In this week's edition of The Nation, Katha Pollitt gives a damning critique of the Bush administration's failed promises to Iraqi women. Domestic violence and honor killings are on the rise in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan. Houzan Mahmoud, a representative of Global Fund grantee, the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq, told Pollitt, "The political climate in Iraq is such that anyone can carry out crimes against women...You can come upon women's bodies anywhere."
Life for Iraqis fleeing the violence in Iraq is also unstable, as they lack official refugee status, reports Nir Rosen in last weekend's New York Times magazine.
For more information on women's issues in Iraq, see MADRE's recent report Promising Democracy, Imposing Theocracy: Gender-Based Violence and the U.S. War on Iraq.