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Ms. Abbousi - an Iraqi MP works to improve the position of women

08/03/2018 - 16:48
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Through her work both within and outside Parliament Ms. Shatha Abdul Razzak Abbousi has fought for women's rights. The Gender and Human Rights Advisor of EUAM Iraq met recently with her to evaluate how EUAM Iraq can assist in support of the security sector reform, particularly as it relates to gender.

Ms. Abbousi is a member of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, and a member of the Iraqi Islamic Party.  She previously was the deputy chairwoman of the Human Rights Committee. Ms. Abbousi is a prominent Iraqi activist for reconciliation and for women's rights.  Through her work both within and outside Parliament, she has fought for women's rights, and Ms. Abbousi's dedication, courage and leadership has set an example for young Iraqi women who are interested in taking an active role in their nation's political process. Ms. Abbousi is a teacher by education, specializing in both biology and Islamic studies - thus demonstrating that science and religion can coexist. During the Saddam Hussein regime, she was banned from teaching in any state schools because of her refusal to join the Ba'ath Party. After the war, she began teaching in a public school, but took a leave of absence in order to fully participate in politics.

The meeting involved discussions in regard to how EUAM Iraq can assist in support of the security sector reform, particularly as it relates to gender.  The Ministry of Interior (MOI) is crucial in this reform, and at least 10,000 female police officers fall under its jurisdiction.

Ms. Abbousi is very optimistic about the future of women in Iraq, because of the passion and spirit of the many women who want to build a peaceful post-war society, including many women in the devastated Anbar province. She wants Iraq to become a positive example for other countries in the MENA region.