Iraq elections: Why some female candidates refused to run

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With the Iraqi legislative election approaching this Sunday, women running for parliament are facing growing restrains, violence and social prejudice. Many prominent Iraqi women activists have refused to run or participate in the entire political process due to fears of being killed, kidnapped, or facing threats targeting them and their family members. “The 2018 elections witnessed a large number of female candidates go through defamation, slander, threats and various forms of abuse that discouraged them to run again” Although the Iraqi electoral law – by Constitution – request that at least 2…

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