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May 1, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Iraq, Kuwait, Yemen
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"In Egypt, around 40% of the population marry a cousin; the last survey in Jordan, admittedly way back in 1992, found that 32% were married to a first cousin; a further 17.3% were married to more distant relatives. Rates are thought to be even higher in tribal countries such as Iraq and the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Kuwait" (para 3).
May 1, 2018, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"Women are often forced to marry their rapist to protect family honor and avoid societal shame" (para 9).
May 1, 2018, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Iraqi women are ramping up pressure to abolish a law that lets rapists off the hook if they marry their victims" (para 1).
May 1, 2018, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Iraqi women are ramping up pressure to abolish a law that lets rapists off the hook if they marry their victims…Activists plan to demonstrate and use billboards to condemn the controversial law ahead of May parliamentary elections" (para 1-2).
April 10, 2018, 11:10 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

According to the Institute of Inclusive Security, Iraq launched their national action plan in 2014 and it expires in 2018 (MB-Coder Comment).
April 4, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Sabiha, who is now 35 years old was pressured to marry a 70-year-old man with three children, some of them her same age and who treat her badly" (para 3).
April 4, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Marry-your-rapist exemption, polygamy, 'child marriage'. There is a disturbing pattern in Iraq in the last few months and years, with Parliamentarians proposing and backing laws that encourage violence and discrimination against women and girls" (para 4).
April 4, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"The Coalition, including MP Intisar Aljubory, along with Women for Peace in Iraq, continues to campaign and raise awareness of parliamentarians, civil society and judges about the issue [of abolishing the 'marry your rapist' law" (para 4).
April 4, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Last year, Parliamentarian Intisar Aljubory submitted a proposal to repeal Article 398 supported by 66 of her fellow MPs. Moreover, in October 2017, the coalition sent a letter to the Iraqi Speaker of the House demanding repeal of Article 398" (para 4).
April 4, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"But even after an eventual divorce, Sabiha’s life did not get any better. Her older sisters and brothers didn’t accept her decision to divorce and refuse to give her any physical or mental support" (para 3).
April 4, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"Through Article 398 of Iraq’s Penal Code No. 111 of 1969, which effectively encourages this practice, Sabiha, a once energetic and highly motivated woman, was re-victimized while her rapist escaped all punishment by marrying her" (para 2). "Last year, Parliamentarian Intisar Aljubory submitted a proposal to repeal Article 398 supported by 66 of her fellow MPs. Moreover, in October 2017, the coalition sent a letter to the Iraqi Speaker of the House demanding repeal of Article 398. However, it is still pending" (para 4).
April 4, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"One night, while Sabiha, a 32-year-old woman, was working late at her medical laboratory job, the security guard - a relative of hers - raped her. As if that wasn’t traumatic enough, her family and community pressured her into marrying her rapist to remove the stigma they believe her rape placed on her family’s 'honor'...rather than a criminal attack on Sabiha, the rape was seen as an attack on the family’s reputation, which they felt could only be lessened by marrying her off" (para 2).
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Isis fighters established a system of sexual slavery, claiming that the rape of non-Muslims was a form of worship. They set up markets in several towns where girls as young as nine were put up for auction to militants, with owners often trading women again online" (Para 9).
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Domle, along with many Yazidis, began asking why their religious traditions gave extremists the very power they most craved: the ability permanently to exclude believers from their faith and family. He was soon part of a group determined to challenge the doctrine with which they had grown up, convinced that any women who escaped should be welcomed, not shunned. 'This was a very profound change,' says Domle, who is full of nervous energy. “'There are no comparisons in our history'" (Para 29).
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"One recent late afternoon, one of these groups emerged, solemn and silent, shivering slightly as their headscarves, wet from the sacred pool, caught the evening breeze. All were survivors of Islamic State’s slave markets, where women are bought and sold. Inside the cave, they had prayed, washed their heads and faces, and been born again into the faith of their childhood" (Para 3). "Isis fighters established a system of sexual slavery, claiming that the rape of non-Muslims was a form of worship. They set up markets in several towns where girls as young as nine were put up for auction to militants, with owners often trading women again online" (Para...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Isis fighters established a system of sexual slavery, claiming that the rape of non-Muslims was a form of worship. They set up markets in several towns where girls as young as nine were put up for auction to militants, with owners often trading women again online" (Para 9). "In Palmyra, the women and their children were held in a large house, and every day militants took a few to the slave market for sale, returning with any who had not found a buyer by evening" (Para 15). "Palmyra is surrounded by desert, so there was nowhere to hide and no way to avoid the roads. By midday, Isis had recaptured...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"A month later, after Nour refused to convert and marry Abu Orfman, he lost interest and sold her on. There was one more sale before a Yazidi ally, posing as a slave trader from Raqqa, bought Nour and her children freedom. 'He looked like an Isis militant – he wore their clothes, and had a beard and something covering his face,' Nour remembers. But as he drove them away, he revealed he was taking them to her family. 'I told him I couldn’t believe he wasn’t Isis, but he said: ‘This beard is fake. I only wear it to save women and girls''" (Para 24).
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Domle and other campaigners knew they would have to convince the Yazidis’ supreme spiritual leader, Khurto Hajji Ismail. Known to believers as Baba Sheikh, he is over 80 and frail, but his authority is undimmed. The complex where he lives and hosts visitors, a kind of Yazidi Vatican, is a disconcertingly ordinary concrete courtyard home on the backstreets of the nearest large village to Lalish. It was here that Baba Sheikh met the first two women to escape from Isis, and decided to jettison centuries of tradition, declaring them still members of the faith. 'We brought them to Baba Sheikh’s house, and he welcomed them,' Domle says. 'He said: ‘Don’t...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-6

"The Yazidi faith is theologically diverse, with strands of Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism. It is strictly closed, so a child must be born a Yazidi to worship as one, and adults must marry a Yazidi to build a family in the faith. Any sexual contact with a nonbeliever means banishment, a strict bar that treats rape no differently from a consensual relationship. The faith is thought to date back as early as 1200, though some argue its roots go even further back. Violence against Yazidis has been so frequent over the centuries that their word for attempted extermination – ferman – long predates the coining of its English equivalent, genocide"...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"A voice message from her father finally convinced Nour that her ordeal was over. She remembers the fierce joy of that moment, but also the fear that replaced it as she sped away from Isis territory. Now that she had won the battle to survive, she faced the looming question of whether she would ever really be able to go home; under Yazidi religious law, the women seized and raped by Isis should be evicted from their faith and permanently ostracised from their communities. The Yazidi faith is theologically diverse, with strands of Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism. It is strictly closed, so a child must be born a Yazidi to...more
Jan. 15, 2018, 9:10 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"For women’s rights activists in Iraq, the proliferation of child marriage is a consequence of the generalized impoverishment, insecurity and the absence of functioning state’s institutions. The proposed reform would just legitimate this already widespread practice" (para 13).
Jan. 15, 2018, 9:10 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Activists from different platforms, like the Iraqi Women Network, Iraqi Women Journalist’s Forum and Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, have pushed for progressive reforms of the personal status code rather than its questioning along regressive lines. An international campaign — launched by academics, activists and individuals (including this author) — started a petition demanding the parliament speaker and Iraqi MPs reject these changes" (para 4).
Jan. 15, 2018, 9:10 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"If approved, the amendments will affect marriage inside the civil court that provides legal protection for women from polygamy and different forms of abuse" (para 3).
Jan. 15, 2018, 9:10 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Earlier this month, Iraq’s parliament received amendments to its constitution that — if approved — will fundamentally change Iraqi women’s legal rights. The amendments include sectarian religious laws — breaking with the current law based on Sunni and Shiite jurisprudence" (para 1). "Proposing to adopt a sectarian system breaks with the political legacy that the Iraqi personal status code is meant to represent. Originally championed by prominent feminists and the anti-imperialist, secular left, they fought for its establishment in 1959 to protect women’s rights outside of sectarian divides" (para 10). "Changing the personal status code in this way would bring Iraq’s legal environment back to the period when the country...more
Jan. 15, 2018, 9:10 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ATDW-LAW-5

"In such an environment of generalized sectarian violence — and marked by the dominance of sectarian and religious conservative forces — the existing personal status code is inclusive, uniting Sunnis and Shiites under one legal framework and granting women essential rights, like the right to divorce in cases of domestic violence and abuse" (para 5).
Jan. 15, 2018, 9:10 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"One of the proposed amendments could allow child marriages of girls at age nine" (para 2).
Dec. 21, 2017, 1:51 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"FGM/C is an ongoing practice in Kurdistan. Although there are organisations working to abolish it, many young women are afraid to share their stories or speak out because they are afraid of what would happen to them and to their families and those involved in the ritual of FGM" (Slide 12). "The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has ordered all girls and women between the ages of 11 and 46 in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations reported. 'It is a fatwa (or religious edict) of ISIS, we learnt,' said Jacqueline badcock, an U.N. official in Iraq. She estimated that...more
Dec. 21, 2017, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"In Kurdistan the parliament passed a law in 2011 banning the practice of FGM" (Slide 30).
Dec. 21, 2017, 1:44 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

According to a table, in Iraqi Kurdistan 8% of women have been cut" (Slide 5). "It is estimated that 9 per cent of Iraq's women [in Kurdistan], aged between 15 and 49 have been subjected to FGM/C" (Slide 12).
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Another medical professional in Kirkuk who is providing social support to women and children who have been traumatized by their experience under ISIS said that services provided by the federal government focus on pharmacological treatment, not on psychosocial therapy and counseling" (para 11). "But it has not yet been able to provide more long-term psychosocial support and other services for survivors of gender-based violence, because it is struggling to find female staff with the needed language skills, experience, and professional qualifications" (para 12). "Providing adequate mental health care and psychosocial support is a complex and long-term challenge. The KRG government, Iraqi central government, UN agencies, and others involved need to...more