Open Call for Nominations for the Second European Democratic Citizenship Awards
The European Civic Forum celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2015 and within the framework of this special jubilee it launched the European Democratic Citizenship Awards. The main aim of these Awards is to encourage citizens’ engagement. The 2015 Awards ceremony will be hosted by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 22nd October in the light of the 10th anniversary activities.
Following the pattern of last year, civil society stakeholders and initiatives that buid up a democratic citizenship focusing on real impact on their communities at the local, regional, national or European level can apply for the call.
The European Civic Forum supports the European democratic citizenship based on the vision of the Council of Europe, which:
-Includes all segments of life in a democratic society concerning topics such as education, culture, sustainable development, non-discrimination, inclusion of ethnic minorities, participation in society of people with disabilities, gender equality including the equal representation of women and men in decision making, etc;
-Ensures that citizens and their organisations and movements, including the most disadvantaged groups, can be involved in the life of their communities and the forming of public policies at all levels, from local to the European.
To promote the values mentioned above, four awards will be rewarded:
1. The “Citizens’ campaign of the year” Award aims at supporting raising-awareness or advocacy campaigns which occurred in 2014, with a strong impact on community’s life or on public decisions;
2. The “NGO of the year” Award recompenses organisations which made a significant action towards the promotion of European values;
3. The “Personality of the year” Award is given to individuals who had an outstanding contribution to democratic life and to the development of a community or a cause;
4. The “Media initiative of the year” Award, rewarding participatory initiatives by, for and with citizens who played an active part in reinforcing participation, relaying information and developing the civic space. A particular attention will be paid to initiatives promoting freedom of expression and freedom of media.
The deadline for participation is 31 August 2015
The process of application and all other relevant instructions can be found on the website of the European Democratic Citizenship Awards