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2/24/2005 - Report Finds Iraqi Women No Better Off
Iraqi women are no better off now than they were under the rule of former dictator Saddam Hussein according to a report released on Monday by Amnesty International....

1/31/2005 - Iraqi Women's Rights Dependent on Election Results
Iraqi women's rights leaders fear that Sunday's elections could result in the installation of religious extremists that could put women's lives at risk....

1/27/2005 - Survey Shows Widespread FGM in Northern Iraq
A German organization released a survey of villages in Kurdish-controlled Iraq that show that between 60-70 percent of the women have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM)....

1/25/2005 - Ashcroft Opts Out of Aiding Guatemalan Asylum Seeker
US Attorney General John Ashcroft will neither grant nor deny asylum to a Guatemalan woman who fled her country after ten years of abuse at the hands of her husband, including being raped, whipped with electrical cords, and threatened with death....

1/19/2005 - Iraqi Female Candidates Targeted for Violence
Women in Iraq are putting their lives at risk as candidates for political office in the upcoming elections....

1/5/2005 - Pentagon Issues New Policies to Prevent Sexual Assault in the Military
Following sexual assault scandals in Iraq and at the Air Force Academy, the Pentagon has issued new policies to prevent these types of crimes from occurring, to investigate cases more thoroughly, and to treat victims with more consideration....

1/3/2005 - Iraqi Women Forced to Wear Headscarves to Avoid Attacks by Fundamentalists
Since the US-led invasion in Iraq, more and more Iraqi women, both Muslim and Christian, are wearing headscarves in order to protect themselves from attacks by Muslim fundamentalists....

12/8/2004 - Governments Fail to Protect Women from Violence During War
A leading human rights group has issued a global call to action to challenge violence against women and the failure of governments to prevent it....

11/23/2004 - Female Hostages Released In Afghanistan and Iraq
Three United Nations election workers, two women and a man, were freed unharmed this morning after being abducted from a United Nations vehicle last month in Afghanistan....

11/17/2004 - Female Aid Worker Assassinated in Iraq
Margaret Hassan, the humanitarian aid worker who was kidnapped last month in Iraq, is believed to have been killed....

11/16/2004 - Despite Attacks and Threats, Iraqi Women Push For Rights
Iraqi women continue to be targets of Islamic extremism....

10/21/2004 - Gunmen Attack Bus Filled With Female Iraqi Airline Employees
Gunmen attacked a bus in Baghdad today carrying female employees of Iraqi Airways, killing one woman and injuring fourteen others....

10/19/2004 - Female Aid Worker Kidnapped in Iraq
The head of operations in Iraq for CARE International, a leading humanitarian aid organization, was kidnapped this morning....

7/26/2004 - Two Iraqi Women Killed While Working for Coalition Forces
Two Iraqi women working with British forces in Basra, Iraq were killed earlier this morning, July 26....

7/13/2004 - Women's Groups Demand Restoration of Critical Family Planning Funds
A massive effort organized by a broad-based coalition of women's rights and health organizations, environmentalists, HIV/AIDS organizations, and religious organizations joined together to call President Bush today to demand that he reinstate critical funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....

7/8/2004 - Afghan Elections Postponed; Female Election Worker Killed
The first post-Taliban elections that were scheduled to take place in September have been delayed due to slow voter registration and insecurity created by Taliban-like militia and so-called warlords....

6/29/2004 - Bush Policies on Iraq and Afghanistan Fail Women
Several leading women's groups released a scorecard grading the Bush Administration on its policies in Iraq and Afghanistan that affect women, including women's political participation, health, and security....

6/11/2004 - Pope Praises Bush on Anti-Abortion Efforts, HIV/AIDS
In a meeting at the Vatican last week, Pope John Paul II praised President Bush for his leadership against abortion rights in the United States....

6/3/2004 - Only Six Women Appointed to Iraqi Interim Government
Iraq's newly appointed Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, earlier this week announced the names of the US-backed interim government that will begin June 30....

6/3/2004 - Representatives Raise Concerns About Lack of Security in Afghanistan
At yesterday's House International Relations Committee hearing on US policy in Afghanistan, several Representatives pressed for more security and reconstruction funding in Afghanistan....

5/19/2004 - Report: Sexual Assault of Women in US Military Major Problem
The Department of Defense (DOD) released a report last week that found 112 cases of sexual assault of women in the military by their male counterparts over the past 18 months in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait....

5/17/2004 - Iraqi Women and Governing Council President Killed
The president of Iraqs Governing Council was killed this morning in a suicide bombing near the coalition headquarters, marking the second member of the Iraqi Governing Council to be assassinated....

5/14/2004 - Iraqi Female Prisoners Face Trauma Even After Release
Women's rights and human rights advocates fear that whether or not there was widespread sexual abuse of female prisoners in Iraq, the women who were imprisoned face even more problems upon release....

5/12/2004 - New Iraqi Electoral Commission Does Not Set Aside Seats for Women
On April 21 the Iraqi Governing Council agreed to establish an Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq....

4/2/2004 - Iraqi Female Minister Escapes Assassination
Earlier this week, Iraqs only female interim minister, Nasreen Barwari, escaped an assassination attempt near Mosul....