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On the Way Out, Washington Tramples on Iraqi Women
Colorlines: In the years following the U.S. invasion of Iraq, women have found themselves "increasingly alienated from civil society" and with limited prospects of marriage, as social networks for marriage have crumbled and the numbers of young men have fallen dramatically due to the war. In addition, many women have become trapped in growing sex industries, which have grown in the war torn country.
"The footprint of the United States occupation of Iraq is embedded in the country’s rocky political sojourn, and the status of women marks the nation’s arrested progress. After the invasion, Washington thought Iraqi women would find American-style freedom irresistible. Today, they’re left holding up half the sky in the midst of a ravaged political and economic landscape.
The Associated Press reports that many Iraqi women feel increasingly alienated from civil society and face traditional pressures to find a husband in a bombed-out marriage market.
Women’s advocates may on the one hand lament the inequality that makes women economically dependent on marriage. But there’s also justifiable frustration that women bear so much of the burden of their unraveling social fabric.