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Good thing the US "liberated" those poor Iraqi women. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br><a href="http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=24678" target="_blank">http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=24678</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">The state of Iraqi women has become a "national crisis" since the March 2003 US-led invasion, a report released by an international women's group said on Thursday.<br><br>
"Present day Iraq is plagued by insecurity, a lack of infrastructure and controversial leadership, <b>transforming the situation for women from one of <span style="text-decoration:underline;">relative autonomy and security</span> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">before the war</span> into a national crisis</b>," said the report by the US-based Women For Women International.<br><br>
According to the report, issued ahead of International Women's Day on March 8, <b>64 percent of the women surveyed said violence against them had increased.</b><br><br>
"When asked why, respondents most commonly said that <b>there is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">less</span> respect for women's rights than before, that women are thought of as possessions, and that the economy has gotten worse</b>," it said.<br><br>
The report also found <b>that 76 percent of the women interviewed said that girls in their families were forbidden from attending school.</b><br><br>
It said "68.3 percent of respondents describe the availability of jobs as bad and 70.5 percent said that their families are unable to earn enough money to pay for daily necessities."</td>
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