January 26, 2005

USING BOTH HANDS:

Iraq's female candidates raise voices before vote (Thanassis Cambanis, January 26, 2005, Boston Globe)

[T]he women's discussion at the Najaf Human Rights Center yesterday included a more freewheeling and substantive debate than most events in the anemic campaign season leading up to Sunday's nationwide elections.

With four other Da'wa candidates -- the party name means ''Islamic Way" -- Anwar was pitching a comparatively secular vision of the Iraqi government at a forum organized by US Embassy officials. Da'wa's provincial leaders are focused on reviving the country's economically moribund Shi'ite areas while staving off security threats believed to stem from unstable Sunni areas.

In the other corner was a group of four women candidates from the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, or SCIRI, who broke with the party's position of publicly downplaying its Islamist credentials.

''Iraq is a Muslim country. It does not hurt that we will depend on the Koran to write the constitution," said candidate Nasran al-Fatlawi.

All the candidates, however, agreed that Iraq's new constitution had to enshrine women's rights.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2005 9:48 AM
Comments

So, they want their cake and eat it, too, eh?

Koran sez 1/2 a loaf, ladies.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 26, 2005 10:24 AM
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