Skip to comments.Iraqi Women Meet, Discuss Equal Rights
Posted on 03/22/2009 10:31:35 AM PDT by SandRat
FOB WARRIOR Women of northern Iraq gathered together for a conference in Narwooz Hall in Kirkuk City March 14, aimed at improving the status of womens rights and their quality of life in Iraq.
The womens rights movement began during the Middle Ages in this region, when pioneers worked to improve the status of women in Islamic nations during early Islamic reforms.
According to Dr. Jamal A. Badawi in The Status of Woman in Islam, women were granted rights in marriage, divorce and inheritance; and marriage became a contract as opposed to a status, in which a womans consent was imperative.
This is the first step, said Ali Noori Talabani, a retired member of parliament and the supervisor for womens activities in Kirkuk. The goal of this conference, and others like it, is to bring together diverse groups that are involved in womens activities and build a goal that we can all work toward.
They [women] have had very little political power for a long time, said Akar Azad, a student in Koya City. Even now, they have a very simple participation in politics.
This is the third conference recently discussing womens rights in the region. A final one will take place in Sulaymaniyah in April.
After the final conference, we will take the decisions that we have made to the government in the region, said Azad. Right now we are trying to increase womens representation in politics up to 30 percent, so they have the power to do what is best for them.
Overcoming negative attitudes and opinions of individuals about womens rights has been a struggle for women in the region.
Under the old regime, we did not have many rights, said Talabani. We were unable to make political and social gains. People try to use culture, society and religion as reasons not to grant women their rights or give them political power. Its not an easy job to change peoples minds.
We have to bring our issues to the neighborhoods, communities and media, she continued. Women have been killed in the struggle to increase our rights, but, no matter what happens, it is important we keep trying every day to make a difference.
Improving womens rights and political power could affect the region in many positive ways.
Once we have more women in power, we will be able to continue making peace in the region, said Talabani. When we get more rights, we will build a better city and country than we have today.
They just have to give us a chance, she said.
They didn't get very far. The really sad thing is that the treatment of women under Islam *is* an improvement over their treatment under Arabian paganism, but a massive step backwards from their treatment under Orthodox Christianity as practiced in the Eastern Roman Empire. I'm not sure whether it's better or worse than under Zoarastrianism--I suspect it's worse.
But WAIT! Haven’t I had libs tell me for YEARS that Saddam treated women equally in Iraq and Iraq was the only country that women were not treated like cattle? Maybe I misunderstood.
Not really. Under Zoroastrianism, male and female children are treated equally. Under LAWS in Iran (where most are and originated from as being the religion of Persia before Islam), they are treated poorly, but the religion itself is a religion that believes in both a male and female deity.
How dare these Iraqi women promote western values!
I mean...how dare they...
In the liberal fantasy land, America is the big bad wolf and Saddam’s sons never raped women and little girls.
great article. Thanks for posting
Sadly, about the only chance they'll be getting is a 3 second running head start before the stones start flying.
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