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Kaya, Zeynep (2017) Gender and statehood in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. London: LSE Middle East Centre.

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The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has made greater strides towards gender equality than the federal government of Iraq, with CEDAW principles and the Women, Peace and Security agenda internalised to a greater extent in regional laws and regulations. Women’s rights activism and some policymakers’ willingness to realise change have played important roles in this. However, discriminatory rules and practices still exist, and changes are not fully implemented and monitored in the Region. This paper argues that the Kurdistan Region’s policies of gender equality are linked to its dependence on multilateral organisations and Western states, as well as its government’s aspiration to gain international legitimacy for statehood. Long-term international involvement in the Kurdistan Region has strengthened Kurdish autonomy, integrated international actors into administrative, political, economic and social life, and created the perception that external connections are helping the Region achieve its ultimate goal of independence.

Item Type: Monographs and Working Papers (Project Report)
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
Date Deposited: 15 May 2020 12:50

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