This report argues that throughout Iraq’s continued attempts to transition to democracy, women’s rights actors have faced significant challenges to further women’s participation in a number of areas. These challenges have arisen as a result of infighting among women’s networks, questions over a feminist agenda or women’s empowerment working framework, and continuous cycles of conflict that divert focus away from tangible political developments to immediate humanitarian relief. While the civil society landscape has weaved in and out of the political framework, engaging political leaders and female political actors, this body of women’s rights actors has formed organizations, promoted women’s rights and feminist agendas, supported growing civic activism on democracy and human rights, created their own networks, and formulated policies to be implemented at the highest levels of government.

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