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The Goodwall-SISD-Womanity Scholarships
(Middle East and North Africa)

A competition to find outstanding female students across the Middle East and North Africa


The project

“ The competition being held by Goodwall, the Swiss International School of Dubai (SISD) and The Womanity Foundation is a celebration of the excellence achieved by young females around the Middle East and Africa” said Goodwall, co-founder Taha Bawa. “We believe that talent can be found throughout the world, and we want to make sure that these talented young women are getting the education they need and deserve.”

The challenge 

Across the region, women’s employment is around half of that of men’s. We are trying to change that by supporting girls and women’s access to quality education and vocational training. This includes promoting avenues that give women a voice in society, politics and governance institutions.

Freedom House, among others, reported that women in the Middle East and North Africa are often in dependent positions within the family and subjected to conservative societal norms and that “women in the region are significantly underrepresented in senior positions in politics and the private sector, and in some countries, they are completely absent from the judiciary.” Despite challenges, there are many women paving the way for change by fighting for their right, reclaiming an equal role in society and proposing inspiring projects.

The approach

Between 2017 and 2019 Goodwall, the Swiss International School of Dubai (SISD), and Womanity will offer two different Scholarships to female students in the Middle East and Northern Africa who have had a positive and lasting impact in their communities or have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills. We’re looking for role-models who are capable of inspiring others to have a positive impact on their own communities.

In particular, in 2017, the three organizations will award 10 iPads for meriting high school girls and between 2017-2018, they will offer a prize of USD 5,000 to cover the tuition of a university of choice of a young female student. The monetary prize is generously offered by Goodwall.

Starting in September 2018- with the selection process beginning this summer 2017- Goodwall – SISD – Womanity Scholarship will offer a two year full-tuition at the Swiss International Scientific School of Dubai (SISD) for a young female leader in the MENA region. She will be ready to join Grade 11 in September 2018. The two-year scholarship is generously offered by SISD while Womanity and Goodwall commit to secure her a scholarship to join University and continue in higher education afterwards.

“Boarding at SISD allows our school to offer an outstanding international educational to young students from all over the Middle East and further afield.  With the help of the Womanity/Goodwall Foundation, the search for an eager and deserving young mind to join our community enables us to have a positive and meaningful impact on the world around us and particularly for the individual and their family” said SISD Founder Omar Danial

To participate to the call, interested candidates have to create a profile on Goodwall. More details can be found here:


Valued partners

Goodwall is a positive, inspirational community for young people to connect and get recognition for their talents and achievements. Committed to celebrating student success and rewarding students for outstanding leadership, community service, innovation and top achievements, Goodwall has a fast-growing community of approximately 1M students from 150+ countries and works with top universities around the world.

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) is a leading international day and boarding school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic lifelong learners, ready to embrace the opportunities and challenges of a global world.  SISD provides an inspiring, inclusive and challenging learning environment while celebrating academic excellence.