Senior officials in Kurdistan Region mark International Women’s Day

FILE: A member of the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) General Directorate for Combating Violence Against Women monitors the 119 hotline (NRT Digital Media/File)

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Region’s political leadership marked International Women’s Day on Monday (March 8), expressing their support for women in the Region.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and senior officials from the political parties have made combating violence against women a priority, but it remains a significant problem.

In 2020, twenty-five women were murdered, 38 other committed suicides, and 67 self-immolated, according to General Directorate to Combat Violence Against Woman.

Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament Rewaz Fayaq, the highest-ranking woman in government, called on women not give up and be persistent, saying that “being a woman in this disturbed state of work and politics is not easy, even if you are the head of one of the constitutional institutions of the Region.”

She said that she is adamant about implementing laws where the rights of women are secured, arguing that economic development was key to strengthening the position of women in families and society.

KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said in a statement that his government is committed to confronting any gender discrimination and marginalizing the role of women, while his cousin Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani reaffirmed his own support for fighting against oppression, inequality, and injustice against women in the Kurdistan Region.

KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani sent out cards to women and girls in the Kurdistan Region, including women who have initiated small businesses or have been influencers to other women, congratulating them and expressing his respect and appreciation for their efforts and impact in their fields.

(NRT Digital Media)