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The Vagaries of Moral Progress (20): Gender Equality and Children’s Rights in Iraq

Martin Rowson on democracy in Iraq, 2008

Martin Rowson on democracy in Iraq, 2008

(source)

So, let me get this clear. We’ve had a military intervention in Iraq and a massive, decade long war, all in the name of democracy and rights, during which the US

[d]efeated a regime that developed and used weapons of mass destruction, that harbored and supported terrorists, committed outrageous human rights abuses, and defied the just demands of the United Nations and the world(source)

and

offer[ed] democracy and freedom to [Iraq’s] 25 million residents. (source)

But instead of all that, we now have pending legislation that would restrict women’s rights in matters of inheritance and parental and other rights after divorce, make it easier for men to take multiple wives, and allow girls to be married from age nine (9!).

It includes provisions that prohibit Muslim men from marrying non-Muslims, legalizes marital rape by stating that a husband is entitled to have sex with his wife regardless of her consent, and prevents women from leaving the house without permission from their husbands. The law would automatically grant custody over any child age two or older to the father in divorce cases, lower the marriage age to nine for girls and fifteen for boys, and even allow girls younger than nine to be married with a parent’s approval. … The draft law violates the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which Iraq ratified in 1986, by giving fewer rights to women and girls on the basis of their gender. It also violates the Convention on Rights of the Child, which Iraq ratified in 1994. (source)

Thank you very much! Really worth the trouble.

More posts in this series are here.

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