Global Partners Governance (GPG) is delighted to present our latest publication ‘Women’s Economic Empowerment in Iraq: Voices of Female Entrepreneurs’ written by Müjge Küçükkeleş as part of Voices from Iraq series, under our currently Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) funded project in Iraq.
Last year we launched our first of the series on the Economic Drivers of Youth Political Discontent in Iraq, which was a response to widespread popular protests which started the 1st of October 2019. That research responded directly to the tumultuous events of the past year and explores perceptions and attitudes of young people in Iraq and Kurdistan in their own words. The report formulated recommendations for policymakers, as well as further questions which deserve exploration in greater depth. This second part of the series follows on to capture the Voices of Female Entrepreneurs, painting a picture of the challenges they face and opportunities they see, and drawing wider lessons from them on Iraqi economy, society, and politics.