Iraqi women on elections: “A Cruel Joke”

Check out Why I am not taking part in these phoney elections, by Houzan Mahmoud, the UK head of Women’s Freedom in Iraq.
You had me at “phoney elections.”

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4 Comments

  1. Posted January 28, 2005 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Women’s rights in Iraq will definately be restricted, but more importantly in the long term women’s rights seem to be a concern not voiced by many leading “Iraqi politicians” or American stooges… In the long term the United States simply MUST do more to promote women’s rights in the Middle East.

  2. CaptDMO
    Posted January 29, 2005 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to think that in the long run the Iraqis must decide to do more to promote womans rights in Iraq.
    How, exactly, is it the onus of the US to do that? I’d like to think that facilitating the means of democracy would be enough.

  3. jackie
    Posted January 30, 2005 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know about this. I totally opposed this ill-advised war, but when I see pictures like this (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?g=events/wl/012805iraqelection&a=&tmpl=sl&ns=&l=1&e=1&a=0&printer=) and this (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/050131/photos_wl/mdf841528&e=2&ncid=) I feel happy and proud, much like I did when I volunteered on election day last year. I mean, thousands of people, men and women, turning out despite threats and violence, *just to have their voices heard*. For the first time in half a century. I just think it’s awesome.

  4. Olivia
    Posted January 30, 2005 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

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