While women’s rights were deteriorating under Saddam with the wars in Iran and the invasion of Kuwait (leading to the first Gulf War), and further worsened by the sanctions put in place by the United Nations, they have not improved much in the new Iraq.
Women were in Tahrir Square in Cairo when the Mubarak regime was brought down over two years ago. Today they remain, despite reports of attacks of horrific acts of sexual violence against them, they are continuing to stand their ground in protest of the Muslim Brotherhood. In Iraq’s Sunni provinces where some are saying could bring forth an “Arab Spring” in Iraq, women are nowhere to be found. It is a worrying sight indeed when half of society has disappeared.
What will become of Iraq and the women of Iraq in the next ten years? We can only hope that women continue the fight for their rights and the rights of their daughters, for this is a dangerous and trying path the nation on.