Videos of Manal

 

 

 

  • Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos
    Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos
    by Manal Omar
  • Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak
    Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak
    Beacon Press

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Wednesday
Jun012005

In the Sea of Nation-Building: Anchoring Women’s Rights in the Iraqi Constitution

Summer 2005 | Manal Omar for "The Critical Half"

“We did it. It is no accident that women exceeded the 25 percent quota in the elections. This is because we made it happen,” stated an enthusiastic and determined woman from Southern Iraq, echoing the sentiments of many Iraqi women across the nation. Indeed, the success in integrating women into Iraq’s newly elected National Assembly in January 2005 was the direct result of organizing and outreach efforts by Iraqi women.
In the period leading up to the election, there was great concern that Iraqi women would be marginalized. Yet Iraqi women were able to quickly organize, lobby and take action, thereby earning themselves a place at the decision-making table. This has allowed Iraq to emerge as the clear leader in the region when it comes to women’s rights. Iraqi women have carried on the legacy of their foremothers, speaking up until their voices are heard on legal, social, economic, educational and cultural issues.