Marking International Women's Day

Iraqi leaders express support for women

BAGHDAD – Political leaders and ambassadors marked International Women’s Day by issuing statements in support of Iraqi women.

Former President Barham Salih, reflecting on the importance of women, invoked verses from the renowned Kurdish poet Sherko Bekas to mark the occasion.

“You are not just one day, You are the whole year! You are not merely a breeze on the eighth of March, Without you, who could exist! You are life!,” Salih quoted Bekas.

Ammar al-Hakim, the leader of the National Wisdom Movement, congratulated Iraqi women on International Women’s Day, highlighting his support for their roles within the family and the community, grounded in Islamic values and culture.

Al-Hakim emphasized advocating against violence towards women, supporting their rights, ensuring gender justice in family roles, and their leadership in society, all based on Islamic religious culture and values.

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Alina Romanowski praised Iraqi female journalists for their contributions to enriching the media landscape.

In a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), she stated, “Enjoyed sharing opinions with Iraqi women journalists for #InternationalWomensDay. Through their commitment to reporting truth despite personal risks and challenges, they have contributed to a more diverse and inclusive media landscape.”

The state of women’s rights in Iraq has been a focal point of concern and activism within the country and internationally. Despite legal frameworks aimed at ensuring equality and protection for women, challenges persist due to traditional societal norms, ongoing conflict, and political instability.

Iraqi women face significant hurdles in areas such as access to education, employment opportunities, and participation in public and political life. Violence against women, including domestic violence, remains a pressing issue, with efforts to introduce comprehensive laws to address these abuses encountering resistance.

However, there are signs of progress, with increasing awareness and advocacy for women’s rights, and efforts by various organizations and governmental bodies to improve the situation. The contributions of Iraqi women in various sectors, notably in the fight against violence and in promoting peace and community resilience, continue to be critical in shaping a more inclusive and equitable Iraq.