International Shia News Agency

Iraq: 13.3% of women are employed

13.3 percent of women

SHAFAQNA- In oil-rich Iraq, women make up just 13.3 percent of the labour force, according to the World Bank. With hammer and saw, Nour Al-Janabi is building her latest creation, a candy-pink sofa, in the carpentry workshop she runs in male-dominated and conservative Iraq.

“At the start, relatives criticized me,” said the 29-year-old carpenter and furniture-maker, who is also a mother of four. “They would say: ‘But you’re a woman… You’re an amateur… It’s a men’s trade’.”

Covered in velvet or imitation leather, the sofas and armchairs that she designs, makes and mends in her south Baghdad workshop go from rustic style to Louis XV.

Source: raqinews

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