The regime in Baghdad’s Green Zone is busy organising a celebration of a different kind for this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March. Among its highlights will be the execution of four Iraqi women. This follows on from its decision to honour four of its Iraqi officers accused of raping a young woman Zainab Abbas Hussain al-Shummary. The office of prime minister had forged an American medical report. Long gone are the colourful parades of Iraqi women commemorating their achievements. Now we only have parades of death, where the “liberated” and “empowered” Iraqi women and girls, covered head to toe with hijabs and abayas, will queue at police stations, prisons, detention camps, hospital’s “fridges” and crowded morgues looking for the disappeared, kidnapped or their assassinated loved ones.