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Developments In Iraq After United States Involvement

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Ask anyone about the current issues in Iraq and you will hear a multitude of answers, questions, remarks, backlash, and support for our countries involvement. Sure some things could have been done better, some things could have been avoided completely, but when you talk to someone who has personally witnessed 184 women setting themselves on fire in protest to the way men are treating them you can’t help but admire the change today. With the help of US and various foreign countries, Iraq is rebuilding itself from the ground up, repairing itself from previous dictatorship. There are three major concerns in Iraq, political freedom (including freedom of religion), women’s rights, and better education. These issues are far from being resolved, but they have also moved far from where they were before.
According to President Bush, the US is looking to help “build a government that answers to its people and honors their country’s unique heritage.” In doing so US troops are helping train military forces and elect leaders, who interestingly enough 85 are women, this coming from a country that dismissed women’s rights. Iyad Allawi, Iraq's Interim Prime Minister believes “that the unity of the country will be enhanced [and] will be strengthened by the process of an election.” The new government will consist of a 275 member Transitional National Assembly, a Presidency council, provincial councils and a Kurdistan National Assembly. Currently Iraq is working under a Interim constitution, but it is expected that the new government and permanent constitution should be in the works by the end of 2005.
Women in Iraq right this moment are creating landmark organizations for their equality. The organization of women’s freedom in Iraq (OWFI) has three main focuses, to establish women’s community centers, media and communications programs, as well as shelters specifically for women. The OWFI women’s centers bring women together from the wider community in order to strengthen women’s self esteem and leadership capacities as well as raise awareness about women’s rights. The media and communications program supports Al Mousawat, the most outspoken women’s rights newspaper in the country. In 2005, OWFI hopes to double Al Mousawat’s readership and production frequency as well as develop both radio and TV programs. All these media are intended to create social and political platforms for informing communities about the situation of women in Iraq and strategic opportunities for change (such as during the drafting of legislation). In addition to encouraging women to take active political and social roles these communication tools also inform women about activities of the OWFI centers and shelters. The women’s shelters protect women from violence and provide a critically needed safe haven from some of the most heinous forms of gender-based violence known as honour killings. The shelters also provide strength and security to women on their path to building self esteem...

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