ETUCE call for 2021 nominations to the Kounka Damianova Award now open!


For the second time, since its creation in 2018, the call for nominations to the ETUCE Kounka Damianova Award is open. ETUCE is calling all its members to send their nominations by 1 February 2022. The Kounka Damianova Award is given every four years at the ETUCE Special Conference to an ETUCE union member for their outstanding engagement in trade union work in the field of education and the promotion of equality. In 2018 it was shared between and awarded to Ms Maia Kobakhidze (ESFTUG, Georgia) and Ms Zulkhiya Nozakova (TUESRT, Tajikistan).

The award is given in honour of Kounka Damianova, who was the International Secretary of one of ETUCE’s Bulgarian member organisations. For many years Kounka was the Chair of the ETUCE Standing Committee for Equality and a ETUCE Bureau member before then; a true European spirit, very engaged in supporting the member organisations in the Central Eastern European countries and in bringing the Western world and the Eastern European world together.

This award is given for special engagement using a new and innovative approach; a long-standing and continuous engagement in the union work in - among others - the following fields: gender equality and women rights, integration and social inclusion, democratic citizenship, combating extremism, young trade unionists, capacity-building of trade unions; exchange, cooperation and cross-border engagement, peace education, etc.; and a successful initiative that is in process with a sustainable approach, out-reaching to unions in the involved countries.

ETUCE’s member organisations can send their nominations for this award to the ETUCE Secretariat by 1 February 2022.

The receiver of the award should be a trade union member of one of ETUCE’s member organisations and the call is open to all education trade union members regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin, religion, special needs or geographic origin.

The award recipient shall be invited to the July 2022 ETUCE Special Conference as well as to the gala dinner. A prize certificate, as well as a 10,000 € contribution will be granted to the awarded initiative. The rules for nomination and selection procedure can be found HERE in the call for nominations.

Call for nominations

Nomination form