Iraqi women are suffering a silent
emergency’, trapped in a downward spiral of poverty, desperation and personal
insecurity despite an overall decrease in violence in the country, according to
a survey of 1,700 women in Iraq released today by international aid agency
The survey report, ‘In Her Own
Words: Iraqi women talk about their greatest concerns and challenges, is being
released on International Women’s Day to highlight the daily hardships women
are facing as a result of years of conflict.
The report also calls on the
government of Iraq to begin
a surge’ of investment into reviving Iraq’s social welfare and essential
services sectors now that the security situation, although still fragile, has
improved in recent months. Critical in this effort is robust support from the
international community. Such investment
would benefit the population as a whole, and perhaps none more than Iraq’s at risk
women, and in particular, women-headed-households.