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More than seven years after the US- and UK-led invasion of their country, Iraqis continue to endure an occupation that has systematically violated their rights to life, dignity, self-determination and economic development. The occupation has been and continues to be so destructive and so violent that one in four Iraqis are estimated to be dead or displaced. One in five Iraqis has been made a refugee or an internally displaced person (IDP).
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Palestinian, Israeli Women Seek New Peace Track
June 12 – (Reuters) An unprecedented session of Middle East face-to-face talks opened in the Norwegian capital on Thursday -- an organised group of Palestinian and Israeli women seeking a greater role for women in achieving regional peace.
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March 17-April 25, 2003, Geneva
Clad in yellow, Shila Nepali, 43, arranges her handmade tea mats, table mats and floor mats among the 300 stalls lined up in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal's capital. She says she traveled by bus to this craft exhibition from Jajarkot, a district 320 kilometers (200 miles) west of Kathmandu.
Cambodian women have made impressive progress in working towards equality. But divorce or a death can still leave a woman with nothing.
Rania was 16 years old when officials raped her during Saddam Hussein's 1991 crackdown in Iraq's Shia south. "My brothers were sentenced to death, and the price to stop this was to offer my body," she says.
Cast out for bringing ‘shame' to her family, Rania ran away to Baghdad and soon fell into living and working in Baghdad's red light district.
Prior to the US-led invasion of Iraq, women working in the public and government sectors were entitled to receive a year's maternity leave under family laws enforced by the former Saddam Hussein leadership.
In the seven years since the US-led invasion which ousted Saddam, however, maternity leave has been cut to six months.
Zimbabwe has signed key international and regional instruments designed to empower women and eliminate discrimination and improve gender equality and equity through development legislation, policies, programmes and projects. (Pictured: Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) national coordinator Netsai Mushonga (L) and Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe (R)
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting many to torture and ill-treatment, including the threat of sexual abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Thursday.
Security forces in Iraq have arrested Eman ”Dakhiliya”, who run one of the worse trafficking chains in Baghdad. Her criminal network, involved in sexual slavery, has also been dispersed. This is a huge victory for the Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq, OWFI, who has campained against her for a long time.
The new Iraqi government, which received a vote of confidence from parliament on Tuesday, is almost exclusively male, with the exception of a lone woman who is a minister without portfolio.
Bushra Hussein Saleh is a deputy from Fadhila, a small Shiite fundamentalist party that is a member of the National Alliance grouping of Shiite parties.
The Country Director of Action Aid Liberia, an international women's rights advocate group, has called on the Government of Liberia (GoL) to change the Ministry of Gender and Development. According to Madam Kortu Williams, since the creation of the Ministry by law, it has not fully live up to its statutory mandate.
Another political event takes place in Iraq without much mention of women. And in the rare occasion that women are mentioned, it is often with the token spirit about how wonderful it is that they now have 25 percent of political seats in the Iraqi parliament.
Iraqi women hoped that last year's election would cement a larger role for them in the government. But they have less political influence today than at any time since the American invasion.