Iraqi women journalists win essay contest

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Three Iraqi women journalists have won a United Nations contest which seeks to highlight the everyday challenges faced by women living in the Middle Eastern country.

The stories submitted by Suha Audah, Enas Jabbar and Shatha al-Shabibi, were selected by an independent panel for their depiction of women's situation in Iraq.

Suha Audah's article describes the pressure of traditional values on women practicing sports in the city of Mosul.

Enas Jabbar relates the suffering of women subjected to abduction.

Shatha al-Shabibi addresses the sensitive issue of honour crimes, widespread in traditional Iraqi society.

The three winners received their prizes during a special ceremony organized at the UN Compound on 1 May, as part of a roundtable discussion on women and media to mark World Press Freedom Day.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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