Murad's disturbing personal account is part of her effort, represented by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, to bring Islamic State members to justice for war crimes and genocide against the Yazidi people. It's not easy. When the Islamic State swept into northern Iraq inthousands of Yazidis were killed and thousands more were kidnapped, including women and girls who were taken as sex slaves.
By Shatha Al-Shabibi This is a story about murderers, victims and witnesses. The murderers are persons without virtue, but who talk about virtue all the time, and the victims are persons without vices, but the hunger has drawn a path for them and made them believe that it is the path of righteousness. The witnesses are full of fear, fear of scandal and punishment.
Militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS have enslaved and sexually brutalized scores of women, selling them into marriage or giving them as gifts to militant fighters, according to a new report. Since August, ISIS has captured hundreds, if not thousands of Yezidi women and girls and taken them into sexual slavery as part of an ethnic cleansing movement, the Amnesty International report says. The Yezidis are a Kurdish ethnoreligious minority group that has been historically oppressed by Sunni extremists.
Two sex tapes purporting to feature women MPs have been posted on social media, according to Alice Walpole, a senior official in the U. Both women said the tapes were fake but one of them, Intidhar Ahmed Jassim, withdrew from the election last month. Another candidate came under fire for an outfit she wore after a video from her mobile phone was put on social media after it was stolen. Posters of women candidates have also been vandalized, according to activists, with beards and moustaches drawn on their faces in some cases.
The status of women in Iraq at the beginning of the 21st century is affected by many factors: wars most recently the Iraq Warsectarian religious conflict, debates concerning Islamic law and Iraq's Constitutioncultural traditions, and modern secularism. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi women are widowed as a result of a series of wars and internal conflicts. Women's rights organizations struggle against harassment and intimidation, while they work to promote improvements to women's status in the law, in education, the workplace, and many other spheres of Iraqi life, and to curtail abusive traditional practices such as honor killings and forced marriages.
T he slave market opened at night. We could hear the commotion downstairs where militants were registering and organising, and when the first man entered the room, all the girls started screaming. It was like the scene of an explosion.
Women's representation in political decision-making continues to rise slowly, with slight improvements sinceaccording to the data presented in the edition of the biennial IPU-UN Women map of Women in Politics. The map was launched at a press conference during the Commission on the Status. This short documentary features two sexual violence investigators on the Justice Rapid Response-UN Women SGBV Justice Experts Roster who were deployed to the UN's investigations in Syria and Iraq, and four survivor-witnesses they met during their work - examining brave efforts to bring perpetrators to justice, and the importance of quality and timely investigations of sexual and gender-based violence.
See comments. The Islamic State IS militant group in Iraq is using children as suicide bombers, abducting them and selling them as sex slaves, and deploying them as human shields, a United Nations watchdog has said. In a report published on February 4, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said that it is "seriously concerned" about the large numbers of children recruited by armed groups in Iraq, especially by the IS group. According to the report, IS militants are particularly targeting vulnerable children, such as those with disabilities, those living on the street, refugee children, and those who have lost their parents, as well as children from Syria and Turkey who have found themselves in Iraq.
Download policy brief here. However, with a forthcoming transition into stabilisation and the signed commitment to implement UNSCR for Women, Peace, and Security, both Iraq and Kurdistan Region now have the momentum to pave a new route to safeguarding and promoting women. A Ministry of Planning Iraq study found that at least 36 percent of married women during peace time reported experiencing some form of psychological abuse from their husbands.
Hundreds of Yazidi women who were forced by Islamic State into sexual slavery have come together to form an all-female battalion to launch a massive assault against their abusers in Iraq. The more than women, who are between the ages of 17 and 37, are preparing to launch an offensive on Mosul, the stronghold of Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, for it was in this city that many of them were forced by terrorists to serve as sex slaves. Recalling the persecution of Yazidi minority, she said, "Women were throwing their children from the mountains and then jumping themselves because it was a faster way to die. Our hands were all tied.