Blog4Dev; What Will It Take to End Gender Based Violence in Your Country?

Now in its 4th year, the Blog4Dev series is a writing competition in which young people compete and submit written solutions on a topical challenge. It tests creativity, innovation, and looks for something with the potential of being scaled-up. It also helps engage youth to become integral to the development process in their countries.

The World Bank wants you to share your thoughts on Gender-Based Violence in Kenya, Rwanda, or Uganda for a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. in April 2018.

Blog4Dev; What Will It Take to End Gender-Based Violence in Your Country?

A global epidemic affecting as many as one in every three women. Gender-Based Violence is defined as serious violations not against women and girls only, but also those directed against men and boys. GBV comes in many forms physical violence, rape or other forms of sexual assault, child marriage or any type of forced marriage; female genital mutilation, human trafficking, or even denying someone basic services on the basis of their gender. Known also by its acronym, GBV knows no socio-economic or national boundaries and has a negative impact on a nation’s well-being.

To build a better, more inclusive future for everyone in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda, it is incredibly important to prevent gender-based violence.

Every opinion counts. Tell us, in no more than 500 words: what it will take to end gender-based violence in your country.


Must be a Kenyan or Rwandese or a Ugandan residing in your home country, and aged between 18-28 years.

Selection Criteria

A panel of judges made up of World Bank staff in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda will review the submissions to determine the winning entries.

The winning submissions will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Clarity
  • Practicality
  • Potential for scale-up

Blog4Dev Prizes

  1. Prize: A trip to the Washington, DC, April 20-22, 2018
  2. The top five blog submissions in each country will be published on the World Bank Nasikiliza blog and promoted in the social media channels.

Terms and Conditions

  • Submissions must be original and well-written in English or French for Rwanda. Rwanda will award two prizes, one for the best blog in English and another for the best blog in French
  • The deadline for submissions is December 22, 2017, 11:59 pm Washington DC time. Late submissions will be automatically disqualified.
  • The blog/essay length should be no more than 500 words. Longer entries will be disqualified.
  • Only one submission per entrant will be allowed.
  • The World Bank Group reserves the right to research and verify the eligibility of any entrants, and the decision of the World Bank Group shall be final.
  • By entering the Blog4Dev contest, participants agree to release the World Bank Group from any claims based on the contest and grant the World Bank Group all rights to their entry, including consent to publish their entered blog post on its website and social media channels.
  • Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from the competition. Bloggers agree to comply with and be bound by the decisions of the World Bank Group, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Blog4Dev competition.

How to Participate

  • Submit your Blog4Dev entry by December 22, 2017, here:
  • Submissions through email or mail post are not acceptable


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