Iraqi Women Face Increased Human Rights Violations in Post-Invasion Iraq
Iraqi women's rights are eroding instead of improving in post-invasion Iraq. Women's rights have had a prominent place in the Bush administration's democracy rhetoric, but in reality women and children have faced increased hardship since the invasion.
The weekly news blog Alive in Baghdad stated on Monday, "As the ongoing insecurity and instability in Iraq enters its sixth year, the situation of women sees few signs of improving."
Alternet reports that Iraq's poverty, malnutrition, lack of health services, and a crumbling infrastructure have hit women the hardest. Seventy percent of the internally displaced persons (IDPs), or refugees, are women and children. Political violence by religious extremists has also been committed against women as more rigid dress codes are being enforced. Kiani was still stoned to death on July 5, 2007. Ebrahimi's death was stayed due to the public outcry, and last week the Iranian judiciary amnesty commission released her from prison. funny picturesfunny imagesfunny photosfunny animal picturesfunny dog picturesfunny cat picturesfunny gifs
CNN reports that, after having decreased last summer, civilian deaths in Iraq skyrocketed in March to 923 civilians. According to UNICEF, the United Nations' children�s agency, modern war disproportionately affects women and children. There are more civilian casualties as a result of war today. The Iraq Body Count estimates that between 82, 625 and 90,149 civilians have been killed in Iraq since the invasion. Twenty percent of those deaths are women and children.
Media Resources: Alternet 03/31/08; Alive in Baghdad 03/31/08; UNICEF; Iraq Body Count 04/01/08; CNN 04/01/08
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .