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Advocates Award

The Tawm Tsam and Ntuj Tshiab Emerging Advocates Awards were created in 2021 to highlight and honor folx from culturally specific organizations in WI who have demonstrated a commitment to ending gender based violence within their organization and the greater WI community. Awardees are selected by a committee of Hmong advocates.   

 

Folx with organizations who are members of  the Wisconsin Hmong Family Strengthening Helpline are encouraged to nominate or self nominate using the Online Nomination Form. Submission are due by Tuesday, October 5th, 2021. 

Purpose

To recognize advocates who have demonstrated impact in ending gender based violence in WI and to honor their contribution in the fight for gender justice, queer justice, and social and racial justice. The award will highlight their advocacy work and inspire others as they work to end gender based violence.

Eligibility 

To Be Nominated

  1. At least 3 years of advocacy work for the Tawm Tsam Award

  2.  Two or less years of advocacy work for the Ntuj Tshiab Award

  3. In definition, an advocate consider eligible for this award must be:

  • a volunteer that has provided support to their organization in one of the areas as described in the Selection Criteria.​

  • a paid staff within an organization providing culturally specific victim services and/or a gender/social/racial justice organization that has made an impact as described in the Selection Criteria. 

  • admin staff within an organization that provides culturally specific victim services and/or a gender/social/racial justice organization that has made an impact as described in the Selection Criteria. 

  1. Is from a member organization of the Wisconsin Hmong Strengthening Helpline​

  2. Be nominated or self nominated by completing the Online Submission Form.

Selection Criteria

Tawm Tsam Award

Tawm Tsam is strong and resilient, words describing the tenacity, bravery, and strength of someone who has demonstrated impact in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Addressing gender-based violence and has gone above and beyond in their role expectations. 

  • Advancing gender justice, queer justice, and/or social and racial justice through their actions, through their work and organization and/or in their personal life. 

  • Expanding and/or creating opportunities for womyn, girls and LGBTQIA+ folx and young people.

 

Ntuj Tshiab Emerging Advocate Award

Ntuj Tshiab is creating new worlds in which we want to live and thrive in. They are committed to the liberation of womyn, girls and LGBTQIA+ folx and young people and have demonstrated impacts in one of the following area:

  • Dedicated to addressing gender-based violence.

  • Committed and invested to growth and learning.

  • Attended at least one series of the Black and Brown Womyn Power Coalition's WI Womyn Training Institute training. A series is all of the following training: LGBTQIA 101, LGBTQIA Advance, Foundation to Gender Based Violence and Sexual Assault Capacity Building for Hmong Programs. 

Online Nomination & Deadline

Advocates may be nominated or self nominate for one of the award categories (Advocate of the Year or Emerging Advocate Award).  Nomination must include a written statement or video/audio recording detailing their advocacy work and how their efforts impacted change and/or inspired others through one or more of the Selection Criteria above (1 page limit or 2 minute max video/audio).

Completed nomination are due by Tuesday, October 5th, 2021. Awardees will be announced at the Annual Hmong Womyn Courage Banquet on Saturday, October, 23rd, 2021.