The Worsening Conditions of Iraqi Women and Girls

The Worsening Conditions of Iraqi Women and Girls

Being affected by the consequences of conflict, Iraqi women and girls face serious concerns and challenges. The situation worsens as a result of crisis, particularly in northern and western parts which has exposed many women to the risk of violence. Unfortunately, sexual violence has been always used as a weapon to control communities; therefore, it is necessary to ensure that women are protected and are not the silent victims of rape.
The situation of pregnant women is also disturbing and many of them face life-threatening complications. There is limited access to health supplies and staff, and the number of unassisted child birth is increasing. Hospitals are very crowded with a limited capacity to provide maternal services and reception more than three hours after child delivery. In such conditions mothers and newborn babies don’t have access to enough and adequate health-care services. It is obvious that Iraqi women need the help of international community as well as the civil society.

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