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January 26, 2005

Female Candidates on Provincial Level in Iraq

Today's Boston Globe features an article by Thanassis Cambanis titled "Iraq's female candidates raise voices before vote." It's all well and good that the US-written constitution mandates that 1/3 of candidates be female (not clear why it's only 1/3), but the reality is that the majority of the female candidates are fighting each other for provincial offices, leaving national power to males in their parties. This is not exactly the same as having gender equity. Nor do I believe it is an accurate implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

In other Iraq news, the USG spent $92 million on a GOTV for Iraqi expatriates and only 10% of eligible voters in the US and 25% worldwide registered. What a great return on investment. Full deets from Paul Richter, Alissa Rubin, Maggie Farley, Jean Pasco, and Elise Castelli at the LAT. The article has an extremely different tone from the "we're so grateful to vote!!" stories I recently heard on Morning Edition on NPR.

Posted by cj at January 26, 2005 3:06 PM

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