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February 23, 2011 - ,

Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria takes a stand against discrimination and homophobia in all forms

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In line with BNP Paribas’ global commitment to fighting discrimination and promoting diversity, Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria organizes an essay contest for high-school students called “The Others beside Me”. The aim of the initiative is to raise awareness of prejudice and discrimination and promote understanding and respect toward all members of society. The three best essays will receive special awards.

BNP Paribas places particular priority on fighting all forms of discrimination and promoting equal opportunities for people, regardless of their origin, age, disability or gender. For many years now BNP Paribas has been committed to openness and diversity through various projects: Project Banlieues, the Parenthood Charter, the Train for Employment and Equal Opportunities, the “Mix City” initiative set up to facilitate the inclusion of women in senior management positions, etc.

National High School Essay Contest
Organized by Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria

Subject of the essay: “The others beside me”
Purpose: Against ethnical discrimination and homophobia in all forms
Essay requirements: Up to 10 000 symbols or 5 standard pages (handwritten works will be also accepted).
Eligible participants: High-school students from 8th to 12th grade
Awards: 1st place – 500 BGN (€ 250); 2nd place – 300 BGN(€ 150); 3rd place – 100 BGN (€ 50)
Bilyana Kurtasheva – Literary Critique, Theory of Literature and Creative Writing Lecturer at the New Bulgarian University;
Marin Bodakov – Poet, Editor of “Kultura” newspaper, Publicism and Critic Lecturer at the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”;
Nadezhda Radulova – Poet, Translator, Chief Editor of “Altera” Publishing House.
Deadline for submitting of essays: 1st May 2011

Essays are to be sent as attached files accompanied by a short introduction of the author (name, location, school, grade and contact data) via e-mail address or post address: 2, Tzar Osvoboditel, Blvd., Sofia 1000, BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch (for the contest “The others beside me”).

Questions can be sent via e-mail address or via post to the above mentioned address.
Results will be announced at a special ceremony organized by Foundation BNP Paribas. Awarded essays will be published.

Read the Bulgarian version here (108 ko)
About BNP Paribas in Bulgaria
BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch is a commercial and investment bank in Bulgaria. It serves large and medium-sized corporate and institutional clients, spanning the major sectors in the economy. They benefit from a full range of commercial and investment bank services as well as from customer-tailored financial solutions with strong advisory components. BNP Paribas has been present in Bulgaria since 1994. It is also present on the Bulgarian market with its life and credit insurance activities through “Cardif Bulgaria.” Apart from this, BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leading consumer crediting company in Bulgaria.

About Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria
In order to formally consolidate and reinforce its longstanding engagement to development of corporate philanthropy programs in the country, BNP Paribas Bulgaria has launched in the end of 2010 a local foundation. The Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria was created in close cooperation with the BNP Paribas Foundation – the corner stone of the Group’s philanthropy initiatives for the past 25 years. The newly established entity will structure BNP Paribas’ projects in Bulgaria and strengthen current programs.
The aim of the newly created Foundation is to contribute to Bulgaria’s social and cultural development through strong and long-term partnerships not only in the areas of social inclusion, education, culture and environment.