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Abdel Khaleq Sultan and Abdul Hameed Zibari – Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty – Monday, 10 December 2012 (originally published 04 Dec)

Hiba Yunis standing in front of her painting

Iraqi Kurdish artist Hiba Yunis believes more open-air exhibits might help lead to a change in people’s attitudes and bring art and society closer together. Image: Abdel Khaleq Sultan (RFE/RL)

Despite an ongoing economic boom that has lured back many exiled Kurds, evidence suggests that the status of women in Iraq’s northern Kurdish autonomous region has not witnessed similar improvements.

Reports of rape, domestic violence, honor killings, female genital mutilation, and self-immolation are still widespread throughout the traditionally conservative region.

A number of initiatives have been launched in the region in an effort to raise awareness of these problems . . .

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