July 17, 2009
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Nawshirwan Mustafa outlines vision for women's rights in Kurdistan - By Rebaz Bruska

The Change list (Listi 57) is an independent list participating in the Kurdish parliamentary elections to be held in Iraqi Kurdistan on 25 July 2009. It is led by Kurdish politician Nawshirwan Mustafa who gave a speech to a gathering of Kurdish women on July 17, 2009 outlining his lists commitment to women’s rights.

Mustafa put forward groundbreaking legislative and economic proposals for the emancipation of Kurdish women. Mustafa promised to implement, positive discrimination in favor of women, to provide women home makers with financial independence through a governmental wage and to legislate against all forms of discrimination if his list should prevail in the elections next week.

While both ruling parties, the KDP and PUK, purportedly support women’s rights, their support is largely confined to empty slogans. With the region suffering from high levels of so-called “honor crime”, female circumcision and other forms of violence against women.

The governmental subsidy to be paid directly to female homemakers will make a massive difference to Kurdish society allowing Kurdish women to become independent within the home setting. While the positive discrimination and equality legislation will pave the way for equality in the working sector.

Nawshirwan Mustafa’s proposals are the first step towards emancipating Kurdistan’s women and creating a modern forward going society where men and women stand equal before the law and in the community.


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