Two contrasting statements on the treatment of women during Saddam’s reign.


“…Women are back. Women, who enjoyed a high social status and levels of education under Saddam, saw terrible setbacks as Iraq fell into civil war…”


“…While Iraq in the 1950s was the first Arab country to name a woman minister and adopt a progressive family law, the leadership aspirations of women were mostly quashed under Saddam’s macho regime…”


Also in the second article is this:  “…one allows a rapist to largely escape punishment if he marries his victim…”

I don’t know any specifics about the law referenced in the article.

Further information on the treatment of women prior to the fall of Saddam: http://www.iraqiwomensleague.org/human_rights_watch_briefing_pape.htm


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