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Female Protest Leader Gunned Down In Iraq’s Basra

Female Protest Leader Gunned Down In Iraq’s Basra

A female activist was killed on Wednesday and three others wounded when unidentified gunmen opened fire on their car in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, security and health sources told Reuters. It was the third incident this week in which gunmen targeted an anti-government political activist, after one activist was killed and four others […]

Coronavirus Seen Delaying Justice For Iraqi Women Displaced By War

Coronavirus Seen Delaying Justice For Iraqi Women Displaced By War

Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Iraqi women forced to flee their homes during the war have still not been able to return and now face even longer delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, researchers warned on Monday. A study by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) found women were 11% more likely than men to face […]

After Losing Their Husbands To War, They Pick Up The Thread Of Their Fragmented Lives

After Losing Their Husbands To War, They Pick Up The Thread Of Their Fragmented Lives

Widows who lost their husbands during the conflict against Islamic State sew garments rebuild their lives In a workshop in a bombed-out factory in Mosul, Najlaa Abdelrahman joins scores of other women on a production line as they sew garments and try to knit their lives back together. The mother of three lost her husband […]

Britain To Put Women At Heart Of Peace Work In Iraq, Nigeria And South Sudan

Britain To Put Women At Heart Of Peace Work In Iraq, Nigeria And South Sudan

Britain announced on Tuesday it would be putting girls and women at the heart of its work to end conflict in nine countries including Iraq, Nigeria and South Sudan. “Empowering women and girls … improves peace and stability, economic growth and poverty reduction,” senior ministers said in a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and […]

Iraqi Children Pay High Health Cost Of War-Induced Air Pollution, Study Finds

Iraqi Children Pay High Health Cost Of War-Induced Air Pollution, Study Finds

Air pollution caused by war may be a major factor in the numbers of birth defects and cancers being reported in Iraq and other war zones, a study has suggested. Human exposure to heavy metals and neurotoxicants from the explosion of bombs, bullets, and other ammunition affects not only those directly targeted by bombardments but […]

Little Respite For Iraqis Displaced By Mosul Fighting

Little Respite For Iraqis Displaced By Mosul Fighting

Aid agencies are warning that northern Iraq is in dire need of support due to a renewed offensive in the area, a funding slowdown and the threat of more attacks on the region’s cities, which are likely to result in hundreds of thousands more people being displaced. The UN said camps for displaced people are […]

Millions of Iraqi Children Repeatedly And Relentlessly Targeted, Says UN

Millions of Iraqi Children Repeatedly And Relentlessly Targeted, Says UN

One in every five children in Iraq is at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence and recruitment into armed groups, while nearly 1,500 have been snatched from the streets or their homes since 2014, says a new report (pdf). The UN children’s agency, Unicef, says 3.6 million children face this litany of risks – […]

UN Campaign Highlights Unsung Work Of Women in Middle East Peace-Building

UN Campaign Highlights Unsung Work Of Women in Middle East Peace-Building

Seeking to help a region plagued by war and violence, the UN has unveiled a campaign to highlight the role of women in peace-building and conflict resolution – hoping that their largely unsung work in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Palestine will inspire others. A series of five films commissioned by UN Women is entitled […]