Academic journal article The Middle East Women's Studies Review

AMEWS Statement on Iraq

Academic journal article The Middle East Women's Studies Review

AMEWS Statement on Iraq

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The Association of Middle East Women's Studies opposes the United States occupation of Iraq and calls for the United Nations to supervise the process of government formation and social reconstruction. We support a Peace and Reconciliation process similar to that of South Africa in which perpetrators of egregious human rights violations are given fair and open trials. The Iraqi people should conduct the trials under the auspices of the International Criminal Court. We urge a speedy return of the Iraqi government to the Iraqi people. Finally we call for the participation of Iraqi women in the political, social, and economic reconstruction of Iraq under the auspices of the United Nations and International Human Rights Law.

We are particularly concerned that Iraqi women have been conspicuously absent from the public debates on the formation of the new government and state structure of Iraq. Iraqi women have survived an oppressive regime and years of sanctions and warfare and are now in a precarious position. Many fear leaving their homes for lack of security in public spaces. Religious conservatives are threatening to impose a harsh legal system that would role back hard-won gains. Yet Iraqi women have made great strides in recent decades in all aspects of academic and professional life. They have become professors, teachers, engineers, scientists, artists, physicians, administrators, and elected officials. …

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