Iraq

Nawal al-Samaraie, minister for women’s affairs, says she lacked the resources to implement her plans to help improve women’s lives.
In Basra in 2008 a reported 133 women were killed for not 'being Islamic' enough.
A law that sets aside about 25 per cent of seats for women in provincial councils is raising hopes of a new era where women hold political power on a local level.
Iraqi Women Movement Round table discussion with Representatives of the International Diplomatic missions in Baghdad, Monday June 23rd, 2008.
Five weeks ago Leila Hussein told The Observer the chilling story of how her husband had killed their 17-year-old daughter over her friendship with a British soldier in Basra. Now Leila, who had been in hiding, has been murdered-gunned down in cold blood.
A 17-year-old Iraqi girl has been murdered by her father in an 'honour killing' after falling in love with a British soldier in Basra.
Residents of a western Baghdad neighbourhood have said militant groups in the area are hunting down women and killing them, and have appealed to parliament to do something, a member of parliament (MP) said on 22 April, 2008.
Pascale Warda, an Assyrian Chaldean Christian, knows what it feels like to be in a minority community and a woman in Iraq. As an activist it is precisely these causes that are important to her. Excerpts from a conversation.
"In today's Iraq, women are being killed by militia groups for not conforming to strict Islamist ways."
The Anfal decision, as it is known, named six of Saddam's highest officials as responsible for the genocidal campaign that left hundreds of Kurdish people dead. It also designated rape as a form of torture.
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