29 Aug 2013

Letter wins world essay competition

9:58 pm on 29 August 2013

A New Zealand student has won the world's oldest essay competition with a letter to 100 million girls around the globe.

Katherine McIndoe, 19, of Victoria University is the senior prize winner in the Royal Commonwealth Society's 2013 essay competition, which celebrated its 130th anniversary this year.

Ms McIndoe says she has become aware of the number of girls around the world who don't have the freedoms she has.

She says she wanted to share her opinion that all girls should be able to walk down the street without fear and have the same access to education, freedom of expression, as she does.