The September 11 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and other American landmarks created the conditions for an invasion of Iraq. George Bush’s military and political campaign in Iraq involved a democratisation program initiating the transition from the military dictatorship of Saddam Hussein to democracy. Under new democratic conditions the Bush administration claimed Iraqis would be afforded greater freedom and that terrorist attacks would decrease. However, in 2007, four years after the U.S. lead invasion, Iraq is facing a lack of security and basic needs combined with social chaos and violent attacks against women. Some of the most pertinent and detailed responses to the current atmosphere in Iraq may be read in the weblogs of Iraqi women. One prominent Iraqi blogger – Riverbend – states: “So this is democracy… Women weren’t allowed in the marketplace and shop owners were complaining that their businesses were suffering…” (Riverbend Wednesday, May 31: 2006). Many women’s responses indicate that any expectation of increased freedom and equality for women under the banner of democracy has not been realised. The purpose of this paper is to discuss Riverbend's story, which provides an insight into women’s experiences in post-invasion Iraq.
Field of Research
160805 Social Change 160806 Social Theory
Socio Economic Objective
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society