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The Women Watch folder has been established in order to monitor and more fully understand the position of women in the world in general, but the developing world in particular.



 The war in Iraq has highlighted some of the contradictions operating for women there, and while not stepping back from support for the war, and the subsequent democratisation taking place, we recognise that the women's struggle in the Middle East is crucial.  As can be seen, even in the more developed world equality for women throughout alll levels of society is often one step forward and two steps back.  As democracy comes to Iraq, so to, freedom will come to the women of Iraq and their regional sisters. 

We want the bad news as well as the good. 

Relevant news items, images, or sites of interest can be posted to this folder.  


Pamela Bone: Women's right to equality

(Published: 2006-12-03 12:07 PM)
November 30, 2006 A MEETING of Muslim feminists from across the world in New York last week made a brief paragraph in The Australian, and in no other newspaper that I saw. It should have made front pages, being at least as important as the Group of 20 or Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation meetings, which had as wide a coverage as sound editorial judgment demanded.

Hero of the people

(Published: 2006-08-13 07:06 AM)
Hero Ibrahim Ahmed spends half her time with the president in Baghdad, and half in Iraqi Kurdistan. So who exactly is the latest member of the Arab leaders' wives' club?

A War on Schoolgirls

(Published: 2006-06-20 04:42 AM)
Unable to win on the battlefield, the Taliban are fighting to prevent half the country's children from getting an education.

Iranian regime killed the 19-year-old female journalist, Elham Afrootan

(Published: 2006-03-11 05:17 PM)

Official Laws against Women in Iran

(Published: 2006-03-11 05:08 PM)
Limitations on the lives of women are legalized in laws prohibiting women from the presidency, leadership, judgeship and certain educational fields, as well as by inheritance laws. Firmly rooted in the principle of vali-e-faqih, Iran's constitution controls both the public and private lives and role of women. source

Iran: Amnesty International condemns violence against women demonstrators in Iran

(Published: 2006-03-11 04:48 PM)
Amnesty International condemns the violent action taken by Iranian police, Revolutionary Guards and others on 8 March to forcibly disperse about 1,000 women who had gathered peacefully in Tehran to commemorate International Women’s Day. Scores of women are reported to have been beaten by the police and those assisting them. Public Statement AI Index: MDE 13/024/2006 (Public) News Service No: 060 10 March 2006

International Women's Day

(Published: 2006-03-09 06:56 PM)
Leaflet produced for International Women's Day, 2006.

Women's Voices on Election Day

(Published: 2006-01-03 04:36 AM)
As Iraqi women streamed into polling centres for last week’s election, IWPR reporters sought out the views of this increasingly assertive constituency. By IWPR trainees in Iraq (ICR No. 159, 20-Dec-05)

Kazak Women Sold as Sex Slaves

(Published: 2005-06-04 04:14 AM)
Women from southern Kazakstan are being forced into prostitution both at home and abroad.

U.S. Faults 4 Allies Over Forced Labor

(Published: 2005-06-04 04:01 AM)
The United States estimates that about 800,000 people are trafficked against their will between nations each year, and that many hundreds of thousands more are enslaved within their own nations. The government also estimates that about 15,000 people are trafficked to the United States each year. That estimate has fallen since the Central Intelligence Agency issued the first one in 2000. Then it was estimated that as many as 50,000 people were trafficked to the United States from a dozen foreign countries each year.

The Burqa: Prison or Protection?

(Published: 2005-05-21 08:06 AM)
The oppressive Taleban regime is long gone, but many Afghan women are still afraid to abandon their burqas. By Salima Ghafari in Kabul (WP No. 1, 19-May-05)

IWPR Launches New Women's Reporting Programme

(Published: 2005-05-21 08:00 AM)
Director’s Note: By Anthony Borden in London (WP No. 1, 19-May-05)

Arab women face widespread lack of freedom-study

(Published: 2005-05-21 07:56 AM)
"Women are half the population of the Middle East," she told Reuters in an interview. "If they are not part of the democratisation process in a full capacity, the process will be incomplete.

Veiled Threat

(Published: 2005-04-24 06:35 AM)
The atrocious treatment of women in the Arab world is well-known, but people are much less aware of the plight of some European Muslim women. The increasing degradation of Muslim women in Europe is largely due to the work of the Wahhabi and Muslim Brotherhood propaganda over the last 15 years. In European countries, some Muslims --especially the younger generation -- are faced with an identity crisis. They do not feel Western even though they were born in the West and are European citizens. But they do not feel Arab either. So they choose a new nationality: Islamist.

Women in Iraq (forum discussion)

(Published: 2005-04-24 06:35 AM)

In Jeans or Veils, Iraqi Women Are Split on New Political Power

(Published: 2005-04-15 07:02 AM)
One morning last week, three dozen women in Western-style business suits crowded into the office of the man who would soon be Iraq's prime minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari. Most were members of the newly elected National Assembly, and they had a list of demands............Hours later, another group of women who are assembly members arrived in Dr. Jaafari's office. They wore black abayas, the garments that cover a woman's body from head to foot, and they had another agenda

I Want My 'She' TV

(Published: 2005-04-15 06:43 AM)
Television talk-show host Matilda Farjallah shifts forward in her chair and looks the white-bearded Sunni sheikh sitting across the table directly in the eyes. "Tahzeeb al-mara ["instructing the woman"] is discussed in the Koran. Does it allow instructing a woman by beating her?" she asks.

Kazakstan: Illegal Abortion Concerns Mount

(Published: 2005-04-09 08:40 PM)
Fearful of shaming their families, pregnant Muslim girls resort to potentially fatal illegal abortions. By Olga Dosybieva in Shymkent (RCA No. 366, 08-Apr-05)

Female Footballers Overcome Obstacles

(Published: 2005-04-09 08:21 PM)
Afghanistan's first women’s team looks forward to performing on the international stage. By Mohammad Jawad Sharifazda in Kabul (ARR No. 167, 04-Apr-05)

Death Sentence for Wife-Killer

(Published: 2005-04-09 07:54 PM)
Sulaimaniyah court hears how Kurdish man staged “insurgent” attack on his Norwegian wife. By Sirwan Ghareeb in Sulaimaniyah (ICR No. 117, 17-Mar-05)

Desperate Women Set Themselves Alight

(Published: 2005-04-09 07:48 PM)
Self-immolation is the last resort for women trapped in unbearable lives, and it seems to be on the increase. The Kurdistan Women's Union has launched an awareness campaign to try to persuade women not to take this drastic step. "We’ve run a number of adverts to show women that no circumstances in life can justify a woman setting herself alight,” said Payman Izzadin, a spokesperson for the woman’s union. By Azeez Mahmood in Sulaimaniyah (ICR No. 117, 17-Mar-05)

Women’s emancipation can only be achieved by the restoration of democracy based on secularism!

(Published: 2005-04-06 07:55 AM)

A Day for Women to Shine

(Published: 2005-04-02 06:54 PM)
Advocates of women’s rights mark International Women’s Day by noting progress while looking ahead to how much still needs to be done. By Suhaila Muhseni in Kabul (ARR No. 165, 18-Mar-05)

The Longing

(Published: 2005-04-02 05:17 AM)
Saudi woman poet Nimah Ismail Nawwab is the first woman to have appeared publically at a book signing in Saudi Arabia.

Secret Divorces Underline Women’s Powerlessness

(Published: 2005-03-31 07:15 PM)
Men are illegally divorcing their wives without them knowing. By Aso Akram in Sulaimaniyah (ICR No. 118, 25-Mar-05)

Girls’ Education Plea

(Published: 2005-03-31 07:12 PM)
Village girls want to continue their studies at high school, but are disadvantaged by their parents’ traditional way of thinking. By Niaz Muhamed in Sulaimaniyah (ICR No. 118, 25-Mar-05)

Breaking Free

(Published: 2005-03-30 06:56 AM)
"No matter how you look at it, with the Internet, cable television and everything our children are taking in, I believe the young ones are going to impose their needs and demands."

The Unheralded Revolution: Can the Gains Made by Iraq's Women Be Echoed Elsewhere?

(Published: 2005-02-24 11:09 PM)
Look beyond the jockeying for jobs in Iraq's embryonic transitional government. Focus instead on the final results in that Arab country's matrix-breaking election. They reveal a little-publicized result that President Bush, feminist organizations and democracy advocates should be shouting from the rooftops.
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