Iraq’s Unspeakable Crime: Mothers Pimping Daughters

She goes by Hinda, but that’s not her real name. That’s what she’s called by the many Iraqi sex traffickers and pimps who contact her several times a week from across the country. They think she is one of them, a peddler of sexual slaves. Little do they know that the stocky auburn-haired woman is …

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Baghdad Underground A “railroad” of sorts helps Iraqi women escape servitude, abuse and even death

On a bullet-scarred side street in Baghdad’s downtown, where U.S. Marines famously helped tear down the statue of Saddam Hussein in April of 2003, an inconspicuous entryway tucked between a steel-shuttered shop and a rickety candy stall leads to a flight of steep concrete stairs. Rusted water pipes run precariously over and across the poorly …

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Iraqi Gays Face Gruesome Torture/ Murder Technique

BY DOUG IRELAND: As the murder campaign targeting Iraqi gays intensifies, a leading Arabic television network last week revealed the use of a horrifying new form of lethal torture against Iraqi gay men – anti-gay Shiite death squads are sealing their anuses with a powerful glue, then inducing diarrhea, which leads to a painful and …

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Religious superstitions, laws and customs are a disgrace of the 21st century

In the memory of Du’a Khalil Aswad and in condemnation of the flogging in public of a 17 year old girl in Pakistan. Du’a Khalil Aswad, a sweet 17 year old girl from Iraqi Kurdistan was publicly stoned to death in the town of Bashiqa before 1000 men. None of them did anything to stop …

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OWFI pressures the legislators into a draft law against Trafficking of Women and Girls

After two years of fact-finding and months of lobbying over local and regional televisions, newspapers, websites and radios, OWFI’s activism receive the first results: the legislators have forwadrded a draft law against trafficking of women and girls. 

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In March 8 of 2009: Freedom and Equality remain the aim of our struggles

After seven years of occupation, women in Iraq still suffer from insecurity and outrageous misogynist practices of the Islamist and nationalist ruling militias. The multiplying anti-women media of the ruling militias attempt to abort all our modern achievements for women’s rights. Their media shows women who veil their presence from the society with ragged historic …

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2008 Gruber Women’s Rights Prize Press Release

Three Activists to Share 2008 Gruber International Women’s Rights Prize for Advancing Gender Equality July 8, 2008, New York, New York – The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation today announced that it will award the 2008 Women’s Rights Prize to three courageous activists who, at great risk to their own safety, have led successful efforts …

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End the Genocide on Women of Iraq

Condemn the killings of women in Basra and Umara. he southern cities of Iraq which are totally under the grip of Islamist parties have turned into no-woman zones. Female physical appearance is not acceptable in the streets, educational institutions, or at work places. Although veiled and passive, death awaits women around street corners, in the …

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Justice for Sara Jaffar Nimat!

Condemn another hideous stoning of an 11 years old girl in Kurdistan: Sara Jaffar Nimat is an 11-year-old girl from the town of Khanaqin in Iraqi Kurdistan. She was murdered on the 3rd August. 

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Yanar Mohammed Receives Human Rights Award

The Eleanor Roosevelt Global Women’s Rights award was presented to Yanar Mohammed, the president of OWFI in recognition of her endeavors in voicing Iraqi women and protecting their rights in the post-war Iraq.

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Killing women, destroying Iraq

By Houzan Mahmoud, from the Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq: What the brutal ‘honour killing’ of a girl in Iraq’s Kurdistan province shows about the country’s headlong descent into sectarian violence. Houzan Mahmoud, an Iraqi Kurd who lives in Britain, is the overseas representative of the Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq and initiator …

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‘You can come upon women’s bodies anywhere’ “The Guardian”

Life was supposed to get better for women in Iraq after the ousting of Saddam. The reality has been rocketing rates of rape, murder, domestic violence and infant mortality, reports leading US writer Katha Pollitt. The video, originally posted on jebar.info, a Kurdish website, was soon plastered all over the internet: a young girl in …

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After 4 Years of Occupation and Oppression Our Struggles Continue

OWFI’s Statement for IWD: Women of Iraq have gradually let go of most of their 20th century gains and privileges in the last 4 years of occupation. Iraq turned from a modern country of educated and working women into a divided land of Islamic and ethnic warlords who compete in cancelling women from the social …

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Islamic Sharia law: a constant threat against the rights and freedom of women in the Middle East

Today in many societies in the Middle East, women are regarded as second or third class citizens. Recognition of women as free human beings equal to men is off the agenda for all governments in the region. Every year thousands of women fall victim to so-called “honour killings”, commit suicide under pressure by setting fire …

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