The Iraqi Women’s League is a mass democratic organization open to
Iraqi women regardless op class, nationality belief or religion. The
league was founded on March 10-1952. With aim of struggle for:
1-Peace, national liberation and democracy.
2-Woman’s rights and equality.
3-child protection and happiness.
-Branches were established in Kurdistan and other provinces.
-Issued its circular organ under the name of “Women’s Rights”.
-1953 it joined with Women International Democratic Federation ‘WIDF’.
-1954 it held first underground Conference attended by 54 delegates.
-1955 it became member in secretariat of ‘WIDF’.
-Participation in demonstration of 1952 UR raising. And
demonstrations support to Egypt 1956.
-Participated in the national front which played an essential rode
in Revolution of July 1958.
-It held three congresses in 1959, 1960 and 1961 with membership
42.000 members, and changes its name from Iraqi woman League for
defence of woman’s rights to Iraqi Women’s League.
-After the coup, the league was banned hundreds of its members were
detained to recurred and convicted.
-In 1966 &1967 the League reactivated.
-1669 the ministry of interior rejected the League’s application to
function legally and the government issued special law to punish
those active in organizations other those permitted by the
-1973-1974 the League held two local conferences in Kurdistan.
-1973-1974&1975 local conferences were held in middle and southern
parts of Iraq.
-1974 the fourth congress was postponed due to state terror.
-1975 the League participated in preparation for world congress in
-1975 the League has stopped its activity due to official warning.
-Feb. 1979 as repression escalated the League resumed underground
-July 1980 the League has participated in international meeting in
-Nov. 1980 the League participated in international Aden seminar for
-April 1981 the League became a member of ‘AWU’.
-May 1981 the fourth congress was held under the motto “let all
women unite against dictatorship and fascism, for democracy,
equality and happy childhood”.
-At the beginning of 1989 it held an enlarged conference which drew
up guideline for struggle.
-Through years of 1980 branches for the League were established in
Arabic and European countries.
-1982-1983 the League central bureau in abroad was formed and issued
-Numbers of it member participated in armed straggle.
-Through the years of 1990 it participated in following activities:
*Attended WIDF at years 1991-1994 in UK & France.
*Participating in establishment of Arabic local bureau in Beirut.
*1991 numbers of organisations were founded in Kurdistan and the
League became legal.
*Participated in Arabic woman court in 1995.
*It and Kurdistan women League participated in Pekin congress at
1995 against violence.
*It attended with Kurdistan Women League WIDF congress 12 in Paris .
*1999 the League held seminar in Colin and issued a brochure.
*In the years of nineties Iraqi women organization and branches for
the League were founded in Europe.
-It held three meeting through 2000 about preparation to fifth
congress an international women demonstration.
-Participation in international demonstration in B. & N.
-Preparatory commissions’ were formed in 2001.
-In middle 2002 the congress was postponed.
-June 2002 the secretary of the League with P.C. have held a meeting
to remain active an to hold a meeting in London.
-Oct. 2002 the meeting was held in London and a commission to the
League in abroad was formed.
-Participation in the congress/3 Nov. 2002 with a delegation from
Kurdistan Women League.
-In the beginning of 2003 it issued two appeals against war and for
8th op march.
-After fall down of dictatorial the League reactivated and demanded
for woman’s rights and participation in leading positions.
-Participated in forming Iraqi women net.
-Share in activities against violence against women.
-Holding enlarged meeting in Iraq and in abroad.
-Held fifth congress in July 2005 delegated leading commotion, and
Courses for leaders.
-Campaign against killing women in Basra, collecting more than 8000
signature and delegations to Iraq embassies and European Parliament
Held sixth congress in March 2008.