Years of war and insecurity in Iraq have had a devastating impact on society generally, and women in particular. Majid Ahmed Salih discusses the issues of gender inequality under Iraqi law, widowhood and orphanhood as results of war, and the exploitation of Iraqi women in the international sex industry.
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"Filing nervously into a sports hall in Mosul, northern Iraq, around 20 girls prepared to practice gymnastics. Compared to their male counterparts at Mosul University's Faculty of Sport, their number is small. Another difference is that the gates to the sports hall were locked behind them and an announcement made that the hall was exclusively allocated for women," writes Suha Audah, one of the winners of the UN's first journalist competition for Iraqi women.
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Nadje Al-Ali is Professor of Gender Studies at The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
In addition, she is head of the Association of Middle East Women's Studies (AMEWS), a member of the Feminist Review Collective and the anti-war organisation Women in Black UK, as well as co-founder of Act Together: Women's Action for Iraq.
Her research interests span the fields of gender theory; feminists activism; women and gender in the Middle East; trans-national migration; and war, conflict and reconstruction.
Nadje Al-Ali’s many publications include the following titles:
We Are Iraqis. Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War (2012), Syracuse University Press, (red., med Deborah Al-Najjar)
What kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (2009), University of California Press (med Nicola Pratt)
Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives (2009), Zed Books (med Nicola Pratt)
Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present (2007), Zed Books
New Approaches to Migration (2002), Routledge (red., med Khalid Koser)
Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East (2000), Cambridge University Press
Gender Writing - Writing Gender (1994), The American University in Cairo Press
In addition, Nadje Al-Ali has contributed to a number of periodicals and reports, most recently Middle East Report 2013: Iraq Ten Years Later, published by the Middle East Research and Information Project.
In 2002, Nadje Al-Ali wrote the following: “The women’s movements in the different countries of the Middle East have historically progressed in different ways. But despite this, they have a number of things in common: their association with national movements, their relation and links to modernisation and development processes, and tensions between secular and religious currents.”
Three Iraqi women journalists have been selected as winners of a United Nations contest which seeks to highlight the everyday challenges faced by women living in the Middle Eastern country.
The stories submitted by Suha Audah, Enas Jabbar and Shatha al-Shabibi were selected by an independent panel for their depiction of women’s situation in Iraq.
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"والعالم يقترب من عيد المرأة العالمي قدمت وزيرة شؤون المرأة في العراق تصريحاتها المسيئة لكل نساء العراق معبرة بذلك عن جزء مهم من رأي وممارسات الحكومة ورئيس مجلسها إزاء المرأة والحريات الديمقراطية!"