Pakistan: Essay writing contest focuses on violence against health care

19 March 2019
Pakistan: Essay writing contest focuses on violence against health care

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Pakistan brings to you the 6th edition of the annual Bilingual Essay Writing Competition. In line with the theme of protection of human life and dignity, the topic of this year's competition is "Trends of violence against health-care workers and facilities".

The competition is open to all residents of Pakistan and the last date for submission of entries is 26 April 2019.

The ICRC initiated the Health Care in Danger programme in Pakistan in 2015 and we have since conducted a number of surveys and studies that seek to address the continuing menace of violence against health-care workers and facilities. These resources are available for public access on our website and the participants are encouraged to use them.

Over the years, the competition has provided a great learning opportunity to the participants as well as the ICRC, by encouraging the people of Pakistan to take part in the problem-solving process regarding issues that affect them and their communities. Last year's topic of "Social inclusion of persons with disabilities" received 1,400 entries, many from those with a disability, and others from people working on social inclusion projects.

This year too, we look forward to receiving the entries from a diverse pool of participants, exploring the causes and effects of violence against health-care workers and facilities.

For a smoother application process, here are a few guidelines for you:

  • The word limit is 5,000, and it’s the same for English and Urdu submissions.
  • Only one submission will be accepted (in either language) per person.
  • References must be given in footnotes. These are not added to the word count and there is no set format for references. You can send them as preferred.
  • There is no template and submissions can follow any suitable format.
  • Participants can use citation and formatting styles (e.g. Chicago Manual, APA, MLA, etc.) as per their preferences. However, all referenced material should be listed in the footnotes.
  • A maximum of 10% plagiarism percentage is acceptable. Anything higher than 10% will be penalized either through deduction of marks or disqualification, depending upon the plagiarism report.
  • The competition is open to all citizens of Pakistan, including serving or retired government officials.
  • Due to the number of entries, we cannot get back to each applicant individually. Only winning essayists will be intimated. No participation certificates will be provided.
  • All essays should be sent in PDF format to by 26 April 2019.
  • Results will be announced in May 2019.


2019 Essay Competition Poster - English

2019 Essay Competition Poster - Urdu