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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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<div style="font-style:italic;">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">:</div>
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I do not think that USA forced the conservative views on women? It is the global phenomen of fundamentalist Islam that is rising fast and for some reason people in USA do not see this. Even in places where religions used to live in peace there are now rising problems.<br>
For example in Kosovo where different religions lived in peace and now Jewish and Christian minorities are having huge problems. And when people are interviewed the answer is always the same - the Saudi lead 'missionary' work. They are pooring money to this.<br><br>
Same thing is happening in many Asian muslim countries and former soviet states.<br><br>
It is truly scary.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I do not think that USA forced the conservative views on women?</div>
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No, but the US created the instability and took away the mainly secular government. We are not blameless in this.<br><br>
By waging an unjust war against a Muslim (albeit secular) nation, you're just asking the fundies to come out and defend them.<br><br>
Did you see the article in the NYTimes on how many Iraqi youth are becoming less religious these days?? I can't find the link right now but I posted it on Sunday.
 

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I'm sure American warfare in/against Muslim countries have a lot to do with this. The American "war on terror" has basically defined Muslims and Islam as a potential danger everywhere. I'm sure this is very acutely felt by Muslims all over the world, and is making them want to defend their identity, thereby encouraging and giving room for reactionary tendencies. Restrictions on women's freedom, including self-imposed restrictions on clothing and manners, as is becoming more prevalent in Europe, is a consequence of this.
 
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