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Women From Around The World Condemn Attack On Peaceful Protesters In Iraq And Call For An End To Sexual Assault Of Women Protesters

We, feminist activists from 12 countries, stand in support of our sisters and brothers peacefully demonstrating for basic rights in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square.

To add your organization or individual name to the list of signatories, email madre@madre.org

This morning, June 10, demonstrators were brutally targeted with sexual violence and beatings by men who were reportedly bussed in by the thousands to disrupt the weekly protest. Protesters suffered broken bones, knife wounds and beatings. Several women were severely beaten and violently groped; armed attackers attempted to forcibly strip off the women’s clothing. The activists, who work with the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, report that their attackers were organized and paid by government security forces who used the un-uniformed men to avoid accountability for the violence.  

As feminists, we strongly condemn assaults against peaceful protesters and the specifically gender-based violence against women. As in so many of our countries, the use of sexual violence against Iraqi women is designed to terrorize, shame and silence those women who dare to exercise their fundamental rights as citizens and raise political demands in the public sphere.  We stand with our sisters who exercise their rights to political participation and dissent.

Today’s attacks represent a noted escalation of violence against protesters in Iraq as well as a crime and a fundamental violation of human rights. We call on the government to uphold its obligations to guarantee freedom of peaceful assembly and to respond to the demands of demonstrators.

SIGNATORIES

Organizations

International Solidarity Network – Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML)
Leicester Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
The Network Against Honour Related Violence
Sweden
United Methodist Women
The Women and Media Collective
Sri Lanka
Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC)
The Women's Support Group
Sri Lanka
World March of Women

Individuals Representing Organizations

Christine Ahn
Global Fund for Women
USA

Maha Abu-Dayyeh Shamas
Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling
Palestine

Sally Alhak
EWU - Egyptian Women's Union
Lydia Alpízar Durán
Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)
Ghida Anani
ABAAD-Resource Center for Gender Equality
Lebanon
Soad Baba Aissa
IFE France
France
Radhika Balakrishnan
Center for Women’s Global Leadership
USA

Aouicha Bekhti
Party for Laicity and Democracy in Algeria
Fewzi Benhabib
Party for Laicity and Democracy in Algeria
Medea Benjamin
CODEPINK: Women for Peace
Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
femLINKPACIFIC
Betty Blake
Ma'afafine moe Famili
Tonga
Shahnaz Bokhari
Progressive Women's Association-PWA
Pakistan
Maria Butler
PeaceWomen, A project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
USA
Adilia Caravaca
Liga Internacional de Mujeres pro Paz y Libertad, Seccion Costa Rica
Moulay Chentouf
Party for Laicity and Democracy in Algeria
Rindai Chipfunde-Vava
Zimbabwe Election Support Network & Zimbabwe Peace Project
Zimbabwe
Sarah El Jabri
OISC
Patricia Guerrero
Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas
Observatory for Gender, Democracy and Human Rights
Colombia
Isabelle Geuskens
IFOR-Women Peacemakers Program
Netherlands/International
Helen Hakena
Leitana Nehan Women's Development Agency
Lillian Halls
European Feminist Initiative (IFE-EFI)
France
Cristina Hardaga
Tlalchinollan Human Rights Center of the Mountain of Guerrero
Mexico
Taida Horozovic
CURE Foundation
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Lindora Howard-Diawara
West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP-Liberia)
Liberia

Hisako Motoyama
Asia Japan Women’s Resource Center
Japan
Jasmin Nario-Galace
Center for Peace Education
Philippines
Sameena Nazir Potohar
Organization for Development Advocacy
Pakistan
Juliet Were Oguttu
Isis-WICCE
Uganda/International
Pat Pleasance
UK WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom)
UK
Yifat Susskind
MADRE
International
Andrea Smith
Incite! Women of Color Against Violence
USA
Josephine Teakeni
Vois Blong Mere Solomons
Albin Wagener
OISC

Individuals

Sunila Abeysekera
Sri Lanka
Kirsten Ainley
UK

Brian Heilman
USA
Krista Hoffman
Lib Hutchby
USA
Huda Jafar
Yemen
Dr. Helen Liebling
Lecturer-Practitioner in Clinical Psychology, Coventry University and Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust
Amina Mama
USA
Sarah Masters
UK
Marti McKenna
USA
Lorraine Mirham
UK
Monica Murray
Layla Naffa Hamarneh
Jordan
Zaynab Nawaz
USA
Rosalind Petchesky
USA
BONNIE PIRNIE
USA
Brooke Prim
Swathi Rajan
USA
Viti Tuimabualau-Lilo
SUVA, FIJI
Amanda Weibel
Switzerland
Sarah Weirich
USA
Laura Williscraft
USA

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