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Female breadwinners defy convention

By necessity or design, Iraqi women are launching their own businesses in Mosul

AFP, MOSUL, Iraq

“This shop is a first step and I have other plans for later,” Salem said, before returning to arranging her flowers.

For women’s rights activist Rim Mohammed, it is crucial that the state supports other women setting up their own businesses.

“Their social rights must be assured, employment created and their place in cultural and political life guaranteed,” she said.

Khalaf al-Hadidi, who runs Nineveh province’s planning department, said he takes this message on board.

He said micro credits of between five and 10 million dinars (US$4,200 to US$8,400) will be granted to women, boys and girls as a priority.

He promised this would happen as soon as the province receives the US$1 billion allocated by Iraq’s federal budget, without specifying when that might occur.

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