International Day of the Girl: #Future40 Competition

Welsh Women’s Aid launches competition to empower girls to challenge sexism and speak out against harassment and abuse on International Day of the Girl

In celebration of International Day of the Girl, Welsh Women’s Aid (WWA) is launching a blog/vlog competition to empower girls and young women across Wales to challenge sexism and to speak out against harassment and abuse. Global campaigns, such as #MeToo and #EverydaySexism have called out the experiences of women and girls of harassment, abuse and violence around the world.

In 2018, Welsh Women’s Aid turned 40. To mark this, we’ve launched #FUTURE40, a campaign that looks at how we can end violence against women in Wales over the next forty years – and we want to hear from you!

Violence against women and girls includes domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault, sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, so-called honour crimes, forced marriage and sexual harassment.

Violence against women and girls is a cause and consequence of gender inequality. It is not inevitable and it can be prevented.

This competition is an opportunity for girls and young women to be part of the conversations happening nationally and internationally to call out harassment and abuse and campaign to end violence against women and girls.

In recognition of the theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force”, the winner or winners of the blog/vlog competition will be invited to share her/their content at a Welsh Women’s Aid event, providing the opportunity for networking and cultivating presentation and public speaking skills.

Get involved

  • Do you want to speak up for women and girls?
  • Are you fed up with sexism and want to call it out?
  • Do you want to change the world and help create gender equality?
  • Do you think everyone has the right to live free from harassment and abuse?

Welsh Women’s Aid would like to invite girls and young women aged 14-25 to submit a 500 word blog or a 60-90 second vlog on what they would like to happen to challenge sexism, inequality and stereotypes.

Need an idea? You could cover one of the following subjects;

  • A feminist future – What would you like the world to look like for women and girls in forty years’ time?
  • Freedom from fear – What a world with no harassment and abuse would look like.
  • Ending sexism – What you think needs to happen to make this a reality?

You can enter independently or as part of a group.

The competition will close on 8 November 2018 at midnight.

Entries can be sent via email or WeTransfer to [email protected]


Terms and Conditions

  • Confidentiality and safeguarding

The personal data of the entrant and, where relevant parent or guardian, will only be used in order to inform the entrant and parent or guardian if they are a winning entry. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted. Entries will not be returned so please remember to keep a copy.

Welsh Women’s Aid can confirm your or your parent or guardians contact details will not be shared with any external agencies. However under the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014, if Welsh Women’s Aid has reasonable cause to suspect that a child is at risk we must inform the local authority of that fact.

A “child at risk” is a child who is experiencing or is at risk of abuse, neglect or other kinds of harm and has need for care and support.

Abuse means physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial abuse. Neglect means a failure to meet a person’s basic physical, emotional, social or psychological needs, which is likely to result in an impairment of the person’s well-being. Harm means abuse or the impairment of (a) physical or mental health, or (b) physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development.

When a child at risk has been reported, the local authority shall make, or cause to be made, such enquiries as they consider necessary to enable them to decide whether they should take any action to safeguard or promote the child’s welfare under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989.

  • Age restrictions and parental consent

The competition is open to 14-25 year olds. You must be between the ages of 14 and 25 years old on or before the 11th October 2018 to enter.

If you are under the age of 18 years old on entering parent or guardian consent will be required to enter the competition. Approval will be sort for all winners that are under the age of 18 years old. Please submit the Parental/Guardian Consent Form along with your submission. If we do not receive parental consent we will not be able to consider the entry.

  • Girls and Young Women

This competition is open to girls and young women as self-defined.

  • Awarding decision

Welsh Women’s Aid decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into about the winner selection. Welsh Women’s Aid reserves the right to withdraw entrants and winners if it deems it necessary.

Participants can withdraw their entry up to the day before 20th November 2018.