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The Guardian Announces Journalism Competition Finalists

The Guardian newspaper has announced 16 finalists in the 2012 Guardian International Development Journalism Competition. The competition, which aims to highlight overlooked or underrepresented issues in the developing world, called on contestants to submit a feature piece on an aspect of global poverty deserving of greater attention. Of the hundreds of entries submitted, a long list was narrowed down to 40 contestants, and then short-lists of eight amateur and eight professional writers were finalized.

This year marks the fifth year of the competition, which is held in partnership with several UK-based NGOs, including Marie Stopes International, AMREF, Care International, Save the Children, and many others. The competition is sponsored by Barclays and GlaxoSmithKline.

While the overarching theme of the articles was about global poverty, each NGO partner sponsored an underlying theme. Several of the articles drove home the point that women’s health and rights are closely tied to development and poverty.

AMREF’s theme, “Giving Birth – the most dangerous thing an African woman can do?” garnered many submissions, including amateur and professional finalists “Liberia: maternal roulette,” and “A Mother's Burden.”

Amateur journalist Olivia Crellin’s article “Women forced to be 'human coffins'” and professional journalist Nele Obermueller’s “When choosing kills – unsafe abortion in Pakistan” were selected as a finalists for Marie Stopes Internationals’ theme “A human right to choose?”

Finally, Progresio’s theme was “Advancing women's rights in fragile states” and finalists in that theme were amateur Sawsan Bastawy’s “Egypt's women: a revolution in thought?” and professional Inna Lazareva’s “Girl brides in Yemen: the fight for the right to say no.”

In the next part of the competition, the finalists will fly to a developing country to research a new assignment. These will be published in two Guardian newspaper supplements, when the winners are announced in London on November 12, 2012.

The full list of 40 semi-finalist articles is available on The Guardian website, along with a list of the short-listed finalists.

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