I feel that I have been sleeping all my life and I have woken up and opened my eyes to the world. A beautiful world! But impossible to live in. These are the words of fifteen-year-old Hadiya, blogging from the city of Mosul, Iraq, to let the world know what life is really like as the military occupation of her country unfolds.
Three Iraqi women explain how and why they stay anonymous online
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E ver since social media was introduced in Iraq, women here have turned to online anonymity in order to voice their opinions, thoughts, and feelings. In-home internet access in Iraq became widespread after the toppling of former dictator Saddam Hussein in , which ushered in an era of unprecedented internet freedom. The percentage of citizens with internet access climbed from just 0. In , Iraqis woke to the news that model and social media personality Tara Fares had been gunned down in Baghdad by an unknown assailant.
Iraqi Women are Engaged in a Struggle for their Rights
Iraqi women and girls have played an integral part in the demonstrations that have gripped Iraq since October , taking to the streets en masse to call for gender equality, as well as protest against the broader social, political and economic conditions which continue to enable and justify patriarchal violence in the country. Furthermore, women and girl survivors of gender based violence GBV continue to face innumerable obstacles in gaining access to justice. The reasons for legal discrimination and patriarchal violence against women and girls in Iraq are manifold.
Abu Dhabi: An Iraqi woman, Nourzan Al Shammari,30, was brutally killed, as she was returning from her work, local media reported. The gruesome act in central Baghdad that was captured on video had gone viral. It shows a woman lying on the street as she is stabbed several times. A wave of anger and condemnation exploded among Iraqis and Arabs, as the video was shared on different social media platforms, and a hashtag with her name became a trend. The suspect admitted to killing of the woman due to family problems, Major General Maan said in a statement.