In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad hosted a reception on March 10 to discuss challenges facing women and girls in Iraq and efforts of the U.S. and Iraqi governments and civil society to address these challenges and promote the status of women in Iraq.
Iraqi government figures, civil society leaders, and youth activists attended the reception, which featured a film viewing of an Iraqi documentary film highlighting the growing problem of underage and unregistered marriages in Iraq. Following the film, attendees participated in a roundtable discussion about civil society and government efforts to address gender-related issues in Iraq.
Advancing the status of women in Iraq and around the world is a policy priority of the U.S. government. As Deputy Chief of Mission Douglas Silliman said:
"It is vital that the United States continues to work with governments, organizations and individuals around the world to protect and advance the rights of women and girls. After all, just like in our own country, the world's most pressing economic, social and political problems simply cannot be solved without the full participation of women."
The United States is committed to continued engagement with the Iraqi government and civil society to raise awareness of gender issues, advocate for legislation in support of gender equality, and empower women in Iraq.
(Source: Embassy of the United States)