Blogging Guidelines & Approval Process
Thank you for submitting a blog post to the ANNISAA Organization of Canada! We appreciate your interest and look forward to sharing your insights with our friends and supporters.
What We Are Seeking
The ANNISAA is committed to amplifying a diverse range of voices from across Canada and will consider all posts that relate to our areas of work, including:
- Ending violence against Muslim women
- Perceptions around sexual assault, victim-blaming, sexual and street harassment, domestic violence, sex trafficking, support for survivors, how to talk to teens about healthy relationships
- Helping Muslim women move out of poverty
- Women in skilled trades, entrepreneurship, the gender wage gap, relative poverty
- Empowering Muslim girls and youth
- Impact of sexualization and objectification in media and advertising, encouraging girls and youth to get involved in mentoring, building their confidence
- Supporting inclusive leadership
- Creating inclusive workplaces, the importance of positive role-models, efforts to amplify Muslim women’s voices
- Building the first generation to experience gender equality
- Experiences of sexism, gender-based discrimination, feminist analysis, why you donate to support Muslim women and girls in Canada, personal growth and understanding of gender equality issues
We encourage guest authors to include links to relevant news articles, information and statistics on the topic they are writing about. All images submitted must be on-topic and include proper attribution. Posts must be issue-based and not promotional in nature.
- Make the article useful to the readers – offer tips, advice or insight into a complicated area of work.
- Share a story from your life – either a personal experience or an experience that impacted you.
- Offer a fresh angle – a point of view you don’t often read online or hear in conversation.
- Keep it informal – write as you talk. Pretend you are talking to your sister/mother/friend.
- Keep it simple – use short paragraphs, headings or bullet points to make the post easier to read.
- Think about your headline – this can be the difference between a blog post being read or ignored.
- Give readers something to do – it could be to read something else, comment, apply a lesson, share the post, etc.
- Offer practical information – help readers understand a complicated issue or address similar challenges. This doesn’t need to be a bullet point list of tips, just information or advice that readers can apply to their own understanding.
- Provide original, personal, and honest work – this means your post has never before been published anywhere, including your own blog. You are free to post on your own blog after publication and with a link to the ANNISAA’s blog.
- Make your post different than others already on the site – many posts cover similar ideas, and that’s okay! Share your own story and experiences to help differentiate your post from others.
- Word Count – Blog posts must be a maximum of 750 words and a minimum of 250 words (500 words is ideal).
- Images – You are encouraged to submit your own image or an image with proper attribution, but if an image is not submitted the Foundation will use a stock image or illustration.
- Bio – Please submit a 1-3 line biography that provides context as to who you are, as well as a photo of yourself. If you are not comfortable submitting a photo, please let us know and we will select an avatar to accompany your post.
- Format – Blog posts must be submitted in Microsoft Word format to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval and scheduling.
Review and Approval Process
The ANNISAA Organization of Canada reserves the right to review for appropriate content and edit for spelling, grammar and clarity. We may make grammatical changes, minor edits, title changes and other suggestions. If a post needs improvement, we will return it to you with suggestions for your review.
Publishing a blog post will be done at the discretion of the ANNISAA Organization of Canada. The Organization reserves the right to decline any post that is not relevant to our work, contains materials contradictory to the beliefs of the organization, is promotional in nature, or that otherwise contravenes the guidelines above. After a post is approved, it will be added to the posting schedule and authors will be notified when the post is published. Please note that it may take a few weeks for posts to appear live on the site.
Posts accepted for publication may be shared through other ANNISAA Organization of Canada distribution channels, such as social media or the e-newsletter.
No payment will be involved for guest content.