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KRG looks to enhance protection of women, children

Kurdish activists and government agencies have submitted draft laws to amend the law on domestic violence but critics question whether it will be enforced.
An Iraqi Kurdish woman demonstrates in front of the Kurdistan Judicial Council offices in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on May 29, 2014 denouncing the murder of 15-year-old Dunia Selman (portrait) by her 45-year-old husband the past week. AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED        (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

ERBIL — Activists and government agencies in Iraqi Kurdistan have drafted amendments over the past few months to the autonomous region’s existing law combating domestic violence, introducing measures aimed at better protection of women's and children's rights.

Kurdish parliamentarians will convene with the sponsors of the two drafts next week to possibly merge them into one and then introduce them on the floor of parliament, according to Kajal Hadi Faqe, a member of Iraqi Kurdistan parliament's women affairs committee. 

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