The Esther Busser memorial prize

February 25, 2020

Do you know someone who has done outstanding work to promote social justice and decent work in the Global South?

We are looking for nominations for the Esther Busser Memorial Prize. Details of how to enter are below.

Esther Busser was a real friend of the ITF and working people in general. She died too young, aged 48, on 1 July 2019, after living with cancer for some time.

Esther’s achievements in the world of work are impressive. In recognition of this, the recent International Labour Organization (ILO) ‘Guidelines on the promotion of decent work and road safety in the transport sector’ are dedicated to her.

However, Esther expressed deep regret that there was still so much more to be done in the Majority World to advance social justice and decent work.

The Esther Busser Memorial Prize was created to add more steps to her journey in pursuit of a better world for all.

How to enter

Any person or group of persons may nominate an individual or an organization in the Global South that fight for social justice and decent work. Individuals and organizations can also nominate themselves.

An independent, three-member jury composed of former colleagues and friends of Esther will assess nominations based on the following criteria. The nominee:

  • is from the Global South
  • makes concrete advancements to social justice and decent work
  • submits evidence (or has evidence submitted on their behalf) in writing of their accomplishments (600 words maximum in English, French or Spanish)
  • demonstrates how the grant would make a difference in their life and work

Nominations and supporting materials must be received by by 31 March 2020 to be considered.

The inaugural Esther Busser Memorial Prize will be awarded on 21 April 2020 – close to Esther’s birthday – during an event at the ILO for her family, friends and colleagues to celebrate her life.

In recognition of the work Esther did for transport workers around the world, the ITF is one of the organisations that has made a financial contribution to the prize.

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