Iraqi women "looking forward" despite terrorism

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Conference 'Empowering Women to Address the Impact of Terrorism', Erbil, Iraq. Photo: UNAMI PIO.

Terrorism and violent extremism in Iraq have increased the vulnerability of women and girls living there, according to a gender expert at the UN mission in the country.

Idah Muema, gender adviser at the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said women have been subjected to displacement, sexual violence, loss of freedom, and the deaths of loved ones, because of the violence.

The UN mission helped organize a two-day conference on empowering Iraqi women to address terrorism which ended on Tuesday in Erbil with calls for stronger legislation and greater economic and educational opportunities.

Dianne Penn spoke with Ms Muema about why Iraqi women are looking forward to implementing its outcomes.

Duration: 2'36"

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