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization
7, place de Fontenoy
F-75352 Paris 07 SP
Mail: t.lippitsch at unesco.org<mailto:t.lippitsch at unesco.org>
Tel: +33 1 456 8 0483

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