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Sen. Landrieu: Iraqi Constitution Should Include Full Women's Participation

Location: Washington, DC

Sen. Landrieu: Iraqi Constitution Should Include Full Women's Participation

WASHINGTON -- Despite a one week delay in the presentation of the new Iraqi Constitution to the Transitional National Assembly, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today expressed her hope for the inclusion of full and equal participation of women in the Iraqi democracy. The National Assembly voted this afternoon to reschedule the Constitution's presentation for August 22.

"The political and economic potential of Iraq depends on the full and equal participation of women," said Sen. Landrieu. "This principle of equality should be reflected in the Constitution for all aspects of society."

On July 29, the Senate unanimously passed the Protecting Democracy for Women in Iraq Resolution, S. Res. 231, which was spearheaded by Sen. Landrieu. The resolution encourages the National Assembly to adopt a constitution that grants women equal rights and opportunities under the law. Drafts of the document that have circulated in the past months have not included these vital protections for women.

"Brave women in Iraq continue to risk their personal security to protect their rights and build a better society," said Sen. Landrieu. "Our actions here in Washington show that the members of the U.S. Senate stand behind their efforts."

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