IWF’s Yasmine Rassam had a great article in Human Events Online on Friday discussing international women’s rights, particularly shari’a law and the relationship between Iran and Iraq.  Here’s a teaser:

“Iran’s influence permeates political and daily life in Iraq, especially in the South where close family, religious, and cultural ties have been the norm for centuries. In the coming months, however, Iraq must reject one of Iran’s more insidious exports — the institutionalization of Iranian-style Islamic law that codifies women’s position as second-class citizens.

“Since the liberation of Iraq in 2003, Iraqi society has made significant strides in terms of political participation for women and the safeguarding of women’s rights. However, social and political obstacles still have the potential to restrict women’s rights and marginalize their participation in Iraq.”