One hundred and thirty-three women were killed last year in Basra, Iraq’s second largest city, either by religious vigilantes or as a result of so-called “honour” killings, a report said on 31 December, 2007.
The Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) condemns the killings of women in Basra and Umara and calls for women's protection services.
Unicef says an estimated two million children in Iraq continue to face threats, including poor nutrition, disease and interrupted education.
"Commemorating pioneer women and present challenges for the Iraqi women march"
The chief of police in the southern Iraqi city of Basra has warned of a campaign of violence against women carried out by religious extremists.
Download an unofficial English translation of the Iraq Personal Status Law of 1959.
"Supporters say Article 41 will keep the state out of civil affairs. Critics say it will usher in Sharia."
The Assessment covers: political participation, civil society and women in decision making; violence against women and the right to personal security; labor & economic rights; family & marriage; nationality; health; education. [updated Dec. 2006]
In mid-August 2007, Iraqi Al-Amal Association and the Baghdad Women's Association in partnership with UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services), completed the project “Peace Building through Training on Conflict Resolution and Democracy”.
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