Amy Goodman interviews the writers of a stunning report about the “unseen aspects” of the Iraq war: Theocracy and gender-based violence against women.

Houzan Mahmoud, International Representative, Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. She is speaking about gender-based violence in Iraq before the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN today.

Yifat Susskind, communications director of MADRE. She is speaking about gender-based violence in Iraq before the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN today.

See the introduction below and read the entire transcript of the interview at Democracy Now! website. Don’t miss it.

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“Promising Democracy, Imposing Theocracy: Gender-Based Violence and the US War on Iraq.” That’s the title of the ground breaking report being released today at the UN.
The announcement follows on the heels of two high-profile cases of Sunni women allegedly raped by Shiite security forces last month.
The report documents the systematic use of violence committed by Islamist militias against Iraqi women. Methods of violence include widespread honor killings, torture, assassination and rape. The report reveals the most extensive violence against women has been committed by Shiite militias armed, trained, and financed by the United States.

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