Historically, Iraqi women have played a relatively active role in their society and as breadwinners in their families, whether they were community leaders, educators, doctors or engineers. But that doesn't necessarily mean women are sufficiently represented in Iraq.
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Nasreen Berwari, Minister of Public Works in the new Iraqi interim government
Swanee Hunt, lecturer at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and founder of the nonprofit organization Women Waging Peace
Ala Talabani, co-founder of Women for a Free Iraq and the Iraqi Women's High Council, and former vice president of the Kurdistan Women's Union
This program aired on June 23, 2004.