Twenty years ago, the US invasion of Iraq unleashed a series of humanitarian tragedies that, combined with the effects of sanctions, set back women’s rights for decades. In the years since, women’s groups across the country have continued to work for progress, despite many obstacles.
What is the situation for women in Iraq today? What are the challenges to implementing the Women, Peace, and Security agenda that would ensure women’s equal and meaningful participation in peace and security policy? And how might policymakers work with a variety of stakeholders in government, civil society, and the international community to support this agenda?
On International Women’s Day, join us for a panel discussion that will explore these questions. Hear insights from a panel featuring leading Iraqi women scholars and policy advocates.
Discussion will draw on the work of a forthcoming policy brief, Promoting Protection and Empowerment for Iraqi Women, which examines the consequences of war, sanctions, and occupation on Iraqi women. Drawing on interviews with Iraqi women who have experienced and studied the effects of US policy in the region, the policy report provides a progressive blueprint for protecting and advancing women’s rights in Iraq.
This event is presented by the Keough School of Global Affairs and its Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and Pulte Institute for Global Development and by Alliance for Peacebuilding, Fourth Freedom Forum, the Costs of War Project, Win Without War, MADRE, and the International Civil Society Action Center Network (ICAN).
Photo: Ezidi women at Esiyan village (Yezidi village), Baadre, Dohuk Governorate, Kurdistan Region, in Iraq 09.jpg” by Levi Clancy is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.