Iraqi women continue to bear the brunt of the Iraq war as religious intolerance becomes commonplace and their rights are ripped away. Women-owned businesses all over Iraq are being closed, violence toward women has sharply increased, and nearly 70% of Iraqi women are now forbidden from attending school.
An Iraqi seamstress takes the measures of a woman in order to make her a dress at her workshop in central Baghdad. According to a report issued ahead of International Women's Day on March 8, 64 percent of Iraqi women surveyed said violence against them had increased.(AFP/File/Ali Yussef)