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Iraqi politicians push for improved women’s rights

July 31, 2006
"We will as women make him responsible for implementing what he has said,"
- Parliament member Maysoun al-Damaloug

Baghdad, Iraq - Women in Iraq's parliament say they were heartened by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's pledge in a speech before the U.S. Congress last week to improve women's rights.

But they warn that women's rights have declined as the country's security situation has worsened and the influence of fundamentalist Islamists increases.

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