First Journalism Contest for Iraqi Women

The UN Iraq congratulates the three winners of the first edition of its contest for Iraqi women journalists. The stories submitted by Suha Audah, Enas Jabbar and Shatha al-Shabibi were selected by the jury as representing best the challenges faced by Iraqi women in their daily lives.

“The selection was difficult since the quality of the articles received was high; most stories portrayed brilliantly the challenges faced by women in Iraq,” said the DSRSG for Political Affairs, and member of the jury, Mr. Gyorgy Busztin.

UN Iraq organized for the first time a contest for Iraqi women journalists aiming at emphasizing the numerous challenges faced by Iraqi women in their daily life. The UN representatives congratulated all participants and underlined their great contribution to this premiere.

The three winners received their prizes during a special ceremony organized at the UN Compound on 1 May 2013, as part of the roundtable discussion on women and media around World Press Freedom Day. Suha Audah, a freelance journalist from Mosul, highlighted the importance of such awards for Iraqi women journalists who are facing several difficulties in their daily work: "Women should be able to impose themselves”, she said; “however, when I claim women's rights, some people label me as sexist," she added.

The winning stories were anonymously selected by an independent panel composed of DSRSG for political Affairs Mr. Gorgy Busztin, the head of UN Women, Ms Frances Guy, the head of the Public Information Office (PIO), Mrs. Eliana Nabaa, and the Senior Political Advisor to UNAMI and former journalist Dr. Hussain Hindawi.

About the winning stories:

  • Suha Audah’s article describes the pressure of traditional values on women practicing sports in Mosul.
  • In her article based on a personal story, Enas Jabbar relates the suffering of women subjected to abduction.
  • Finally, Shatha al-Shabibi addresses the sensitive issue of honour crimes, widely spread in traditional Iraqi society.

(Source: UNAMI)

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