Call for Nominations: Peter Gillespie Social Justice Award

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 The Peter Gillespie Award is announced at the 2016 edition of Inter Pares' annual Speakers Series in Ottawa.Credit: Guillaume Charbonneau

Do you know a Canadian organization whose work has a positive and innovative impact on women’s rights?

Help shine a light on this organization’s great work by nominating them for the Peter Gillespie Social Justice Award.

Announced in 2016 and launched in 2017, this award is a tribute to the social justice legacy of Peter Gillespie by honouring Canadian organizations working for social justice in Canada or internationally.

We have chosen this year to honour an organization whose work contributes to promoting women’s rights.

The recipient organization will be invited to Ottawa for an exchange with Inter Pares on advocacy and networking strategies, including:

  • travel and accommodation expenses for five days in Ottawa (if the recipient organization is not based in the national capital region) for two representatives of the recipient organization;
  • a public speaking opportunity following the presentation of the award at Inter Pares' annual Speaker Series event on April 24, 2017, which will feature a reading of SEVEN, a documentary play about women’s rights;
  • meetings with MPs and Senators and/or their staff, depending on availability;
  • meetings in Ottawa with women’s rights organizations working nationally and internationally;
  • meetings with Inter Pares staff members to exchange ideas and mutual support related to organizational management, fundraising, and advocacy;
  • sharing of the recipient organization’s publications and events through Inter Pares communications channels over a six-month period.

Inter Pares is very excited to get acquainted with the inspiring work of the recipient organization and to learn from their experience. As always in our work, the learning journey is mutual.

We invite you to submit a nomination, and not to miss this incredible opportunity to raise the profile of an exceptional Canadian organization that you know.

Who was Peter?                                                                     

Over the twenty-five years that Peter worked for Inter Pares (1985-2010), he brought his passion, courage, talent, and deep commitment to social justice to many issues and struggles around the world. Most notable among these were his years of collaboration with civil society organizations in Bangladesh, building movements for food sovereignty, landless rights, and democracy; his challenge to population control measures and discourse, exposing their racist and anti-poor underpinnings, and supporting the dismantlement of coercive programs; his relentless promotion of human rights in Burma, including raising millions of dollars to support refugees and displaced people; his solidarity with sugarworkers in the Philippines, who succeeded in transforming a feudal system and gaining rights to their land; his work in drawing public and government attention to the consequences of massive capital flight and tax evasion from developing countries into the global financial system. Throughout, he was also a staunch ally and supporter of women’s struggles for justice and autonomy, both in Canada and abroad.

Nomination Criteria

The organization being nominated must:

  • have a total budget of approximately $500,000 or less
  • be a Canadian organization or group whose work includes the promotion of women’s rights
  • not be an existing Inter Pares counterpart

Nominations deadline

The deadline for nominations is March 20th, 2017. The nomination form is available on our website.

Selection process

A selection committee of four people will analyze the nominations received and verify eligibility. The choice of the selection committee will be based on an analysis of the organization’s impact, innovation, community engagement, and leadership.

Please contact Inter Pares staff members Mariétou Diallo and Jack Hui Litster if you have any questions.

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