Iraqi minister resigns over lack of aid for women

Iraq's state minister of women's affairs is asking to resign over what she calls a lack of support for the widows and other women facing great hardship in the wartorn country. Nawal al-Samarraie said Friday that she submitted her resignation this week but hasn't received a response from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's office. Al-Samarraie said she was frustrated because she didn't have enough authority or resources to tackle the tough issues facing women in Iraq. She said she had done her best but that she's achieved "very little" compared with the needs of Iraqi women. Tens of thousands of women have been left widows by Iraq's violence. They have virtually no safety net and few job opportunities and usually depend on extended families.