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Women’s minister to stay on

Iraq’s state minister for women’s affairs says she will withdraw her resignation after receiving pledges from international aid organizations to help improve women’s lives.

Nawal al-Samarraie quit last month to protest the lack of resources for women. She accused the government of not prioritizing women’s needs.

But al-Samarraie said Monday that three international aid organizations have pledged to offer funds. She also said that more than 50 Iraqi women have offered to volunteer to implement the ministry’s plans.

She said she will present the request to be reinstated on Tuesday.

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Her decision comes a day after the British-based charity, Oxfam, said Iraqi women face extreme poverty and personal insecurity despite an overall decrease in nationwide violence.

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