Apolitical’s Women in Government Writing Competition 2020

Open to all women working in government | Register your interest by 30 September

How can women advance their public service careers?

We have all seen the statistics. Women make up a majority in many public services around the world, but a minority in senior positions.

The reasons are numerous, but that women are less qualified is not one of them. How can we break through this statistic and get more women in leadership positions? That’s what we want you to help us answer in this prestigious writing competition.

In addition to being published on Apolitical, if your article is selected it will also feature in an upcoming online course specifically focused on sharing the best tips and ideas for women to advance their public service careers.

Possible Article Ideas:

  • Share practical tips and insights that you have used to advance your career
  • Take a deep look at the structures that prevent women from reaching senior leadership positions and offer solutions
  • Focus on the skills you see as critical for women’s career development in the public service

Why Enter?

  • Prestige – have your profile and writing featured alongside the world’s top experts
  • Career progression – impress current – or future – managers with your sharp insights and skills
  • Help others get ahead – share your tips about what’s worked for you, so others can learn from your experience
  • Access to resources – benefit from professional editing of your article and unique opportunities for networking


In addition to women in public service, we invite women in the third sector or academia who work closely with government to enter the competition. You don’t need prior writing experience to join — the only requirement is that you must have a profile on Apolitical. Entrants may remain anonymous if they wish.


  • Your article will be featured on Apolitical and promoted directly to tens of thousands of influential readers in 170 countries, including mayors, ministers and former heads of state
  • Your article will be shared across our social media networks
  • You’ll receive an official winner certificate
  • You’ll be offered professional editing and advice on your writing
  • Your article may be featured in an online course going out to several thousand public servants around the world


STEP 1: Register your interest using the buttons below by 30 September.

STEP 2: You’ll receive instructions from Apolitical about how and when to submit your 700-word article.

STEP 3: You’ll have until 15 October to submit your entry.

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