Thursday, 19 March 2009 03:00

The UN Opens Conference on Iraqi Women’s Rights

Baghdad/ The Dead Sea - 19 March 2009: The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) today opened a conference entitled “Still Paying the Price, Iraqi Women after Years of Wars, Sanctions and Internal Conflict” on strategies to promote women’s rights in Iraq.


“Over the years, the women of Iraq have borne the brunt of the effects of violence, conflict and sanctions”, said David Shearer the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in his opening remarks to the conference. “We have an obligation to make women the centre of Iraq’s recovery and ensure they thrive in their homes, schools, jobs and in public life”, he added.

The two day conference is organized through the UNAMI Human Right’s Office and attended by several high-level Iraqi officials, including the Acting Minister of Women’s Affairs, the Kurdistan Regional Government Minister of Justice and the Vice President of the European Union Parliament. Representatives from a number of human rights and women’s organizations from around the region including Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian territories are also attending.

The conference will produce a series of recommendations to Iraq’s Government and Parliament on issues holding back women’s equality in Iraq. It aims to set a strategy to improve women’s political participation and constitutional guarantees, and to address violence against women and the general impact of the conflict in Iraq on their well-being.

The project is implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services and funded through the UNDG/ITF.

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