2017 International Girls' Health Student Writing Competition

14 Nov 2017
Seoul, Republic of Korea

The "2017 International Student Writing Competition on Girls' Health" was held on 14 November, 2017 to encourage young students to find ways to improve the health and well-being of girls from their own perspective, thereby raising awareness of its importance among youth and bringing their ideas to life. The event, co-organized by the Institute for Development & Human Security, Ewha Womans University, Ewha Global Health Institute for Girls & Women, and ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office, comprised of presentations by 12 finalists from the Asia-Pacific region including Cambodia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, and the Republic of Korea. During a roundtable session, speakers from NGOs, academia, and international organization, presented their research and case studies related to girls' health problems and provided practical solutions to solve such issues.

The list of awardees were as follows:

- First Place Awardee:
"Improvement of sexual health of Nepali girls through sexual knowledge application 'WING'" (Republic of Korea)

- Second Place Awardees:
High School Team: "Economy + Efficiency + Education = Dodam Dodam Sanitary Pads" (Republic of Korea)
University Team: "Community focused approach towards Female Genital Mutilation in Somalia" (Republic of Korea)

- Third Place Awardees:
High School Team: "Survey on suicidal and self-harm ideations and attempts among Mongolian girls aged between 12-19 years" (Mongolia)
University Team: "Overcoming Challenges and Barriers to Menstruation in Nepal" (Nepal, Republic of Korea)

- Honorable Mention Awardees:
High School Team: "Bottom-up!: Towards an Inclusive and Comprehensive Sexuality Education Program for the Filipino Youth" (The Philippines)
University Team: "Adolescent Pregnancy in South Africa: The Nurturing Nurses Project in KwaZulu-Natal" (Republic of Korea)