2.16. Women

Last updated: January 2021

The position of women and girls in Iraq is characterised by deeply engrained attitudes, strong cultural beliefs and societal structures that reinforce discrimination; gender-based human rights violations are common.

The contents of this section include:  
2.16.1. Violence against women and girls: overview
2.16.2. Forced marriage and child marriage
2.16.3. Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)
2.16.4. Women working in the public sphere
2.16.5. Women perceived to have transgressed moral codes
2.16.6. Women perceived to be associated with ISIL
2.16.7. Single women and female heads of households
It should be noted that the different forms of violence against women and girls in Iraq are often significantly interlinked. Therefore, the following subsections should be read in conjunction.



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