Iraq has suffered immense devastation and degradation after two decades of armed conflict and political instability. While this has far-reaching implications for the social fabric of the country, it has also increased the vulnerability of women. Women in Iraq remain underrepresented, excluded from peacebuilding negotiations and in the margins of politics.
This paper examines the existing legislative framework and policies adopted in Iraq regarding women’s participation in political and peacebuilding processes. Furthermore, it analyses whether or not existing laws protect and promote women’s rights, as well as identifies the areas that need to be improved.
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