Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Do Women Miss Saddam?

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Women Miss Saddam

Posted on 01 March 2010 by admin

Credit: Mohammed Omer/IPS

Under Saddam Hussein, women in government got a year’s maternity leave; that is now cut to six months.
By Abdu Rahman and Dahr Jamail

Under Saddam Hussein, women in government got a year’s maternity leave; that is now cut to six months. Under the Personal Status Law in force since Jul. 14, 1958, when Iraqis overthrew the British-installed monarchy, Iraqi women had most of the rights that Western women do.

Now they have Article 2 of the Constitution: “Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation.” Sub-head A says “No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam.” Under this Article the interpretation of women’s rights is left to religious leaders – many of them under Iranian influence.

“The U.S. occupation has decided to let go of women’s rights,” Yanar Mohammed who campaigns for women’s rights in Iraq has said. “Political Islamic groups have taken southern Iraq, are fully in power there, and are using the financial support of Iran to recruit troops and allies. The financial and political support from Iran is why the Iraqis in the south accept this, not because the Iraqi people want Islamic law.”

With the new law has come the new lawlessness. Nora Hamaid, 30, a graduate from Baghdad University, has now given up the career she dreamt of. “I completed my studies before the invaders arrived because there was good security and I could freely go to university,” Hamaid tells IPS. Now she says she cannot even move around freely, and worries for her children every day. “I mean every day, from when they depart to when they return from school, for fear of abductions.”

Maha Sabria, professor of political science professor at Al-Nahrain University in Baghdad tells IPS that “women bear a double burden under occupation because we have lost a lot of freedom because of it. More men are now under detention, so now women bear the entire burden of the family.” And women, she says, are now under pressure to marry young in family hope that a husband will bring security.

There is 25 percent representation for women in parliament, but Sabria says “these women from party lists stand up to defend their party in the parliament, not for women’s rights.” For women in Iraq, the invasion is not over.

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The 1970 iraqi constitution, gave iraqi women equity and liberty unmatched in the muslim world. women's rights have fallen to the lowest level in iraq's history.

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