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On Women's Day, Iraqi women still strive to get minimum rights

Yazidi survivors of isis captivity hold a candle-lighting ceremony for the Yazidi New Year.Photograp

March 8 marks the International Women's Day, where all world celebrates the rights given to women, for the great role they play in the society.

Whilst, the Iraqi woman still has to struggle to get her least rights, like electing for public posts, achieving gender equality in the personal status law, having a law to counter domestic violence, etc.

Member of parliament's committee of women, family and children MP Rezan Shex Dler criticized Thursday the government's stance towards women in Iraq, saying that women's rights are at the end of its interests' list, however, they suffer a lot from lack of equality with men.

"We have repeatedly called for giving women more rights over the past four years, but in vain," Dler said in official statement released in the occasion of International Women's Day.

Dler indicated to the government's ignorance to women's rights by cancelling the ministry of woman and turned it into a general directorate.

She also blamed the political blocs for their silence towards the government's injustice with women, like narrowing their quota in the supreme independent electoral commission gradually, until it disappeared in the current commission.

According to Dler, women are less likely to get appointed in public posts, however, they are more than men demographically.

The Iraqi parliament has passed a controversial law that allows polygamy for men, alleging that it will solve the big number of widowed women in the country after the war on ISIS, which humiliates women, according to women rights defenders.

President Fuad Masum greeted Iraqi women in official statement on the occasion of International Women's Day, lauding their patriotism and sacrifices in the battle against terrorism, calling for protect and enhancing their civil and democratic rights, and support their fundamental role in building the state's institutions.

The president confirmed the necessity to exert more efforts to end the struggle of Iraqi women who had been captured by the terrorists of ISIS, not to mention thousands of women who suffered from displacement, homelessness, and deprivation from their minimum rights, promising them of a near solution.

Since ISIS took over the Iraqi towns of Mosul and Sinjar in 2014, many of the men and boys were murdered, leaving their women and girls with whether in captive or forced to flee, leaving behind their homes, livelihoods, and communities, which forced those women to become the sole providers for their remaining family members.

 And yet, after four years of war and long, bitter liberation battles against the terrorist group, women of Iraq still need further legislations to secure their prosperity and dignity.

Last Modified: Thursday، 08 March 2018 01:28 PM
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