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2020 Global Voices - Latin America

GYAN announces winners of 3rd annual essay contest
Global Voices - Latin America and the Caribbean


GYAN, in collaboration with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, received inspiring essays from 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean! Essay contestants, between the ages of 15-24, responded to the theme, "Confronting Inequity," by selecting one of the following sub-themes: Challenging Racism; Conserving the Environment; Educating for Change; Empowering Indigenous Communities; Promoting Gender Equality; or Stamping Out Violence. Contestants also included information about their community interventions which ranged from grassroots student groups to national level advocacy, business ventures to educational nonprofits and more!

A panel of six judges determined the contest winners, who will receive the following prizes:

  • First Prize: laptop and trip to the U.S. to attend GYAN's 2021 Global Youth Advancement Summit
  • Second Prize: choice between tablet and digital camera
  • Third Prize: choice between tablet and digital camera

Congratulations to our winners (listed below), and thank you to all contest participants!


Contest Winners

1st Place 

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Maria Antônia
C. Deziderio
(Brazil)

Why My Hair Is Not Just Hair

2nd Place

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Ralycia Andrews
(St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

Walamiseru, "Our Sad Experience"

3rd Place

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Diana Monserrat
Vicezar Torres
(Paraguay)

Mymba Rayhu - Animal Love


Honorable Mention

In addition to our winners, the following contestants receive an honorable mention from our judges:

  • Karla Godoy da Costa Lima (Brazil) described her business initiative, EcoCiclo, which produces menstrual products out of environmentally sustainable materials
  • Cassie Teresa Adams (Guyana) eloquently advocated for increased national pride and support for local artists and musicians
  • Ana Luisa González González (Mexico) depicted the dire situation of human trafficking in her home state of Tlaxcala

Stay tuned for news about our Volume II Global Voices – Latin America and the Caribbean publication this summer!