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AFLA Human Rights and Business Essay Competition

AFRICA LEGAL AID, TOGETHER WITH WEBBER WENTZEL,

INVITE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE

HUMAN RIGHTS & BUSINESS ESSAY COMPETITION!

Advancing its Human Rights & Business Programme launched in 2011, Africa Legal Aid (AFLA) will convene a series of events starting July 2012, examining the link between corporate accountability and human rights on the African continent. The programme features a high level Pan-African conference bringing together business leaders, legal experts, civil society representatives, and public officials in Johannesburg, South Africa. A youth side event; a documentary screening; and a debate on corporate social responsibility and human rights will also be held. The academic component of the programme is complemented by an editorial dimension, through the publication of an AFLA Quarterly issue dedicated to Human Rights & Business. A set of best practice guidelines in regard to the topic will also be published. A network will be established amongst businesses, civil society and public administration to further the aims of the programme.

As part of our aim to engage young people in shaping Africa’s human rights agenda, we introduce an essay competition, allowing youth to voice their concerns and solutions in regard to human rights and business accountability.

ASSIGNMENT
Identify a problem regarding human rights and business in Africa as a whole or in your specific African country and share your proposed solution in a maximum of 500 words.

EVALUATION
In reviewing your contributions, the following will be taken into consideration: critical examination of the causes and effects of the issue approached, originality and feasibility of the proposed solution; and style and structure of the essay. Winners will be notified by email, while also announced on the Africa Legal Aid and Webber Wentzel websites, and on their respective Facebook pages.

ELIGIBILITY
Young people between the ages of 18 and 25, who are nationals of and residents of African countries.

PRIZES
First prize: US$500                Second prize: US$250               Third prize: US$150
The three winning essays will be published in Africa Legal Aid’s flagship journal, the ALFA Quarterly.

PARTICIPATING
Please submit your paper to r.afana@africalegalaid.com by 15 July 2012.

DETAILS
For further information on AFLA’s Human Rights & Business Programme, please check: http://http://www.africalegalaid.com/activities/human-rights-and-business

Also, follow Africa Legal Aid on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Africa-Legal-Aid-AFLA/111108335669002

Please find below the essay competition flyer.

Human Rights and Business Essay Competition flyer

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