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Women in IraqPast Meets Present$
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Noga Efrati

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158145

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158145.001.0001

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Politics, Election Law, and Exclusion

Politics, Election Law, and Exclusion

(p.86) 3 Politics, Election Law, and Exclusion
Women in Iraq

Noga Efrati

Columbia University Press

This chapter describes the disenfranchisement of women of Iraq during the Hashemite period. It outlines the obstacles that stood in the way of altering the first Iraqi Constitution, emphasizing the entanglement of efforts to gain political rights for women with the broader struggle to effect change in the political order. Government gender discourse, as it emerged from the legal system of the new Iraqi state under British control, marginalized women further as it excluded them from formal politics. Constitution and Electoral Law as exercised during the mandate prescribed that female citizens could not receive the right to vote, despite the fact that the Constitution stated that all Iraqis were equal as pertained to both rights and obligations. The chapter considers how supporters of women's suffrage opposed the assumptions that constructed women as unprepared for political participation and the reception of full citizenship rights.

Keywords:   disenfranchisement, women of Iraq, Hashemite period, Iraqi Constitution, women's suffrage, right to vote, Electoral Law, citizenship rights

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