Their average maternal mortality ratio was on par with England’s between 18.
An African American woman, quite strong-willed even for an American, married an African Muslim from a prominent family and went with him to live in Africa. At that point, she and their son jumped into a car with a friend and escaped across 5 country borders into the nearest country that had a US embassy.
Women's rights organizations struggle against harassment and intimidation, while they work to promote improvements to women's status in the law, in education, the workplace, and many other spheres of Iraqi life, and to curtail abusive traditional practices such as honor killings and forced marriages.
As they try to get by with little support in chaotic and dangerous situations, women and girls are exposed to death and disability, hunger, exploitation and gender-based violence.I have always been interested in the Middle East, specifically the Syrian conflict.In early summer 2014, as part of my master’s dissertation, I went to Lebanon to work with the United Nations.Polygamy for Muslim men in Iraq is legal under a 1959 law, as long as a judge’s permission is given, a husband is found to be “financially capable,” and there are “legitimate reasons” for taking another spouse, such as a first wife who is unable to bear children.The law has long been criticised by Iraqi womens’ rights groups as “backwards” and outdated, but the high number of widows in Iraq caused by two recent wars has led to a surge in the practice in recent years.