Mishkat Al Moumin was the first minister of the environment in the interim Iraqi government of 2004–2005, where she developed 15 projects funded by international organizations. Al Moumin is the founder and CEO of Women and the Environment Organization (WATEO), a UN-funded nongovernmental organization that works among rural women in the Iraqi marshlands.

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I paid a high price to learn about the connections between women, security, and the environment. In June of 2004, 15 months after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, I was appointed the country’s first minister for the environment. Shortly afterward, I survived a suicide car bombing, where four of my bodyguards died. Al Qaeda claimed […]

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