CAREC Award for Advancing Gender Equality

Submission of nomination is now closed.

The CAREC Award for Advancing Gender Equality (hereafter “the Award”) aims to recognize the efforts and achievements of women and men, as well as organizations in CAREC member countries (Azerbaijan, People’s Republic of China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) in promoting gender equality, equal rights, and opportunities in day-to-day lives, at workplace and communities. 

The awardees will serve as role models and motivate and inspire others to become gender equality champions.  


  1. Be resident nationals of a CAREC member country (Azerbaijan, People’s Republic of China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), or organizations operating in at least one of the listed CAREC member countries; 
  1. Be individuals (women or men) or organizations with demonstrated commitment and active role in promoting gender equality and equal rights and opportunities through professional and/or voluntary work 

* Nomination can be a self-nomination or nomination for others. 

Selection Criteria 

A jury will select women, men, and organizations whose actions and advocacy bring positive change and demonstrate social impact through gender-responsive practices in the workplace and communities. Examples include but are not limited to:  

  • More diverse and inclusive representation and participation in decision-making at work and community; 
  • Greater share of women in leadership positions; 
  • Improved access to decent jobs and other economic opportunities, especially for the disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of rural women and women from remote areas;  
  • More equal and just distribution of household chores. 

Preference will be given to nominees whose projects or businesses operate in more than one CAREC member country, facilitating collaboration of institutions and individuals between/among countries to implement gender equality initiatives.  

Rewards and Benefits 

Awardees will receive the following benefits: 

  • Participate in the CAREC Women’s Business Forum (WBF) in Georgia in November 2023 and the Award ceremony to be held on the margins of the CAREC Ministerial Conference 
  • Engage in a range of CAREC-organized gender events that will provide awardees with networking opportunities and a chance to learn through peer-to-peer exchange of best practices
  • Access to CAREC leadership coaching and mentorship programs 
  • Membership to the CAREC Women in Business Online Platform for networking and showcasing opportunities 

Selection Timeline 

August 1 to September 25, 2023 – Call for nominations 

September 26 to October 15, 2023 – Shortlisting process 

October 16 to November 15, 2023 – Notification of selected awardees  

November 29, 2023 – Award ceremony 


Step 1: Prepare the individual nominee’s CV or organization’s profile 

Step 2: Answer the nomination form in the language you prefer:

Nominate yourself or your own organization

Nominate another individual or organization

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