Status of Women in Iraq, Part I: Baghdad

Iraqi women wait outside the Ministry of Interior passport bureau. Credit: Reuters

Iraqi women wait outside the Ministry of Interior passport bureau after the government began issuing new passports in Baghdad last week. Reuters hide caption

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Iraqi women wait outside the Ministry of Interior passport bureau. Credit: Reuters

Iraqi women wait outside the Ministry of Interior passport bureau after the government began issuing new passports in Baghdad last week. Reuters hide caption

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Crime, economic uncertainty and growing religious conservatism are curtailing freedom for women in Iraq, especially young women. It is dangerous for many of them to leave their homes without an escort.

Many young women say that the restrictions, coming from different social pressures, make them feel trapped in their homes. And some feel they had more freedoms under Saddam Hussein than they do now. NPR's Anne Garrels reports.

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