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IRAQI WOMEN - LIFE TODAY

 
 
Reply Sun 5 Oct, 2008 03:33 pm
if you are wondering what life for iraqi women has turned into after america brought "freedom" to iraq , you might find some answers in this report from the BBC .
you can also google for additional reports from iraq .
hbg

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7282064.stm

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'National crisis' for Iraqi women
The situation for women in Iraq has become a "national crisis" since the US-led invasion in 2003, a report by an international women's group has warned.
Women for Women International said they had had relative autonomy and security, but now faced violence, controversial leadership and poor infrastructure.

Almost two-thirds of the 1,500 women questioned for the national survey said violence against them had increased.

The report was issued ahead of International Women's Day on Saturday.

'Focus lost'

According to Women for Women's 2008 Iraq Report, shortly before the US-led invasion, "women's rights and gender equity were mentioned as symbolic issues for Iraq's new national agenda".

"However, as the overall situation in Iraq began to deteriorate after the invasion, the focus on women was lost in the problems and violence facing the country as a whole," it said.


It has been five years since the American invasion of Iraq and still no-one has stopped to listen to what this critical mass of the population, women, have to say about solving the problems
Zainab Salbi,
Women for Women International


"Present-day Iraq is plagued by insecurity, a lack of infrastructure and controversial leadership, transforming the situation for women from one of relative autonomy and security before the war into a national crisis," it added.

A similar survey undertaken by the organisation in 2004 found that despite the fact that none of the women felt their families' most basic needs were entirely met, 90.6% were optimistic about the future.

But in late 2007, the nationwide poll of 1,513 Iraqi women found only 26.9% continued to be optimistic about the situation in their country.

According to the report, 63.9% or those questioned said violence against women was increasing.


WFWI 2008 IRAQ REPORT
26.9% optimistic about the situation in Iraq
63.9% said violence against them had increased
76.2% said girls in their family were not allowed to attend school
68.3% described the availability of jobs as "bad"
70.5% said their family cannot afford to pay for the necessities
43.6% did not think that the circumstances of women were considered by decision-makers


When asked why, respondents most commonly said that there is less respect for women's rights than before, that women are thought of as possessions, and that the economy has gotten worse," it said.

Some 76.2% said girls in their families were forbidden from attending school, while 68.3% described the availability of jobs for women as "bad".

More than 40% of did not think that the circumstances of women were being considered by those making decisions about Iraq's future.

Iraq's new draft constitution, which has yet to be approved by parliament, contains an article under which family law would be replaced with a new system determined according to the religion or sect of those involved.

"It has been five years since the American invasion of Iraq and while the mistakes made there continue to accumulate still no-one has stopped to listen to what this critical mass of the population, women, have to say about solving the problems," said Zainab Salbi, Women for Women's CEO.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/middle_east/7282064.stm

Published: 2008/03/06 17:32:40 GMT

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Reply Sun 5 Oct, 2008 03:47 pm
@hamburger,
Oh, come on, hbg; Bush has been telling us all along about the progress being made in Iraq - including the surge. Even Palin pushed that rhetoric during the debate last week. How can all of them be wrong? How?
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Reply Sun 5 Oct, 2008 04:37 pm
@cicerone imposter,
perhaps they are not wrong , just "misinformed" ?
just like politicians now claim that they "mis-spoke" , perhaps they should also be allowed to be "mis-informed" .
someone probably did not inform them properly , can't blame them for that , can you ?
hbg
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Reply Sun 5 Oct, 2008 04:57 pm
@hamburger,
Either the commander is Iraq isn't telling Bush, or the media people are too afraid to share all this "mis-information." One way or the other, our democracy is broken.
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