Iraqi Women Leadership and State-Building

Proceedings of ‏The Global Conference on Women’s Studies

Year: 2020


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Iraqi Women Leadership and State-Building

Inass Abdulsada Ali



After 2003, Iraq witnessed radical changes in its political system, after many wars, multiple sanctions, and an external occupation during which its infrastructure and institutions were destroyed until it became one of the failed states from which the most serious problems that affect international security and stability emanate. It has also become an environment of conflict and multiple renewed crises, the most important of which is a crisis of leadership and the state-building, which has become a necessity to discuss. The research focuses on the topic of the leadership crisis in Iraq on women as a possible leader in resolving crises and peacemaking in the stage of building the Iraqi state, and on the possibility of applying the relationship between women leadership and nation-building and what this relationship means in the context of continued insecurity and stability, so the research look at a set of important points.  Of which; 1- The possibility of exploring the role of women leaders in the process of building the Iraqi state. 2- What is the political behavior of Iraqi women and their role in the process of state-building. 3- The possibility of women’s participation in conflict resolution and reconstruction after a series of internal political conflicts 4- The possibility of determining the status of Iraqi women as a leader in the context of political transitions and clarifying the roles they have already played in the transitional phase. Are Iraqi women considered an essential actor in the processes of achieving peace and building the state?

Keywords: Leadership, Women Leadership, State-Building, Iraq.