Challenging Gender-Based Violence in Iraqi Kurdistan
Iraq's northern Kurdish region likes to advertise itself as "the other Iraq," free from the security concerns of the rest of the country. But northern Iraq is not free from violence. More than 12,000 women fell victim to honor killings between 1991 to 2007, according to the Doaa Network Against Violence, though the Kurdish government claims the rates have begun to decline. Latitudes producer Andrea Wenzel met with women in the city of Sulaimaniyah who are using the law to challenge the culture of violence.
More information on gender-based violence in Iraqi Kurdistan:
Human Rights Watch: "Female Genital Mutilation in Iraqi Kurdistan"
Using Islam to Address Violence Against Women
While some organizations use a secular legal approach to confronting violence against women, groups like the Kurdistan Islamic Sisters Union appeal to religious values. Bekhal Abubaker Hussein directs the group and says they use radio, poetry and publications in their outreach.