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3rd Continental Standards Essay Competition

3rd Continental Standards Essay Competition

The AU and its Commission, as well as other regional bodies place a good deal of emphasis on gender equality and women‘s economic empowerment hence declaring the year 2015 the year of women’s empowerment and their expected role in achieving Agenda 2063.

The organizers are inviting students in institutions of higher learning in Africa (Colleges/ Universities approved by their local commission of higher education) to submit their essays in the 3rd Continental Standards Essay Competition.


How Standards Contribute To Women’s Empowerment


African Organization for standardization & Apex Management system-consults Ltd


There will be two levels of winners

  • At Regional Level

1st position – USD 500

2nd position –USD 300

3rd position – USD 200

  • At Continental Level

1st position – (male and female) each USD 1000

2nd position –USD 800

3rd position – USD 500

In addition the winners will be given a trip and accommodation to the next ARSO G.A (ARSO General Assembly) event that will take place in 2016 to be honored.


1st March 2016


  1. This competition is open to Citizens of all African Countries below the age of 35 years living in Africa and studying in a university/college recognised by the local commission for university education or equivalent body in their countries.
  2. Length of essays: Essays should be between 1000 and 1200 words
  3. Presentation: Essays should be double spaced and presented in Century Gothic, size 12
  4. Language of essays: Essays may be submitted in English or French
  5. Information on the author: Authors may use up to 50 words to describe themselves. Information should include their names, course and year of study, name, town and country in which their university is located. (N. B: this will not be part of the 1000- 1200 words)
  6. Contacts of authors: Authors should provide us with their postal, physical, telephone and email addresses on the first page of the essay together with the title of the essay and information on the author. Also kindly attach a copy of the Identity Card or pass port and a completely filled registration form that can be obtained from Apex ( and ARSO ( websites
  7. Eligibility

The following essays are not eligible for this competition:

Essays that have been shown or accepted for other competitions

  • Essays that have been published in any form
  • Essays that focus on the work of a particular person, organization or brand name
  1. Number of essays to submitted: Participants are only allowed to submit one essay

Essay must be submitted to: by mid night on 1st March 2016

What the organisers are looking for- not necessarily in the order below

There are many different Areas of empowering women in Africa such as;

  • Women in Agriculture and value chains
  • Women in Leadership
  • Women in Education
  • Women in traditional medicine
  • Women in SMEs, crafts and cultural good
  • Women in Tourism and hospitality
  • Women in beauty and cosmetics industries
  • Women in Health services
  • Women in cross border Trade
  1. A precise introduction of the essay
  2. Explanation of the problems being faced by women in Africa today in relation to development.
  3. General understanding of standards
  4. General knowledge of the situation in Africa regarding to women empowerment.
  5. How standards contribute to women empowerment and development in Africa
  6. A clear example on how standards have in the past assisted in solving issues related to women Empowerment in your Country.
  7. Conclusion


Please note that by entering the competition, you have assigned copyright of your essay to the organizers of this event who may publish it in whole or in part on their respective websites, websites of national standards bodies, a wide range of publications for circulation both inside and outside Africa.


Winners will be selected through a fair and impartial selection process by the organizers

The decision of the judges shall be final.

Announcement of Winners

  • Regional winners

Information on regional winners will be published on the following websites:

  1. The organizers
  2. Their respective regional economic communities
  3. The website of their national standards body

Regional winners will be announced during the national standards day celebrations in their countries immediately following the essay competition and selection of winners

  • Continental winners

Information on Continental winners will be published on the following websites:

  1. The organizers
  2. African Union Commission
  3. Website of all national standards bodies

Continental winners will be announced during the Africa standards day celebration held yearly during the ARSO General Assembly

For more information visit the following websites:

  • African Organization for Standardisation:
  • Apex Management Systems – Consultants:
  • Websites of various National Standards Bodies in Africa


For inquiries, participants from Nigeria should contact

Dr. Joseph Ikemefuna Odumodu

Director General

Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON)

No.52 Lome Crescent Wuse Zone 7

Abuja, Wuse +2349, Nigeria



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  1. Tosin, can you confirm the shift of deadline to March 1 because the deadline was initially February 19. See their Facebook page to check

  2. Hey Guys! there are changes in this essay contest. here is the updated concept paper ( .
    DON’T send to rather send your essay to the email of Standard body in your country. For those in Nigeria, send yours to I sent mine last yr December and the receipt has acknowledged. it is the National body in your country that will send the top five essays of their contestants to ON OR BEFORE 1st march 2016. So, if you want to participate do well to write and send your essay before 29th of this month because some country like TANZANIA have already concluded and published the names of their top ten winners. (Check here ) BUT am sure NIGERIA is still accepting essays.

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