The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and The National Press Club Malaysia (NPC) today announced the fourth edition of the Young Humanitarian Writers Competition in cooperation with the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS).
“We have been collaborating for four years and it’s a pleasure to see that there is growing awareness about the competition. Keeping up with the tradition, we are launching this competition to commemorate the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day that falls on 8 May every year,” said president of NPC Datuk Mokhtar Hussain. He hoped that more young journalists would write on humanitarian issues and participate in the competition.
What sets this year’s contest apart is that the English and Bahasa Malaysia language categories for journalists have been merged to allow for more attractive prizes. “The aim of the competition remains to encourage greater awareness about the most pressing humanitarian issues and to give visibility to the writings of young people,” explained Isabelle Barras, head of the ICRC’s regional delegation in Kuala Lumpur.
Secretary-general of MRCS Dato Sayed A Rahman Sayed Mohd encouraged the youth, especially MRCS volunteers, to participate. “MRCS celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and the competition is part of the activities planned to highlight the work and vision of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement,” he said. He also called for greater participation in humanitarian work, especially through volunteering with different organizations and for vital causes.
The Young Humanitarian Writers Competition 2018 is open to anyone who resides in Malaysia and is between the ages of 16 and 30. The competition aims to encourage young people to promote humanitarian law and principles, to discuss the humanitarian challenges in today’s world and highlight the humanitarian stories from across the world. The last day for submission of entries is 31 October 2018.
For more information about the competition, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.