Vote now! Call for participation on equality

Until April 12th, 2020 participants were able to submit their contributions on the subject of equality in the course of our call for participation. The topic was deliberately kept open, as equality has many dimensions and spans a wide range of areas of life. Five entries were selected from all submissions*, from which the community then has chosen the winning story.

The winning story will be visualized in a professionally drawn comic strip that will soon be published on the Alumniportal.


The winning story has been announced!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our call for participation on equal rights and opportunities. We really appreciate the effort you put into your work!

After voting the community voting, the following story has won and will soon be published as a comic on the Alumniportal Deutschland:

Rajeswari Namagiri: The story of the people of Sundhi Kateni

To the comic

The following stories have made it into the race (voting below):

Elisabed Chachava

Title/ Topic: Essay on equality

Language of submission: German

Place of origin: Georgia

"I would heartily wish that equality should be a matter of course for everyone all over the world."

In her essay, Elisabed Chachava examines the current situation of equality in Georgia and also provides historical insights into social developments in her home country.

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Handoko Suwono

Title/ Topic: Bridging Biaro

Language of submission: English

Place of origin: Indonesia

„The village that I stayed in has a population of 3000 people and it is the largest of five villages in the island. Electricity is only available in the evening from 6pm to 2am. There is only one telecom provider, no bank or ATM, there are no hotels, no restos (not even a small one) and no police station."

Handoko Suwono had the opportunity to visit the small island of Biaro in Sulawesi, Indonesia. In his contribution, he reflects on how life can be improved in this remote region.

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Rajeswari Namagiri

Title/ Topic: The story of the people of Sundhi Kateni

Language of submission: English

Place of origin: India

„Way back in 1998, in Odisha, a state in the eastern coast of India, there was a fire mishap in a small remote village, far away from the city. It gutted most of the houses. Why could the fire be not extinguished in time?“

In her story, Rajeswari Namagiri tells why water stands for life and how an NGO and a village council campaigned for equality and justice in a small Indian village.

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Prof. Dr. Aruna Dhathathreyan

Title/ Topic: Promoting equity and inclusion: A Chennai teacher’s experience

Language of submission: English

Place of origin: India

„By teaching to such high-need group of girls, I have realised that not only am I an agent of change, I also get to support my students in becoming agents of change – something some of my own teachers did for me.“

Prof. Dr. Aruna Dhathathreyan has established a summer program for girls at her institute in which - supported by a scholarship - they acquire important knowledge for their professional and personal development.

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Dr. Maria Bostenaru Dan

Title/ Topic: Women in architecture

Language of submission: German

Place of origin: Romania

"In addition to association work, I also scientifically examined pioneers of modern architecture. Before I started having projects, I published two articles: Virginia Haret, the first architect in Romania, and women as leading figures in fairy tales from Romania and Germany. ”

Dr. Maria Bostenaru volunteered early on. Among other things, she put her scientific focus on women in architecture and makes female role models visible.

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*The selection of contributions is based on our conditions of participation.

March 2020