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Challenging narratives of fate and divine will: access to justice for gender-based violence in Iraq

Alkhudary, Taif, Ridah, Marwa Abdul, Abed, Anfal and Kabashi, Amal (2021) Challenging narratives of fate and divine will: access to justice for gender-based violence in Iraq. LSE Middle East Centre Paper Series (57). LSE Middle East Centre, London, UK.

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This study draws on data collected from 34 interviews to examine access to justice for gender-based violence (GBV) in the family and criminal law systems of federal Iraq. It finds that it remains near impossible for women to access effective protection, with the government of Iraq (GoI) falling short of every one of the six components identified by the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) as essential for women’s access to justice. It highlights the urgent need for the GoI to work with civil society to enact the draft anti-domestic violence law. It also recommends that the GoI take broader, longer-term holistic measures, including tackling high-level and petty corruption and providing gender-sensitivity training to all law enforcement professionals, highlighting the detrimental impact of gender stereotyping on the impartiality and independence of justice systems and the rule of law.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2021 09:21
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2021 09:03

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