High Baghdad Official Forced To Resign

High Baghdad Official Forced to Resign over Veiling Issue

Az-Zaman reports that Jawad Kadhim al-Anani, appointed to a high position in the Baghdad provincial government just twenty-four hours before, was forced to resign because he had immediately issued a decree requiring enforced veiling of women municipal employees during business hours. He thereby deeply offended hundreds of female government employees. Some employees say there have not been formal actions taken against them for not veiling, but that they receive various forms of pressure to do so. (“Veiling” here probably means wearing a headscarf and modest clothing with long sleeves and hemlines).