Tracing nearly a century of women’s rights in Iraq, “Women in Iraq: Past Meets Present” travels through the social and political history of Iraqi women during the periods of British occupation and British-backed Hashimite monarchy (1917-1958).
The author Noga Efrati then discusses how this history relates to Iraqi women’s current fight for gender equality.
“[Efrati] traces the harsh and long-lasting implications of British state-building on Iraqi women, particularly their legal and political enshrinement as second-class citizens, and the struggle by women's rights activists to counter this precedent,” publisher Columbia University Press says on its website.
The book, due out in January, also studies the impact the 2003 U.S.-led invasion had on women, concluding with a discussion of post-Saddam Iraq and the women's associations now claiming their place in government.
“…the U.S.-led invasion of 2003, rather than cementing women's rights into law, unnervingly repeated British conduct,” the publisher says on its website.