Population

The Republic of Iraq is an impoverished and war torn country located in Western Asia. As of July 2011, the country's estimated population is 30,399, 572 and is growing at an estimated rate of 2.399%. Of the population, an estimated 49.4% is female. 66% of Iraqis live in Urbanized areas. According to recent research, the estimated rate of urbanization growing at an annual rate of 2.6%. The gross national product (GNP) of Iraq is roughly $16 billion. The estimated PPP of the nation is $104.954 billion.

Life Expectancy

Medical care and health statistics vary in Iraq, as in many nations, due to differences of education and availability in rural and urban areas. The lack of resources available in the nation is obvious when considering the fact that one in four people living in Iraq do not have access to clean drinking water. Despite the struggles of daily life, the average life expectancy of a newborn Iraqi citizen is 68 years old. Sadly, out of every one hundred babies born in the nation, 35 do not live until their first birthday. 44 out of every 100 Iraqi children do not survive to be five years old. Malnutrition is a sad yet prominent fact in the lives of Iraqis and is considered to be on the rise since the US invasion of the country. According to studies conducted by UNICEF, malnutrition is responsibly for 70% of death in Iraqi children.

Marriage and Birth

According to Iraqi law, people must be eighteen to enter into a marriage, or fifteen with appropriate parental permission. Even with the law in place, some estimate that women, on average, marry at 15. Statistically speaking, average Iraqi families are made up of 3.67 children per household. One out of every 300 Iraqi mothers die during childbirth.

Education

44.8% of children enrolled in primary school are female. In other words, for every 100 boys enrolled in primary school there are slightly fewer than 89 girls. Despite this discrepancy, the number of girls and boys graduating from primary school are nearly equal. 75% of females who begin primary school have dropped out before they begin intermediary education.

Workforce

Though women make up nearly half of the population, only 18% of the national workforce is female. Of those women, most are employed in lower level government positions such as work with The Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works or The Ministry of Water Resources. In the national parliament, it is required by the constitution that at least 25% of the seats be filled by women. In the last election, only 5 women were elected by popular vote. An addition 80 had to be appointed in order to meet the quota. Currently, there is only one woman holding a position in the national cabinet. Other acceptable jobs for females include the sale or creating of handicrafts and agricultural work. Only 4.4 of working women are employed in positions under the "professional" umbrella.

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