|Ivory and gold statue of Queen Shu-bad of Sumeria|
Women have been an influential part of society since the days the three-starred-crowned queen ruled these lands.
The pages of Iraqi history will always cite several names that contributed to this country: Nazik Al Malaika- the poet, Zaha Hadid- the architect, Amal Al Khedairy- the academic, Salima Murad- the singer, Atwar Bahjat- the journalist. There are women who belong to every profession: from physicists and university lecturers to the police and corporate world.
Women have traditionally featured in countless paintings by Iraqi artists:
|Painting by Buthaina Abdul Raheem|
|Painting by Sattar Kawoosh|
|Painting by Naseer Thamir|
|Painting by Asma Al Agha|
|Painting by Ali Al Tajir|
|Painting by Nazeeha Saleem|
|Another one by Naseer Thamir|
|And another by Wasmaa Al Agha|
Iraq was the first Arab country to elect a woman to a parliamentary position. Today, twenty-five percent of the parliament constitutes of women. The typical Iraqi woman is strong, capable of doing things independently, and very opiniated!
However, there is much room for improvement. The American Invasion left two and a half million women widowed. Twenty-six percent of Iraqi women are illiterate, although this is decreasing with the newer generations. Hopefully, with the right directions, the great potential in young Iraqi women can be unleashed to further show the world how valuable a woman's contribution is to her country.