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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Update Iraq [women]

Iraqi woman shares her story while in U.S.

March 21, 2006

Corvallis, Oregon – Since the war started three years ago, Iraqis who worked as teachers, journalists or attorneys are now working with things that are relevant for the situation within the country. Eman Ahmad Khamas, who was a writer and a teacher at a Baghdad university, as well as a translator of English literature, is now a human rights activist working with women and refugees. Khamas is in the United States together with a delegation of six other Iraqi women hosted by Global Exchange. The women have been in the U.S. for two weeks to talk about women’s issues in Iraq.

According to the article in the Corvallis Gazette-Times:

“Khamas also works for a human rights organization, documenting abuses of Iraqis under U.S. occupation. Using her skills as a journalist and as a women’s activist, she works for Women’s Will, an organization focused on defending women’s rights and opposing the use of women as hostages.”

“Khamas spends much of her time working with refugees of the fighting who are without food, clothing and medicine. She said economic and social insecurity is affecting everyone, but especially women, because of the poverty created by the occupation.”
“She also hopes to see room made for international organizations, including the United Nations and representatives from other Arab and Muslim groups to come together with a plan to run Iraq until the home government is stable.”“Khamas believes by sharing photos and stories about life in Iraq, she’s helping spread understanding about the situation for the most vulnerable of Iraq’s citizens.”

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Delegation of Iraqi women to visit Washington

March 21, 2006

Next week 20 Iraqi women from different backgrounds will speak to the media and government officials in Washington about the situation on the ground in Iraq. All the women are decision makers involved in rebuilding a democratic Iraq.

During the women’s three-day stay in Washington (March 29-31) they will present a briefing at the U.S. House of Representatives hosted by the bipartisan Congressional Women's Caucus and Rep. Marcy Kaptur, and they will also meet with State Department officials.

During their U.S. visit, members of the delegation will also speak at the National Press Club about their experiences here and the current situation in Iraq.

One of the goals of the trip is to get U.S women involved and teach them how they can support the goals and needs for Iraqi women.

National Press Club event details are as follows:

WHO: Iraqi women delegation, with Sister Simone Campbell, NETWORK national coordinator
WHAT: Press conference concerning just-completed visits with official Washington and what is happening in Iraq today
WHERE: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
WHEN: Friday, March 31, 9:30 a.m.

To read more about this delegation click here.


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