There’s “no safety for women” in Iraq, according to the founder of a network which operates underground shelters there for female survivors of abuse.
Yanar Mohammed, addressed the UN Security Council at an open debate to mark the 15th anniversary of a resolution on women, peace and security.
She founded the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), and highlighted not only the sexual enslavement and trafficking of women by the extremist group ISIL, but also what she said were failings on the part of the government in Baghdad to treat women equally.
Far from supporting her underground refuges, the government had declared them illegal. She told Matthew Wells why she had come to speak at UN headquarters.