PM Barzani: the status of women has seen a marked improvement in recent years
The Prime Minister of Kurdistan, Nechirvan Barzani said that his government was working for an international definition of the crimes carried out by the Islamic State group militants against Kurdish Yazidi women as a crime of genocide, while stressing the need to create a world free of violence against women especially in Kurdistan, and announced efforts to raise the representation of women in his government to at least 30%.
Barzani's remarks came during a speech at the announcement of a campaign against violence towards women, which will continue for two weeks.
Barzani greeted at the beginning of his speech at the ceremony all the fighters from Peshmerga forces from Kobani to Jalawla and Saadia for defending the rights of the Kurds, also saluted the martyrs and their families and wished speedy recovery to the wounded and injured in the defense battles of Kurds and Kurdistan.
Barzani added that holding the ceremony this year comes in very different conditions than the previous years, referring to the situation of women in Kurdish areas dominated by IS radical groups and in refugee camps for displaced people that are very bad.
He noted that the situation that emerged in Kurdistan caused the displacement of more than a million and a half people to the region, stressing that Kurdistan received such a large number and gave them what they can of aid in cooperation with international bodies and organizations.
Barzani said that woman was the first victim in the conflicts and wars in the region as a result of being targeted by terrorists and exploited as a tool for their crimes against humanity, reassuring women that Kurdistan Government will protect them and ensure their rights and defend their will.
He also expressed sympathy for Christian women who have also been subjected to criminal acts of IS "terrorists", stressing that "what has happened to Yazidi and Christian women is a deep shock that af- fected us all."
Barzani noted that the status of women in Kurdistan Region has seen a marked improvement in recent years as they are able to participate in the parliamentary and government work or within organizations and unions defending their rights. His plan is to increase the representation of women to at least 30% in his government.
Barzani also pointed out that there is a significant reduction in the phenomenon of suicide amid Kurdish women in recent years than it was previously, indicating that women are now filing complaints against the violation of their rights.