Iraqi women face tough choices in their country following the US-led invasion and occupation.
While many remain determined to build new lives for themselves in the country, others fear continuing instability and its effects on their families.
BBCArabic.com spoke to six Iraqi women living in Baghdad.
They talked about how their lives had changed under occupation, their fears over security and their hopes for the future in a new Iraq.
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