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NoneVeil-Less Iraqi Women Defy Traditiononline video

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A 2010 report from Baghdad, on Iraq's election campaign, where several female candidates are daring to appear in public without a veil.

There aren’t many women at your average election meeting in Baghdad, and most of those who turn up do so under a full hijab. But at a stadium out of town, one candidate is braving local mores and presenting herself very differently. 36, a mother of three, and with an infectious energy, Sabah Abdul Rassul says the prevalence of the veil in Iraq is actually a relatively recent phenomenon.We’ve had a foreign culture imposed on Iraq in 2005, 2006, and even in 2007. The result is that women became victims of violence and were forced to put ...

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