School of Leadership (SoL) is accepting applications for its Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge to create solutions that will support the three key pillars of Generation Unlimited: secondary-age education; skills for learning, employability and decent work; and empowerment, with a focus on girls.
The contest will engage young people around Pakistan in the design of solutions that have the potential to scale and create significant improvements to empower and promote participation of women through innovative solutions to improve menstrual hygiene management for women and girls in their communities. Keeping in view the principles of Human Centered Design (HCD), the contest will be designed with and for youth and it seeks to engage marginalized youth, recognizing the insight, experience, and talent they can offer.
Successful applicants will be invited to take part in a Human Centered Design Bootcamp in Islamabad at the end of November. Following the workshops, the five most promising ideas will be selected and awarded up to USD 1,000 in funding and provided with mentoring and implementation support.
In spring 2019, the most promising projects in each country will be submitted to a global judging process, which will identify five projects, which could have the greatest impact on young people. These projects will receive a further USD 20,000 investment, along with a tailored mentorship programme from Generation Unlimited partners to support them to scale.
Challenge winners will have the opportunity to engage with diverse stakeholders working on menstrual hygiene from both the public and private sector by presenting their ideas and concepts to a panel of experts. Their ideas will be profiled on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and live webinars through Google Hangouts. They will also benefit from mentorship sessions as well as interactive sessions with other challenge winners.
The focus of the challenge in Pakistan
IMPROVING MENSTRUAL HYGIENE MANAGEMENT FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS:
Adolescent girls in Pakistan are often unaware or unprepared for the onset of menstruation (menarche). This is mostly due to a culture of silence surrounding women’s reproductive health issues of which menstruation is a part. This lack of preparation, knowledge, and poor hygienic practices during menstruation have negative impacts on girls’ self-esteem and personal development. It also affects their education as they often miss school because of shame or lack of adequate facilities to manage their period. In addition to schools lacking proper hygiene facilities, teachers are often not prepared to respond to girls’ need for information.
The challenge is open to Pakistani nationals aged between 14-24.
How to Apply
Young people who wish to apply are encouraged to form teams and submit an application. Applications can also be submitted via email at the address given on the website.
Note: Applicants must submit a 30s to 1m video along with the standard application to give additional information about their motivation to apply for the contest and the passion behind creating solutions to solve the youth’s problems. The video can be anything from a look into how applicants worked on their idea to what drives them to propose solutions to the problems of Pakistan’s youth.
Deadline: 16 November 2018
For more information, please visit Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge.