Saturday, March 08, 2008

Women bear brunt of Iraq bloodshed

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)

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