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  5/28/2012, Sivan 7, 5772

HU Research: Iraqi Women Worse Off than Under Sadam


Women in Iraq are worse off now, since the departure of allied forces, than they were under Sadam Hussein, according to a book launched, Monday morning, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Women in Iraq: Past Meets Present, written by Dr. Noga Efrati of the university's Truman Institute, shows that Iraq's Personal Status Law of 1959 (which deals with issues of divorce, marriage and custody of the children) which Iraqi activists had worked on for fifty years, has essentially been canceled. While representing 60 percent of the population, women were granted only a quarter of the seats in the Iraqi parliament in 2005. The book reflects Dr. Efrati's research between 2006 and 2011.