Good News For a Change

Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Despite the overwhelming gloominess of the situation in Iraq, there are a few significant glimmers of hope. This poll of Iraqi women is one sign that the country is progressing, albeit haltingly, down the democratic path:

-- 94% of women surveyed want to secure legal rights for women.
-- 84% of women want the right to vote on the final constitution.
-- Nearly 80% of women believe that their participation in local and national councils should not be limited.
-- The most unexpected result of the survey is that despite increasing violence, particularly violence against women, 90.6% of Iraqi women reported that they are hopeful about their future.

Nary a peep has been heard from feminists about the revolutionary strides made by Iraqi and especially Afghan women over the past three years.

For the first time in Arab history, millions of Muslim women in Iraq and Afghanistan have been afforded the chance to vote and even to run for political office. Yet apparently western feminists are too busy vilifying America to care.

(Chador-tip: Normblog)