Iraq's Hidden Treasure)UR OPINIONS REQ'D)

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  1. ابن نفل

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    Published: December 3, 2003
    NYTimes ... BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq has many capable women ready to lead the country toward democracy. Yet women are severely underrepresented in the leadership established for the transition. As plans for a new governing structure are developed, the Iraqi Governing Council and the Coalition Provisional Authority should ensure women their rightful place at the decision-making table.

    Many Iraqi women are well-educated — doctors, lawyers and engineers who are already leaders in their communities. And regardless of education, women in Iraq are often heads of households who have kept their families and their country moving despite decades of war and severe abuse under the Saddam Hussein regime.

    Yet we two are the only women on the 25-member Governing Council. (A third, Akila al-Hashimi, was assassinated in September and her seat has not been filled.) Nisrin Barwari, the minister of public works, is the only woman among the government agency heads named in September. Among thousands of judges throughout Iraq fewer than 15 are women, and some are facing opposition to their appointments to the bench on the basis of gender. At the district and local level, especially in areas where officials have been chosen in general elections, the situation is a bit better: the Baghdad City Advisory Council has 6 women among 37 members.

    As part of a delegation of female Iraqi professionals who met with President Bush and his advisers last month, we pointed out approaches used around the world to ensure that women's voices are heard. The best-known successes of women's inclusion come from the Nordic countries: women constitute nearly 40 percent of Parliaments in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, where parties have created their own quota systems to ensure a diversity of nominees.

    But there are lesser-known models: Argentina has 30 percent quota for women candidates in national elections; India requires that one-third of seats in local municipal bodies be reserved for women; Uganda reserves one seat in each of its parliamentary districts for women. One of the more innovative systems for women's inclusion has emerged from the Rwanda civil war — the country has set aside nearly one-third of the 80 seats in its lower house of Parliament for women, who are elected in a separate women-only election. Women now make up 49 percent of the Rwandan Parliament, the highest percentage in the world.

    How can these sorts of innovations be adapted for Iraq? The United States could work with us to ensure that the Governing Council sets aside slots for women in all levels of government and in the constitutional drafting process in proportion to their percentage of the population; makes good on its previous pledge to appoint at least five women as deputy ministers of government agencies; increases the number of women on the Governing Council and its successor provisional government and ensures that these women have a leadership role in building a new government and appointing senior government officials; guarantees equal rights and opportunities for women in the constitution and all related laws; and creates a gender advisory council that reports to the head of state and has the authority and responsibility to make sure that women's concerns are represented.

    The women of Iraq are ready, willing and able to lead. Only by making certain that they are allowed to participate can the United States and Iraqi Governing Council plant seeds of inclusion that will foster security, democracy and stability.


    By RAJA HABIB KHUZAI and SONGUL CHAPOUK

    >>>>>>>>>>>

    Both are Iraqi Kurds & members of the Iraqi Governing Council
     
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  3. ابن نفل

    ابن نفل قلم فضي

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    MY COMMENTS ON THE ARTICLE

    I'm NOT surprised to learn about "Iraq's Hidden Treasure" of educated women. Similar Treasures < especially in Yemen & Saudi Arabia, are being hidden due to our leaders' & Arab's suppression of women

    The writers' plea & appeal for support from the U.S. Quote(((("The U.S. could work with us to insure that the governing council sets aside slots for women in all levels of government...")))) unquote


    I ask, what is the situation in the United States??? Feminists here (and other critical analysts) have noted that the Bush administration is of an Extreme Christian Fundamentalist IDEOLOGY, not the ideal ally for Iraq's women who are seeking a greater role in their country's
    business
     
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  5. Di7bash

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    Re: MY COMMENTS ON THE ARTICLE

    نص مقتبس من رسالة : ابن نفل
    come oooooooooooooooooooooooon
    we are not gonna blame our leaders for everything
    and i guess that female suppression in arab world is actually non-existance
    ( and many poeple go whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?this guy is crazy) arabic women like the way they are and they don't want their situation to change
    they like staying at home and getting everything they want from the man
    ya3ne yeddala3o
    i mean think about it guys
    would you work if you don't have to work?????????????? i don't think so

    and they few ladies who are against the idea of staying at whome and living laveda loca did make it without any resistance from there families

    so basically we can't say that we women are suppressed in the arab world because actually thats what they want
    i am sure they don't want to wear blue jeans and go to work in a factory everyday like western ladies


    by the way and while we are at it some poeple understand that feminism means giving men and women equal rights nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    thats wrong

    feminism is appreciating women for what she do
    for example a house wife a women who decides to spend her life raising her children the right way
    feminists don't want her to leave her family and find a job just to be equal with the man but they actually want the man to appreciate what she does and don't consider that a weakness in her.



    i liked this topic
    thanks ibn nafl
    i will be back soon
     
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  7. ماجدولين

    ماجدولين مشرفة سابقة مشرف سابق

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    Re: Re: MY COMMENTS ON THE ARTICLE

    نص مقتبس من رسالة : Di7bash
    [color=660066]I agree with u Di7bash,,,,,,
    but belive me that not all the women satisfy with their situation and many of them like to work in the suitable feilds ,,,,,,,,but sometimes it's hard to confess the family especially if they r not well educated :(

    Sometimes i feel that the Yemeni Women r oppressed :(

    nice topic Ibn Nafl :)
    I'll Be Back ;) [/color]
     
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  9. أبو يمن اصلي

    أبو يمن اصلي قلم فضي

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    I believe the matter is a Question of Identity and recognition
    Women may not need to work, may not want to work, but need to be recognized

    I didn't have the chance to read well through Ibn Nafl's apparently great topic, so, I can't say more

    But I WILL BE BACK
    just like you all guys:D
     
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  11. Di7bash

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    [color=FF0000]Women may not need to work, may not want to work, but need to be recognized[/color]


    and thats what the feminist really want
    and apparently many poeple misunderstand them
     
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  13. Di7bash

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    [color=FF0000]but sometimes it's hard to confess the family especially if they r not well educated [/color]

    i do agree with you mag
    but i also believe that if there is will there is always a way
    ;)
     
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  15. جراهام بل

    جراهام بل مشرف سابق

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    Dear ibn nafl
    Actually I have another point of view at this point.Well.there’s a simple question I would like to direct to all Americans citizens.The question is “why during the whole entire governments of the United State Of America since the independence day up until now there wasn’t never ever any woman who governed the states??????”

    I think it’s a logical question to direct.They believe that women’s ability to lead such a super power country has limits that can’t overstep them.We can call it the scary specter of beating.Nowdays.they want to profiteer the word “democracy” in their personal purposes which is to give the chance for women to lead iraq!Why don’t they try first and then we will follow them.On the other hand,and as Di7bash said,we cann’t blame Arabic leaders.They have their ideologies and the Americans don’t have the right to interpost themselves in our affairs.The cowboys will still cowboys even if they reached the moon.This is what we call it in our lovely country “yemen” D7bsha loooool.Sorry for that but I really hate the Americans and I hate their politics towards the Middle East.

    regards
     
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  17. ابن نفل

    ابن نفل قلم فضي

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    Di7bash << ur comments r really great .. I have to read it
    twice .. I have a feeling that ur PA PA is a Govenment official>> correct me if I'm wrong

    ماجدولين << I wish to have more of ur professional comments ... what u have said is not enough for
    a distinguished educated girl like u


    أبو يمن اصلي << ur comments r urgently required
    I thought u will be the first to give a professional
    comments that we always have from u


    عادل أحمد >> تعقيبك في صميم الموضوع << لله درك
    u know Adel .. one of the reason of Bush's
    Admin. to declare war on Iraq is to liberate Iraq's
    women from Saddam's suppression

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Thank u all for ur comments

    I WILL RETURN
    PRONTO
     
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  19. Di7bash

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    [color=FF0000]Di7bash << ur comments r really great .. I have to read it
    twice .. I have a feeling that ur PA PA is a Govenment official>> correct me if I'm wrong[/color]


    Well i guess this is beyond the scope of the topic
    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    You know what
    i will answer you
    ;) :D

    Unfortunately, you were WRONG
    My "PA PA" which i would really appreciate it if you refer to him as father or dad
    has never worked for the government
    He owns his own business

    Salam

    P.s I liked your reply adel
     

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