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Report on Gender-Based Violence and Discrimination against Iraqi Women and Girls

This report, published in advance of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee's review of Iraq during the 74th Session, documents human rights violations against women and girls in Iraq.

The report discusses sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against women and girls in Iraq, including crimes committed by ISIL; access to safe shelter for survivors fleeing SGBV; access to identity documents for women and girls; discrimination against disabled women in Iraq; and discrimination against Afro-descendant Iraqi women and girls.

The report was submitted by MADRE, The Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic of the City University of New York School of Law, the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), ASUDA, Al-Taqwa Association, Awan Organization, Democracy and Human Rights Development Center (DHRD), Emma Organization for Human Development, Etana Women Organization, Handicapped Union of Kurdistan, Sawa Organization, and Women Organization for Legal Aid.

Link to full report


These reports were written in consultation with Iraqi civil society and women's organizations, some of whom have requested anonymity for security reasons. We have not posted reports in Arabic for security reasons, but if you would like to request a copy please email
January 8, 2020