Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Democracy GWB? Democracy for who? What, the little women in Iraq don't need y'all's democracy?

Bastards. Democracy. Bastards. Democracy.
That's a refrain that keeps bleeping through my thoughts everytime I read about the GWB's war. And I am sure all females young and old, in Iraq, keep repeating a similar refrain about his Iraqi by way of corporate Texas brand of democracy.

Now, the Unconstitution of Iraq could set them back even further than they are already. From Human Rights Watch:
Iraqi Constitution Must Not Erode Women's Rights(New York, July 28, 2005) --

Iraq's permanent constitution should not erode the rights of women, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the chairman of the constitutional drafting committee. The committee is due to transfer the draft constitution to the Iraqi National Assembly by August 15 for debate and approval.
"Members of the drafting committee will have to decide whether to protect women's rights or erode them for political gain," said Janet Walsh, acting Women's Rights director at Human Rights Watch. "We strongly urge them to make the right choice and to advance basic rights for women." Iraq's interim constitution, also known as the Temporary Administrative Law, contained an equal protection clause guaranteeing all Iraqi citizens the equal protection of the law as well as a provision granting Iraqi women a substantial number of seats in parliament. Human Rights Watch said that it is vital that these important guarantees not be rolled back in the new permanent constitution now being drafted.
"The interim constitution is not a perfect document," said Walsh. "It failed explicitly to guarantee women equal rights in the family and in society more broadly, but members of the drafting committee now have a chance to ensure that these guarantees are spelled out in the new constitution."

from Women for Women International:
Women’s rights in Iraq are being threatened in a draft of the new Iraq Constitution. If the proposed constitutional language is adopted, it would affect the future of Iraq and all aspects of women’s lives -- social, political and economic. As the August 15th deadline for the Constitution approaches, we need your help to raise awareness and share the voices of Iraqi women. Click here now to see what you can do.
In the past 13 years of working exclusively with women in post-conflict regions, I have concluded that to build stronger nations you need to build stronger women, from the grassroots up. When women prosper, countries thrive. In nations overcoming war and conflict, when women are protected and engaged as full citizens, the entire country fares better. Stronger women lead to stronger nations.
In our own January 2005 survey, 1,000 Iraqi women said loud and clear that they do not want their rights taken away. An overwhelming 94 percent said that they wanted to secure legal rights for women and more than 90 percent expressed their hope for the future.


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