TADHAMUN تـضـامـن

Tadhamun (solidarity) is an Iraqi women organization, standing by Iraqi women's struggle against sectarian politics in Iraq. Fighting for equal citizenship across ethnicities and religions, for human rights, and gender equality.

جمعية تضامن تدعم المساواة في المواطنة بغض النظر عن الأنتماء الأثني أو الديني وتسعى من أجل العدالة الأجتماعية و حماية حقوق الأنسان في العراق

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

World Bank: 44% Of Iraqis Earn Less Than $83 A Month

AMMAN (Dow Jones)--Some 44% of Iraqis received a monthly income of less than 100,000 Iraqi dinars ($85), or less than $2.7 a day, according to a study unveiled Sunday by the World Bank and the Iraqi Ministry of Planning.
The study, called 'Iraq Socio-Economic Survey', shows that a considerable percentage of people in Iraq still live in poverty despite the fact that Iraq possesses the world's third-largest oil reserves.
The World Bank study, carried out during the last two years, said unemployment among Iraqis who are able to work has now reached 12%.
Researchers also found out that some 15% of Iraqi children didn't enroll in the country's primary schools and some 63% didn't enroll in intermediate schools, while 79% didn't enroll in secondary schools during the academic year 2007-2008.
It's the first ever comprehensive study carried out since the U.S.-led war that ousted the government of Saddam Hussein almost six years ago, organizers said.
Years of sanctions and wars have impacted the living standards of Iraq's population of around 30 million people.
The $7 million survey, financed by the World Bank, highlights significant variations in living standards among Iraqis across the country. It said out of the 18,144 families surveyed in all Iraqi provinces, some 25% earned a monthly income of less than IQD500,000 ($425), while some 6% of them earned IQD2 million ($1,702). According to the study, the average Iraqi family consists of 6.9 people.
The study isn't only focused on Iraqis' incomes, but also takes into account access to basic services such as electricity and water, followed by health and education.
It said only 12.5% of the population seems to enjoy a stable water supply, although that more than 80% of individuals live in dwellings connected to public water networks.
As for electricity, the national grid is the main source of three-quarters of the population, but provides an average of only eight hours a day. As such, citizens revert to the costly generators for backup, it said.
Concerning health, it found out that some 3% of the surveyed families suffered from bad health, consequences as a result of kidnapping or receiving life threats caused by violence. Some 10% of them suffer from chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Researchers said the situation was also aggravated by the deteriorating security situation in Iraq especially during the years 2006 and 2007.
"A quarter century ago, Iraq was the most developed in the Middle East...Regrettably, political instability, wars, sanctions have taken their toll on its institutions as well as citizens, undermining living standards and pushing the population into a vicious circle of fear and misery," said Hedi Larbi, World Bank Middle East director.
The head of Iraq's Central Organization for Statistics, Mehdi Al Alak said that his office and the World Bank would publish figures on the exact percentage of poverty in Iraq at the end of February. "Poverty in Iraq is less than 44%," he told Dow Jones Newswires.
"Of course there is poverty in Iraq," said Susan Razzaz, World Bank's Project's Task Team Leader. She said the Iraqi government would soon identify for the first time a line for poverty in Iraq.
This study will be an important addition to the toolkit of policy makers, development planners and practitioners, said an Iraqi member of the parliament who attended the event

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Release Iraqi women hostages, victims of terrorism themselves

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Away from Home; Memory, Art and women solidarity: you are invited to an evening of poetry and music 22/3/2017 18:30 at P21 Gallery London click here for more details
Public meeting at The Bolivar Hall, London Sat.14/5/2016 at 15:00 IDPs : Fragmentation of Cultural and National Identity


Protest the suffering of Iraqi Christians: No to terrorism No to state terrorism.Hands off our minorities. Hands off our people. Shame on the human rights violators on all sides. Assemble 11:30 on 28/7/14 near Parliament Square, near Westminister tube station London. For more past events click here


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Halt All Executions! Abolish The Death Penalty!

We women of Tadhamun condemn the persisting practice of arbitrary arrests by the Iraqi security forces. We condemn their arrests of women in lieu of their men folk. These are 'inherited' practices. We are alarmed by credible media reports of the Green Zone government’s intentions of executing hundreds of Iraqi men and women.

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Professor Zaineb Al Bahrani of Columbia University NY speaking at a our meeting on the destruction/damage to historical sites in Iraq

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Human Rights Watch: No woman is Safe


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Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD

Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD
Building of 1 500 massive police station !
From the angle of the photo, it is possible to calculate that the complex is being built at E 396388 N 3785995 (UTM Zone 38 North) or Lat. 34.209760° Long. 43.875325°, to the west of the Malwiya (Spiral Minaret), and behind the Spiral Cafe.
While the point itself may not have more than Abbasid houses under the ground, it is adjacent to the palace of Sur Isa, the remains of which can be seen in the photo. While the initial construction might or might not touch the palace, accompanying activities will certainly spread over it.Sur Isa can be identified with the palace of al-Burj, built by the
Abbasid Caliph al-Mutawakkil, probably in 852-3 (Northedge, Historical Topography of Samarra, pp 125-127, 240). The palace is said to have cost 33 million dirhams, and was luxurious. Details are given by al-Shabushti, Kitab al-Diyarat.
Samarra was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO at the end of June. The barracks could easily have been built elsewhere, off the archaeological site.--
Alastair Northedge Professeur d'Art et d'Archeologie Islamiques UFR d'Art et d'Archeologie
Universite de Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) 3, rue Michelet, 75006 Paris
tel. 01 53 73 71 08 telecopie : 01 53 73 71 13 Email :
Alastair.Northedge@univ-paris1.fr ou anorthedge@wanadoo.fr