Call For Nominations: 2011 Sepas Award

Posted by Shofi Fida Wednesday, July 27, 2011 0 comments
The Sepas Award honours an organization or an individual whose work has made a significant contribution toward securing the full enjoyment of the human rights of queer communities that subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, anywhere in the world. Deadline for nominations: August 10, 2011.
The award will be announced every year on August 30th in commemoration of Saviz Shafaei’s birthday, the first Iranian gay activist who died from cancer in 2000.
With the Sepas Award, we seeks to publicly recognize the courage and activism of grassroots groups and individuals working under the most challenging conditions in pursuit of human rights for queers irrespective of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. We seek nominations for organizations and individuals from all regions of the world and from as wide a range of communities as possible, particularly from communities with limited access to movement-building resources and support like Iranians.
Award Criteria
In reviewing the candidates, the following criteria will be considered:
a) Demonstrated leadership and a record of outstanding achievements in the field of Queer Activism, Cultural, Art, Media, Writing and Science.
b) Practical work in the field and in difficult circumstances
c) Potential impact of the award in supporting and strengthening candidates' work in the future
Sepas's Board of Directors will make a final decision regarding the award after consulting its senior advisor. The Board of Directors typically announces its decision on August 30th of each year.
Nomination Process
Please be sure to answer all questions on the nomination form. Sepas nominations should be submitted online by August 10th 2011 in order to qualify for the 2011 award. If you submit your nomination after August 10th, we will file your nomination for consideration in the next yearly cycle. Nominations may be made by anyone, including the nominees themselves. Due to limited resources, nominations must be submitted in English or Persian.

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