Three days of hearings investigating various issues related to the war on Iraq, such as the legality of the war, the role of the UN, war crimes and the role of the media, as well as the destruction of the cultural sites and the environment.
A 2003 'blog' (weblog) entry by a young Iraqi woman about life under occupation, many aspects of which remain the daily reality for Iraqi women in 2005.
New parliament is expected to debate legislation (the personal status law) that diminishes the status of women.
Faeq Ameen Bakr, director general of Baghdad's Institute of Forensic Medicine in Baghdad, often writes "killed to wash away her disgrace" in the many autopsy reports and investigations that cross his desk.
In Iraq a barber works in a dangerous trade. Many have been murdered, beaten or forced to close their businesses by Islamic fanatics who accuse them of shaving off beards or giving Western-style haircuts.
A Iraqi woman MP has been shot dead by suspected insurgents on the doorstep of her home in Baghdad.
Personal status laws dictate that both husband and wife must attend court for a divorce to be granted, but the laws are often violated and men are handed separation without their wives' involvement.
As Iraq's first elected parliament in decades prepares to begin its work, the women who make up nearly a third of its members agree on one thing: they want more power ... At the same time, the assembly's women are deeply divided.
More than 50 per cent of female parliamentarians belong to the cleric-backed United Iraqi Alliance, which won the election in a landslide with just over half the seats. It has called the implementation of Sharia “non-negotiable”.
Extremists have shot women activists in the streets and killed them in private. Other threats are more insidious—and may be growing. Article by Babak Dehghanpisheh, Eve Conant and Rod Nordland.
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