Thursday, January 14, 2010

Youth Essay Contest: "We Can Change..."

Thanks to YB Sim Tze Tzin for sharing on this.

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of CEDAW

We Can Change...

Youth Essay Contest

Citizenship Campaign Tripoli

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?

We 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? Submityour short, original essay for the chance to win valuable prizes and to get published on the WLP website!

To enter, email your completed essay to with the author's name, age, country, and email address. Please write "Essay Contest" in the subject line.

Deadline for Entries: January 31, 2010

  • First Prize: Netbook (worth $500)
  • Second Prize: iPhone or iPod (worth $250)
  • Third Prize: Flip Video Camera (worth $150)

Additional outstanding essays will be published online on WLP's blog Our Vision and Our Voices.

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  • Essays must be original, unpublished work.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.



Samantha Chow said...

Thanks for the information! I might consider joining this :)

Keefe said...

I'm not 18 /sighh

4seasonspring said...

Keefe, you should have adopt to "don't care, just write".

Quoted from WLP official website:

Essay Contest Finalists: Group 1, Ages 14-18

Posted on 19 February 2010 by wlp

Almost immediately after we announced the youth essay contest to celebrate the 30th anniversary of CEDAW, there were numerous requests/suggestions to expand the age group to include contestants in the 14-18 age group. Bowing to this popular demand, we have decided to create a separate group (yay!) and add another to-be-determined prize (double yay!).

4seasonspring said...

By the way chenchow, thank you very much for the sharing.

I find writing the essay for this contest very fulfilling for me, not because of the prizes offer, but because I am writing as to contribute my small effort towards gender equality. ;)Not to mention I found more new sources for my Social Studies subject, particularly on the topic of gender equality in the process.

Thank you!

Chen Chow said...

Thanks for the info, 4seasonspring.

Great that you are taking part and also able to contribute to the cause.

If you come across any opportunity that youths could benefit, do let me know, and I'll post it too!

4seasonspring said...

The result for Group 2 has already been announced, and it's an honour to announce that Malaysia has a finalist, Shi Min T.=)

Do check it out here. Spread the news and support her by droppping your valuable comments here.

Thanks in advanced.

Chen Chow said...

Thanks for sharing on it.

Congrats, Shi Min!