PM Barzani: the sta­tus of women has seen a marked im­prove­ment in re­cent years

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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