Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Statues of Iraqi Women

This is a collection of links to some TV programs and reports dealing with the Statues of Iraqi women now. The report write-ups were copied directly from the source.

Inside Iraq - The condition of Iraqi women- 01 Aug 08 Part 1 & 2
Although brutal and violent, a study has shown that Iraqi women were more protected under Saddam's reigm compared to the situation after the US-led invasion in 2003. Iraqi women today are subjected to random violence of assault, rape, kidnapping or death at the hands of suicide bombers, American troops, Iraqi police, even radical religious groups and local thugs.

Inside Iraq - Zainab Salbi - 14 Aug 09
Zainab Salbi, a critically acclaimed author, is the founder of Women to Women International, an organisation which helps women in post conflict zones.

As an Iraqi American, women in Iraq hold a special place for Zainab.

She grew up in the shadow of Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi president as her father was his personal pilot.

She also witnessed first hand the violence of the Iran-Iraq war and decided early on in her life that she would help other women whose lives had been torn apart by war.

She fled Iraq at the age of 19 and just a few years later, in 1993, started Women to Women International. Her organisation has now helped more than 120,000 women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Rwanda, Kosovo, Nigeria, Colombia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.

Since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, she has made more than 20 trips to her home country to chronicle the status of women and girls. Zainab just returned from her most recent visit and reports that there have been many changes.

She is deeply concerned about the growing number of impoverished women and the effects that will have on the rates of literacy, early marriage and polygamy.

And she is shocked by a new generational development, where young women in their 20s are less educated than their own mothers and are growing up with fewer liberties.

In this special episode of Inside Iraq from Washington DC, Al Jazeera's Abderrahim Foukara discusses with Salbi the status of women and girls in Iraq today.

Everywoman - Iraqi women - Part 1&2
Four years after the start of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, Everywoman explores the real issues facing women in Iraq today.

The Plight of Iraqi Women
Journalist (Observer) Peter Beaumont
on the plight of Iraqi Women. "There is a culture of permissive violence against women in Iraq"

NBC Report on Violence against Iraqi Women
NBC investigates the recent wave of violence against women in Iraq.

IRAQI women are being attacked.
IRAQI women are being attacked.

Iraqi women in "silent emergency" - 08 Mar 09
On International Women's Day, a new report released by the aid agency Oxfam says women in Iraq are trapped in a "silent emergency".

It describes the women of Iraq as the forgotten victims of the recent war.

Many have been widowed by the violence and are forced to work, while looking after their children at the same time.

Iraq Women Speak Out (Excerpt) In March 2006, Code Pink invited eight Iraqi Women to the U.S. to speak about their experiences under the U.S. invasion and occupation. They were doctors, engineers, professors, and journalists. Two of the women had their entire families killed by U.S. troops. They were denied visas to enter the U.S. on the grounds that they did not have sufficient family to guarantee they would return to Iraq.

The six women who were given visas traveled separately to dozens of cities throughout the U.S., speaking with community groups, churches, veterans, and families of active duty GIs. They asked Americans to end the occupation and bring all the troops home immediately. Upon their return to Iraq they faced death threats, lost their jobs, and some were forced into exile.

The remarkable courage of these women and the authenticity of their witness to the horrendous reality of the occupation challenges Americans to take responsibility for the actions of the U.S. government and force an end to the

Iraqi Women Prisoners
The status of Women in Iraqi prisons currently under US occupation. A report by Arwa Damon for CNN.

Rare footage inside Iraqi women's prison - 07 Oct 07
Iraq's vice-president is highlighting the plight of women prisoners in Iraq. Many are detained for years without charge. Some have been sentenced to death without being questioned. Sebastian Walker has been looking at rare pictures just released of women's prisons in Iraq.

Iraqi women and girls swap one hell for ...
Thousands of women and girls have left Iraq and its extreme violence for countries such as Syria. But, once there, they find themselves trapped in a world of forced prostitution.


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