Category: Open Calls


Open Call for Essays Contest ENG-ALB-SRB-.pdf

Topic: Violence against women and girls

When: 15/11/2022 - 31/12/2022

Where: Submit to: [email protected]

Organized by: Dialogue Academy (DA) Alumnae Network

If you are:

• a student or a young professional interested in gender issues and specifically in violence against women and girls;

• eager to increase academic and public knowledge in these areas;

• coming from a geographical area covered by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and OSCE Mission to Serbia;

• fluent in English or Albanian or Serbian

The DA Alumnae Network is inviting students and young professionals to research and explore gender issues, particularly violence against women and girls, through academic essays in order to foster public debate and reflections on these important topics.

Members of the DA Alumnae Network will choose the best ten essays, which will be published on social media channels of the Network as well as on the online platforms and websites of partners’ organizations from Prishtinë/Priština and Belgrade.The authors of the chosen essays will all receive prizes such as kindle,on-line courses and bookstore vouchers.

Possible topics to be explored:

1. Sexual harassment at schools,universities and/or work places – identification,protection,awareness,prevention.

2. Intimate partner violence and abuse:recognize and leave abusive relationships.

3. Online violence against women and girls and its long-term effects on the society as a whole.

4. Violence against women in media, politics and public life and its effect to the overall representation of women in decision-making positions.

5. The critical eye: identifying and understanding the effect of violence against women in literary fiction, graphic narratives,films,web series,television and/or popular culture.

6. Understanding and addressing intersectionality in violence against women and girls (women and girls belonging to minority communities,women and girls with disabilities,women and girls from rural areas,etc.)

7. Addressing the stereotypes, psychological violence and the barriers faced by women and girls entering ‘unconventional’professional fields (ex. security, science and technology,mechanic,aviation etc.)

8. The role of men and boys in achieving gender equality (raising awareness and contributing to preventing the discrimination and all forms of violence against women and girls).

Submission deadline:

Please send your essay to: [email protected] by 31/12/2022, at 11:59 p.m., Vienna Time (CET). Only one entry per person.

The submission needs to contain:

1. Short biography of the author: name, surname, date and birth place, current location, email, phone number, education (200 words maximum);

2. Essay length: Between 1,300 and 2,000 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography) with an abstract of maximum 200 words;

3. Format:MS Word Document;

4. Language:English or Albanian or Serbian.

Looking forward to reading your essays!


The DA is an annual programme organized by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and the OSCE Mission to Serbia, which brings together young women from Prishtinë/Priština and Belgrade. At the DA, participants get the opportunity to broaden their knowledge on the issues related to dialogue, peacebuilding, and women in politics by interacting and exchanging with prominent speakers and renowned professionals.After completing this programme, participants become members of the DA Alumnae Network,which currently has more than 180 members. Many young women from the Network, from both societies, have been inspired over the years by the DA to collaborate and work on solutions to shared societal problems.

The DA Alumnae Network regularly supports initiatives aimed at further promoting DA values, such as gender equality, dialogue and peacebuilding, women participation in dialogue, policy-making and decision-making processes across communities and societies.