As a feminist, this infuriates me. I try to be tolerant of religions, but this antiquated law that doesn't allow a woman to travel without permission from her father or husband. The problem with this is that it treats women as property. It's so infuriating, especially when it is a mandate of the state as a whole. The state is overwhelmingly Muslim, but still, there are many who don't subscribe to this overly patriarchal interpretation of the Koran. To impose such a belief on everyone is a huge injustice.
The real question is what to do about it. Well, nothing. Since there are so many other problems in Iraq right now, real human rights work is falling at the wayside. The only valid reason left for interfering in Iraq's internal politics, human rights, is a complete myth. So many people are suffering and fearing for their lives that in this state, women have trouble escaping to places where they can live freely.