Thursday, March 09, 2006

Woman day in Iraq

This year the Ministry of Woman Affairs had a celebration in one of the Iraqi social clubs on the occasion of woman day in Iraq but sorry I wasn’t there nor was my brother, my brother was in a press conference held by the Organization of Woman Freedom in Iraq where they showed some drawings condemning the terrorism and the woman abuse in jail in the name of the law and I thought you would like to see some of those pictures. The drawings were made by the prisoners themselves inside the women prison in Iraq. The two events shared the same day but in a different way. I wrote this not to be against or with but I thought its something worth posting.


This picture was drawn by a prisoner mother who lost her daughter in a terrorist act while she is in prison.


One of the prisoners painted this picture and wrote "stop injustice against the Iraqi woman"



This one is asking the Muslims about the mercy of God upon the women because the devil is torturing them in the name of the law.



18 Comments:

At 2:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please tell us more about the conditions for Iraqi women in prison. How are they suffering? Do they receive decent food and medical care? Are they allowed to exercise and get some sunshine on their skin? Are they allowed to speak freely with each other? Can they write letters or make phone calls to their families? Is there decent sanitation? Do they get to take regular showers? Are they provided with lawyers to represent them in court? How long do they have to wait for a hearing? Are they given adequate space, or are they living in overcrowded conditions? Are they abused by male guards, or do they have female guards? Are they ever subject to torture to force confessions? Are pregnant women separated from their newborns? Are they allowed visitors? What are their crimes? Are they violent crimes or crimes against religion?

 
At 2:58 AM, Blogger DagneyT said...

The most blatant difference between the Muslim religion and the Christian religion (particularly Orthodox Christian) is the reverence of women in Christ's life. (Theotokos, Mother Mary, et al) My understanding of the Muslim religion is that women are mere vessels for men's needs, with no value as a human. Is that your understanding?

 
At 3:44 AM, Blogger Tequila said...

I too am wondering how many women are in jails and detention in Iraq. You very rarely hear about this issue at all in the U.S. Are there any statistics available?

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger Yaakov Kirschen said...

sooni,
you are one of the windows into iraq that many of us use to try to understand what is really happening. all of us understand that what we are given by the media is, somehow, tainted by media bias, fear, and special interests.
it makes guys like you just so much more valuable.
thank you,
peace, shalom, salaam,
Dry Bones
Israel's Poliical Comic Strip Since 1973

 
At 4:09 PM, Blogger Bill Baar said...

Thanks for sharing these.

 
At 1:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please keep on sharing your thoughts.

danish person

 
At 1:33 AM, Blogger Lynnette in Minnesota said...

Sooni,

I'm glad to see you back again. I was getting worried about you.

Thank you for the pictures. As an earlier commenter said, we don't hear much about this in our media.

 
At 11:32 PM, Blogger dcat said...

DagneyT said...
The most blatant difference between the Muslim religion and the Christian religion (particularly Orthodox Christian) is the reverence of women in Christ's life. (Theotokos, Mother Mary, et al) My understanding of the Muslim religion is that women are mere vessels for men's needs, with no value as a human. Is that your understanding?

I agree with Dagneyt!

Well sooni? Hmmmmmm!?

 
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At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a pity that all the great achievements of Iraqi women have been wiped away and forgotten even by women themselves in Iraq! They have forgotten that in the seventies we worked in all the scientific fields and in both the military and police. We got the UNESCO prize in 1979 for the complete eradication of illitracy. They operated the factories. They were almost completely in charge of the educational institutions as men were most of the time fighting here and there! It is also surprizing to me when I hear and read about the women liberation of freedom calls or mevements in iraq now-adays as we were never opressed by the law we had equal pay, equal opportunities, equal rights stipulated in the constitution in terms of education, work, ownership of properties and many other articles that manifest that Iraqi women enjoyed many privaliages. Nursaries, kindergartens and day care centres were opened in almost every neighbourhood so that women can go to work or study. I am a women and I hold an MSc. from the UK. I received my degree 25 years ago. We had 3 months of maternaty leave with full pay , followed by 6 months half pay and 2 years of leave without pay if we chose to take it or apply for it! Does this tell you something? I was the first to obtain this degree in my specialization. I am a muslim but never dressed in higab (Moslim dress) as I was always free to be dressed the way i wanted. Neither had seen my mother or aunts wear anything other than what they saw fit according to their beliefs. Certain of my female relatives wore the Higab and others did not. I mean to say that we were never forced into anything unless the husband or father or brother assumed the role of the oppressor. Our problem was never the government or the constitution. It was the people around and the male relatives in particular who played god. The only time I, as a women who is now about to turn 50 years old, felt opressed and humilated was when in the second half of the 80s men flt threatened and went to Saddam Hussein and said to him that women are becoming independent and more influencial because we are busy fighting and they are studying and working. That resulted into giving them the opportunity to decide who to marry if they accept in the first place! So he came out with a decree that iraqi women are not allowed to study abroad and were not allowed to travel without the permission of the male guardian of the family. In the 90s we were not even allowed to travel without being accompanied by the male guardian who is by Islamic law the father , brother, husband , uncle or son over 18 years of age. Women were not allowed to object since it was according to Islamic law and nobody in the whole world was able to object or else will be considered defying Islam and that is blasfomous in itself! Please people who read this do not think that i am painting a beautiful picture of the past under Saddam because a lot of negative cases and issues took place then but when compared to what is taking place now and the killings and abduction and rapeings No I would rather have his rule than the thugs ruling now! At least i drove around in my car even after midnight and nobody dared tell not to. I have not driven my car since May 2003 for fear of being kidnapped. My daughters were harressed after the occupation in 2003 for not wearing hijab at university by the students of the Islamic Studies Dept.
Shame on all those who claim that we are now liberated and down with all the backward clergy who claim to be incharge of Iraq now.

Resonance

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger Riot Starter said...

You should have kept updating...

 
At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Ali Kafir said...

Where are you?


Come back and blog.


Please.

 
At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 2:57 AM, Anonymous LiVeStrOng-iraqi lady said...

This article is encouraging to be discussed because I see Iraqi women are already in jail even if they aren't in real..have anyone asked "what's Iraqi women's life nowadays?" …I see nothing but GRILLES … on the other side I do believe that behind these grilles there are great CAPACITIES, these capacities can take a good role to let us stand again for the future..but…who cares?

 
At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, where are you?? are you alright??? someone let us know.

 
At 2:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dcat said...

DagneyT said...

The most blatant difference between the Muslim religion and the Christian religion (particularly Orthodox Christian) is the reverence of women in Christ's life. (Theotokos, Mother Mary, et al) My understanding of the Muslim religion is that women are mere vessels for men's needs, with no value as a human. Is that your understanding?

I agree with Dagneyt!

Well sooni? Hmmmmmm!?

Hmmmm. Mary, mother of Jesus(aka Maryam, mother of Isa) is revered in Islam as well. If you want to compare and contrast the roles of women in religion take a class. "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ingnorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." - Stephen Hawking

 
At 1:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are muslim women allowed conjugal visits?

Example:
http://www.mdoc.state.ms.us/visitation.htm

Every other altnating sunday with their man?

 
At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ingnorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." - Stephen Hawking

 

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