Annual Essay Contest

The Harvard GlobalWE Essay Contest shares global student perspectives


Read essays from high school students around the world who are inspiring others to learn about and help women and girls who face daily challenges that often define their communities, but not their aspirations. We invited students to respond to the question,


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


Pakistan Contest - 2015

Patriarchy in Pakistan

by Zoonia Tahir - *Contest Winner*


The Hypocrite

by Abdullah Iftikhar


Our Illusive Freedom

by Natasha Khan



by Rabia Khan


Women as Citizens of Pakistan

by Shafa Khan


Allow Women to Dream

by Sabeeh Mirza


Education, the Ultimate Weapon

by Hayiam Muhammad


Indispensable Aberration

by Fatima Rehan



History of the Annual Essay Contest

In 2015, Harvard GlobalWE launched its annual essay contest at the Beaconhouse School in Islamabad, Pakistan. In 2016, we 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.