Job losses are leading to financial problems and family frustrations. The incidence of violence against women at home is increasing, as is the divorce rate.
Lack of information, fear of the unknown and distrust of the authorities led locals in Iraqi Kurdistan to come up with their own methods to combat the coronavirus.
The first Iraqis to be infected with COVID-19 kept quiet about it rather than deal with bullying, isolation and fear. It may have made the outbreak worse.
Testing for the virus, providing moral support and sewing masks at home: In Iraqi Kurdistan, females are finding different routes to combat the coronavirus.
Marriage, weakness, societal pressure and danger: Ask male managers at Iraqi media outlets why more women don’t work there, and those are their answers.
Senior political correspondent Niyaz Abdallah has been working in Iraqi Kurdistan for over 15 years. She describes the harassment only female journalists have to deal with.
In Iraq, online trolls deliberately target female activists. These Facebook campaigns have ended in several murders.
A reporter based in southern Iraq tells tales of everyday discrimination while simply doing her job.
In some conservative Iraqi communities, women who use social media are seen as immoral. They are often attacked online, and then attacked physically too.
Female reporters in the northern autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan are just as enthusiastic about conflict reporting as their male colleagues are. But they face many more challenges getting there.