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One of the biggest failures of the US/UK occupation was its failure to push the Iraqi government to adequately provide for both orphans and widows, with consequences which allowed for a growth in the sex trade, human trafficking, drugs, and terrorism.


It is estimated that, during the past 30 years, 1.5 million women have been left as widows in Iraq, which represents an enormous 10% of the female population...

Huda Aqeel Hameed, Eman Faiq Abdulwahab, Muna Salih Abed Ali, Jwan Pishtiwan och Fryal Abdulla Musa at a recent meeting for young women’s rights activists from different parts of Iraq, organised by Kvinna till Kvinna. | Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Ala Riani.

The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation has cooperated with women’s organisations in Iraq since 2005. In 2011, the Foundation opened an office in Erbil...


March 2013: By Shireen Ahmed - "There is a lot of emphasis on training youth in Iraq and providing them with tools to help their battered country..."


March 2013: by Hussein Al-alak - "It is estimated that around 4,5 million children are now orphans, with a shocking 70 percent of them having lost their parents since the 2003 invasion and the ensuing violence...

Iraqi Womens Rights activists on protest march

Jan 2012: Iraq's female civil servants up in arms over a new government directive telling them to wear "modest" clothing.


Sept 2011: Women leaders and high-ranking civil servants in Iraqi Kurdistan have been removed from their posts and replaced by men, raising concerns that women are losing power in government.

Hanaa Edwar

Sept 2011: Hanaa Edwar has been working within the women’s rights movement in Iraq, in collaboration with Kvinna till Kvinna, for a long time. She is also the founder of Iraqi Women’s Network....

Photo alledgedly taken by a resident of Ishaqi on March 15, 2006, of bodies Iraqi police said were of children executed by U.S. troops after a night raid there.

Sept 2011: A diplomatic cable, released by WikiLeaks, contains comments by a UN investigator that autopsies showed four women and five children had been handcuffed and shot in the head...

An Iraqi woman makes bread

"The start of the Gendercide against Iraqi women was demonstrated through the mass murder of over one million children, who lost their lives as a result of the UN imposed Sanctions."