TUC supports campaign to stop violence against
Iraqi women. Branch members are urged to sign online petition.
The TUC is supporting the campaign launched on 3 January by the
Iraqi Women's League (IWL) Co-ordinating Committee Abroad against
violence against women in Iraq. Their press release is reproduced
below, and trade unionists are urged to sign up to the online petition
"Iraqi women are being killed and subjected to all forms of
violence every day. What they have suffered in the city of Basra
is perhaps something unprecedented in Iraqi society.
Women have been killed and their bodies thrown in streets, especially
since July 2007. According to Basra police chief Abdul Jalil Khalaf,
the bodies of 50 women were found in different areas of the city
during recent months.
This may not be the real figure, as families of victims are often
reluctant or too frightened to report these horrific crimes. This
phenomenon in particular, and violence against women in Iraq in
general, has been a cause of great concern for us in the Iraqi Women's
League. We have therefore launched this campaign to mobilize public
opinion, exert pressure and intensify efforts to stop these inhuman
and barbaric acts.
It is also intended to allow the voice of Iraqi women, rejecting
all forms of exploitation and abuse of dignity, to be heard by the
world. Your solidarity with Iraqi women will strengthen their resolve
and their struggle to change this tragic reality. It will certainly
contribute to speeding up the process of uncovering the perpetrators
of heinous crimes and violence against women in Iraq, and help to
put an end to this barbarism.
We appeal to all the people of free conscience in the world to
uphold lofty humanitarian values and support our campaign."
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