2008 Iraq Report

2008 Iraq Report

Based on the findings of a fall 2007 survey of 1,513 Iraqi women, a new report from Women for Women International found that 85 percent of respondents described the situation in their country as bad or very bad, while 89 percent expressed a great deal of concern that they or someone living in their households would become a victim of violence. Funded in part by the Open Society Institute, the 2008 Iraq Report (36 pages, PDF) also found that 75 percent of respondents in Fallujah, Samarra, and Rawa did not believe the circumstances of women were being considered by those making decisions about Iraq's future. The report calls for the participation of women in formal decision-making structures to ensure that their interests are represented in all levels of society and stresses the need to restore infrastructure and improve education, safety, and economic opportunities for women.