Yesterday's "All Things Considered" aired a report by Anne Garrels on this subject yesterday, January 29. I am grateful to Ellis Wisner and Chas Freeman for bringing it my attention and suggesting it might be of broader interest.
Iraqi Women Face Greater Danger, Fewer Rights
by Anne Garrels
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All Things Considered, January 29, 2008 · Most everyone in Iraq has suffered because of violence, but the lives of women have been, perhaps, affected the most.
Their right to go where and do what they wish has been dramatically restricted by the rise of Islamist parties and extremist groups.
Women's rights groups report that in the past six months, more than 100 women have been killed in the city of Basra for wearing make-up or what is deemed Western clothing. Those who dare to defend them have also been attacked and, in some cases, killed.