Baghdad (Iraqi News.com) The United Nations has urged Iraq to protect female victims of sexual violence under Islamic State militants, and to ensure children produced by victims’ rape do not endure discrimination.“Women and girls under the control of ISIL, in particular women from the Yezidi and other minority communities, have been especially vulnerable to abuses of human rights and violation of international humanitarian law,” the report by the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN Human Rights Office said Tuesday.It said victims had been subjected to rape and sexual assault, forced displacement, abduction, deprivation of liberty, slavery, forced religious conversion, and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.“The physical, mental, and emotional injuries inflicted by ISIL are almost beyond comprehension.From the female soldiers involved in Abu Ghraib to Palestinian women suicide bombers, women and their bodies have become powerful weapons in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, Oliver analyzes contemporary discourse surrounding women, sex, and gender and the use of women to justify America's decision to go to war.In Women as Weapons of War, Kelly Oliver reveals how the media and the administration frequently use metaphors of weaponry to describe women and female sexuality and forge a deliberate link between notions of vulnerability and images of violence. For example, the administration's call to liberate "women of cover," suggesting a woman's right to bare arms is a sign of freedom and progress.The real number is likely much higher, given the shame attached to reporting such crimes in a society where a family’s honor is often tied to the chastity of its women.The victims of these crimes are often considered outcasts and can be killed for “dishonoring” their family or their community.Children darted in and out of the shadows, and a pregnant woman in a long-sleeved, turquoise ankle-length dress stepped out to see who was approaching. In 2012, Iraq passed its first law specifically against human trafficking, but the law is routinely ignored, and sexual crimes, including rape and forced prostitution, are common, women’s-rights groups say.
Through her network of contacts in the sex trade, she gathers information about who is selling whom and for how much, where the victims are from, and where they are prostituted and trafficked.Table of Contents Preface ix Acknowledgments xiii Introduction: Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll 1Women-The Secret Weapon of Modern Warfare? Later this month the UK and Canada will deploy gender violence and programming experts on a joint mission to Iraq where they will work with the government and local civil society to identify ways to support survivors of these terrible crimes. Some have chosen this work voluntarily but others have been lured in."[They're] mainly women and girls who don't have the support of their families," says reporter Rania Abouzeid, who has written about the sex trade world in Iraq for the New Yorker.