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Iraq: United Nations

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account she has taken of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 in formulating UK foreign policy in Iraq. (125493)

The UK maintains a regular dialogue with the Iraqi government, at various levels, about the important role of women in society. The Iraqi Constitution contains provisions that protects womens’ rights and their role in national decision making, for example electoral law must aim to achieve at least 25 per cent. female representation in the Council of Representatives. The UK has taken a number of steps to support this, most recently we:

part-funded a conference on using international human rights law and Iraqi domestic law to protect women's rights, for Iraqi judges, parliamentarians and women’s activists;

brought a delegation of senior officials from Basra’s judiciary, police and prison service to the UK, to examine how the UK deals with women and juvenile issues in detention;

are supporting a professional skills workshop for women journalists, aimed at ensuring a more diverse and gender-sensitive media; and

are supporting a seminar for Iraqi civil society organisations to develop projects to highlight the impact of the Iraqi Constitution, currently being reviewed, on women.