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Mapping Arab Women's MovementsA Century of Transformations from Within$
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Pernille Arenfeldt and Nawar Al-Hassan Golley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164989

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164989.001.0001

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The Iraqi Women's Movement: Past and Contemporary Perspectives

The Iraqi Women's Movement: Past and Contemporary Perspectives

(p.93) 4 The Iraqi Women's Movement: Past and Contemporary Perspectives
Mapping Arab Women's Movements

Nadje Al-Ali

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter maps the Iraqi women's movement in terms of its historical development and current activities and challenges. Against a brief discussion of the early women's movement in Iraq in the first part of the twentieth century, I will introduce the Iraqi Women's League which was active prior and during the revolution of 1958-a revolution that turned Iraq from a monarchy to a republic. The next section of this chapter deals with the long period of Ba'th rule (1968-2003) and discusses both the changing gender policies of the regime and the role of the General Federation of Iraqi Women. In the final part of this chapter, I will address the current post-invasion context in terms of the initial mushrooming of women's organizations, and their aims and activities, as well as the specific challenges and issues facing women's rights activists in contemporary Iraq.

Keywords:   Iraq, Iraqi, Saddam Hussein, women, movement, activism, invasion, Ba'th, feminist

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