GREENS/EFA IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
PRESS NOTICE – Brussels, 11 October 2005
rights and the new Iraqi constitution
Houzan Mahmoud, UK Head of the Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq and co-founder of the Iraq Freedom Congress will visit the European Parliament in Brussels tomorrow to call for MEPs to support the improvement of women's rights in Iraq. Mahmoud will talk to members of the Greens/EFA Group and other political groups. There will be an opportunity for the press to talk to her at 12.00 outside room ASP 1H1 (Petra Kelly room).
Commenting on the lack of
rights for women in Iraq
currently, and as envisaged under the new constitution, which Iraqis will vote
on in four days time on 15 October, Houzan
"In our view the
referendum is a continuation of a procedure to legitimise the government that
is currently installed in Iraq.
How can Iraqi people vote for a document when most of them have not been
informed about its content? And with our
country under occupation and with terrorism wide spread, how can a constitution
"Iraqi women who have been terrorised by both Shiite's in power and the so-called resistance will only be enslaved and considered as sub-human and half-minded under this constitution. Humanity must take a firm stand against enslavement of sixty percent of our society who are women and who are being pushed back into the dark ages."
Green MEP Jean Lambert added:
"People have to see themselves reflected in this constitution. It will only work if people feel that they own it, so for it to stick there has do be work done at a grassroots level. We do not want to see patriarchy constitutionalised. Iraqi women feel they have had no hand in the creation of the constitution."