Skip to comments.Iraqi Women Talk the Talk
Posted on 09/27/2004 5:37:51 PM PDT by HanBaal Barca
"[My] children went to schools that were without windows, doors and toilets, and where teachers made as little as $3 a month to teach. Water in her city of Basra had worms in it, and women had little, if any, right to freedom." Aabass said.
Aabass and Tamara Sarafa Quinn, director of Women's Alliance for a Democratic Iraq, are part of the Iraq-America Freedom Alliance. Quinn is an Iraqi-American citizen who fled Baghdad as Saddam gained power and now lives in the U.S.
In the year since liberation, Aabass has become an activist for women's rights. As the first female member of the Al-Tahsinniyya council, which is a new district government council in Basra, she, and all women of Iraq, have been able to accomplish more now than during the previous 20 years under Saddam's rule.
Quinn helped found the Women's Alliance for a Democratic Iraq, which was formed in early 2003 and is made up of professional Iraqi-born American women.
"We help women learn the political process and help get them back on their feet," Quinn said.
Recently, the group brought Iraqi women to America to shadow members of Congress so they could see what it is like to debate and learn how to run a campaign.
"When Saddam was in power, he stripped women of their rights, and we're trying our best to regain those rights," Quinn said.
(Excerpt) Read more at gmtoday.com ...
Both women said great strides have been made in education, human rights, health care and infrastructure improvements. Iraq has seen schools reopened, refurbished and re-painted. Some 159,000 new desks were distributed to the schools, millions of new textbooks have been printed and 20 million Iraqi citizens now have clean water and sanitation amenities they didn't have before.
Teachers are also now making between $300 and $500 [100 times more at least!] a month to teach, which Quinn said is a great deal to the Iraqis.
Aabass and Quinn said none of these advancements could have been made without the help of the U.S.-led military coalition, and Aabass has a message for Americans.
"We have very good things happening in Iraq because of help from America," she said. "I am very thankful and grateful for our liberty and our freedom because with (America's) help, we can get Saddam Hussein out of our country. I feel very sorry for the families who gave their sons and their daughters who were killed in our country. They are putting their lives on the line to help us."
Go girls! Show us what ya got :P
Iraqi Women Powa Ping!
(btw how do I post pics here...?)
Wrong place, wrong time ? It appears it couldn't wait
God Bles out troops and the Commander in Chief
It would be nice to see this prime time on all the major networks. I will keep praying.
Nice to see some nice news, thanks.
just a post to recognize a lady from Oklahoma who gave all in helping out
the folks in Iraq
Oh but wait!! The left claimed that Saddam was the most advanced in his treatment of women. They were actually ALLOWED to go to school. Matter of fact, he touted that on his own website (BEFORE WE BROUGHT HIM DOWN!!!)
Bless our liberators, ping!
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Iraqi women speak out - PING -
More good news on Iraqis faith in Democracy:
Bump for self help later.
Power to the women of Iraq ~ Liberty and Freedom ~ Bump!
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Waitaminute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....what about babes for bush pics for us guys that are a generation removed!!!!~!!!!