Gender and Statehood in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Zeynep Kaya, February 2017
The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has made greater strides towards gender equality than the federal government of Iraq. However, discriminatory rules and practices still exist, and changes are not fully implemented and monitored in the Region. This paper argues that the Kurdistan Region’s policies of gender equality are linked to its dependence on multilateral organisations and Western states, as well as its government’s aspiration to gain international legitimacy for statehood.