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Rita Stephan and Mounira M. Charrad

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479846641

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479846641.001.0001

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Celebrating Women’s Day in Baghdad, the City of Men

Celebrating Women’s Day in Baghdad, the City of Men

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(p.283) 30 Celebrating Women’s Day in Baghdad, the City of Men
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Women Rising
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Zahra Ali

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479846641.003.0031

Women’s rights have been central to the post-invasion Iraqi political scene, which is dominated by conservative and sectarian Islamist parties who advance their own gender rhetoric of women as bearers of the “New Iraq.” This chapter presents a short ethnographic account of the 2012 Women’s Day celebration in Baghdad, held by a longstanding leftist women’s rights organization, the Iraqi Women’s League, which re-formed in 2003 after being banned by the Ba‘th regime for two decades. By providing this brief account, Zahra Ali seeks to highlight the context and political significance of the mobilizations around women and gender issues in post-invasion Iraq.

Keywords:   post-invasion Iraq, women’s rights, Baghdad, Iraqi Women’s League, “New Iraq”, Women’s Day

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