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SSI: Iraq, Women’s Empowerment, and Public Policy

Author: Sherifa D. Zuhur
December 2006


Strategic Studies Institute report on the empowerment of women in post-Saddam Iraq. It identifies security and economic obstacles to change, and says that women's rights depend heavily on local interpretations of personal status, penal, and other legal codes.

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Author: Isobel Coleman
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Isobel Coleman discusses the effects of Iraq's Jaafari Personal Status Law, highlighting how the law could erode women's rights and...