Youth Essay Contest

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Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) promises women of the world their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Yet in many countries this remains an elusive dream.

How and what can we change to "ensure the equal rights of men and women to enjoy all economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights" as envisioned by the Convention?

Now invite young people around the world, especially in developing countries, to share their ideas.

What is the most important issue affecting women's lives in your country, and what solutions do you propose? Submit your short, original essay for the chance to win valuable prizes and to get published on the Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) website!

Competition Guidelines:

  • Open to young people between 18-25 years of age.

  • Winners will be asked for proof of identity, including age.

  • Essays must be original, unpublished work.

  • Essays should be between 500-1000 words, written in English.

  • By entering this competition, participants grant WLP permission to publish their essays and use them for promotional or other purposes.

  • Essays may be edited for publication and other purposes.

  • Tax obligations, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner.


  • First Prize: Netbook (worth $500)

  • Second Prize: iPhone or iPod (worth $250)

  • Third Prize: Flip Video Camera (worth $150)

    Deadline: 31st January

    For more contest information and application, see: Youth Essay Contest Website

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