Annual Essay Contest

Harvard GlobalWE Essay Contest offers global student perspectives.


In 2015, Harvard GlobalWE, launched its annual essay contest at the Beaconhouse School in Islamabad, Pakistan.  In 2016, we have expanded the contest to schools in Germany and Turkey, with the goal of providing inspiration and encouragement to students who engage in topics relating to global women's rights and freedoms. Our contest will allow us to build a library of student perspectives from around the world, inspiring others to learn about and help women and girls who face daily challenges which define their communities, but not their aspirations.  


For our second annual Harvard GlobalWE Essay Contest, we invited students to respond to the question,


What is the biggest challenge facing women and girls in your country today?”  


GlobalWE received numerous submissions and selected Sadaf Tausif, Benedicta Anning, Elif Hamutcu, and Armanc Kesser's submissions as winning essays.  Winners have received an award certificate and the book, in recognition.  Their submissions are featured on our site.  Please read the essays by clicking the links below:


2016 National Contest Winners

Pakistan: Sadaf Tausif

Germany: Benedicta Anning

Turkey: Elif Hamutcu & Armanc Kesser

2016 Honorable Mentions

Pakistan: Alisa Hyat

              Ayesha Zaman

              Amna Tariq 

Germany: Sara Moerchen

2016 Essay Submissions


Acelya Kizgin

Armanac Keser

Aybuke Ekiz

Bilage Tayyer

Can Taktakoglu

Deniz Urey

Ece Kizmaz

Ege Ozguroglu

Elif Hamutcu

Emine Sahine

Emir Kirdan

Ezgi Okutan

Gizem Dogan

Gokce Guven

Huseyin Yanik

Inci Anali

Kaan Erdem

Nazdar Ayzit

Nisan Sele

Nehir Sahinoglu

Ekin Omer

Ratip Berker

Selen Onculoglu

Sezin Erkalp

Ulgen Yildirim

Zeynep Kzzmaz


Amina Noor

Mahnoor Yousaf

Maryam Zahid 

Nabilhah Rizwan

Naveen Khan

Wania Ismail


Arthur Betke

Emily Jacumin

Nora Graichem

2015 Contest Winner

Zoonia Tahir 

"Patriarchy in Pakistan" 

2015 Contest Submissions 
Abdullah Iftikhar
"The Hypocrite"
Rabia Khan 
Safia Khan
"Women as Citizens of Pakistan"
Sabeeh Mirza
"Allow Women to Dream" 
Hyiam Muhammad
"Education, the Ultimate Weapon" 
Fatima Rehan
"Indispensable Aberration"