"We, as Iraqi women, representing more than 55 percent of the Iraqi population, want to make it clear that our demand of more guarantees for women in the constitution does not concern only women's rights, it concerns the adherence to the rule of law and the creation of a true democracy in which all people's voices are represented, it concerns the preservation of Iraqi unity."
Biography of Basma Fakri, Co-founder and elected President, Women’s Alliance for a Democratic Iraq, Iraq
Basma Fakri is co-founder and twice-elected president of the Women’s Alliance for a Democratic Iraq, an organization dedicated to a free and democratic Iraq with full and equal individual rights for women. Ms. Fakri sits on the steering committee of the Network of Iraqi American Organizations in Michigan and is a member of the Women for a Free Iraq campaign. In 2004, she co-organized a human rights and women’s rights training seminar in Baghdad. In January of the following year, she worked as a voter education officer and national counting officer in Michigan with the International Organization for Migration during the Iraq out-of-country voting in January 2005. In October 2004 she spoke at Arria Formula meeting on women, peace, and security at the UN. A year later, Ms. Fakri addressed the UN Security Council in an Arria Meeting about Iraqi women’s issues and the importance of their role in building the peace in Iraq. She awarded the 2004 America’s Freedom Festival Award in Provo, Utah and Dialogue Diversity awarded Ms. Fakri with the Liberty Award in 2005.
Women’s Alliance for a Democratic Iraq
Recommendations to the Security Council for Women in Iraq
Presented by: Basma Fakri, President, Women’s Alliance for a Democratic Iraq on behalf of Hanaa Edwar, Founder and Secretary-General, Iraqi Al-Amal Association