you know how this war has affected the women
Petraeus Telling the Truth?
General David Petraeus testified
before the Senate Committees on Foreign
Relations and Armed Services yesterday about
the status of the war and political developments
in Iraq, he left
out an important part of the picture: the
true experience of the Iraqi people, especially
Iraqi women, and their desire for the U.S.
troops to leave.
was in the hearing room, wearing death masks
to represent the deep grief and pain of
the women of Iraq (Flickr
Slideshow). As reported by Women
for Women International, Iraqi
women are plagued by violence and insecurity;
a severe lack of medicine, clean water,
electricity and other basic services; and
the rise of conservative Islamists.
General Petraeus says the presence of the
U.S. military helps reduce violence,
71 percent of Iraqi women say
they do not feel protected by U.S. soldiers
and 65 percent
report that US soldiers are only making
as General Petraeus continues his testimony
before the House Committees on Armed Services
and Foreign Affairs, Iraqis
are taking to the street to protest the
U.S. occupation. We must demand that
their voices are heard in Washington.
send the Women for Women International Report
to the Chairmen of the House and Senate
Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees
and call their offices to urge them to listen
to the Iraqi women, and the majority of
all Iraqis, who are calling for an end to
the occupation of their country.
Biden, US Senate Committee on Foreign
Levin, US Senate Committee on Armed Services
Berman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Skelton, House Armed Services Committee
you for giving Iraqi women a desperately