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Nazir Afzal Essay Competition

Nazir Afzal essay competition

Win £500

The annual Nazir Afzal Essay Competition, organised by HARM network, is named after British solicitor and former Chief Crown Prosecutor Nazir Afzal OBE who, during a 25 year career, has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country, and led nationally on numerous legal topics including violence against women and girls, child sexual abuse, and honour based violence.

The aim of the competition is to encourage quality research and writing on marginalized victimology themes, engage students and key stakeholders internationally in a creative way, and to drive positive societal change.

  • Win a first prize of £500
  • Prize winner’s presentation by Nazir Afzal OBE
  • Essay published by HARM, University of Central Lancashire

We encourage entries from students and academics, teachers, practitioners, survivors and activists.


Nafir Afzal Essay Competition 2021

There was one winner that stood out, who made me understand in ways that previously I hadn’t, the barriers that women face” Nazir Afzal OBE.

Winner: Dr Hannah Begum

Shortlisted: Safia Sangster and Rosie Richardson

Please read the full essays below:

COVID-19 presents new challenges to protecting and supporting victims of abuse during lockdown.

Question: What specific help-seeking challenges do Black or Asian heritage victims experience, and what measures do you suggest to better support them?

Email your entry to

Open: 7th April 2021.

Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2021 (12.00 midnight BST)

Please read the Terms and Conditions for applying.

Special thanks to Competition sponsors.

“A quite extraordinary piece of work, well researched and very accessible”

  • Nazir Afzal OBE.

2020: Mariel McKone Leonard - Not ‘them’, ‘us’: The necessity of recognising ‘harmful traditional practices in all communities

Shortlisted entries: Hannah Begum | Kusqaum Adam

Watch: Nazir Afzal OBE announces winner 2020

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