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IF would like to congratulate all Iraqis on the occasion of Newroz!

In recognition of her outstanding leadership and proven capabilities demonstrated over the past 9 years serving as the Deputy Director of the Iraq Foundation (IF), we are pleased to announce that Ms. Selwa Gailani will take over the position of Executive Director effective March 10. Ms. Rend Al-Rahim will serve as the President of the Iraq Foundation and as such, will continue to represent IF and have overall responsibility for the institution’s performance and management.

IF would like to share a translated article, "Iraqis' New Personal Status Ja'fari Law is Sectarian." This article was originally written in Arabic by Iraqi Parliamentarian and IF partner, Safia Suheil and is available on the website of the Woodrow Wilson Intrnational Center for Scholars.

Board member, Azzam Alwash, has been named as one of Foreign Policy's top 100 thinkers for 2013! Read more here.

The Iraq Foundation celebrates the publication of the "Inter-Agency Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Mapping in Iraq." IF contributed to the development of this report as a member of the SGBV Sub-Working Group in Baghdad. The report provides a snapshot of SGBV patterns, prevention and response mechanisms in Iraq and is meant to serve as a practical tool to pull information on SGBV prevention and response in order to more effectively plan, implement and strategize.

The Iraq Foundation would like to honor the following staff members for their hard work and dedication on the success of the Women for Equitable Legislation (WEL) project: Ms. Suhaila Al-Assadi, Ms. Amna Al-Katib and Mr. Humam Rajab. Due to their efforts, the legislative amendments and interventions that the WEL project has been working on to improve women's rights in Iraq have been approved by the Ministry of State for Women's Affairs and have been submitted to the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, where they await consideration by the Cabinet. Through the persevering efforts of our WEL staff the legislative amendments have also been endorsed by members or parliament, in several cases exceeding the required number in the constitution, and have been submitted to the Office of the Speaker for consideration by the Council of Representatives.

We would also like to thank the members of the Iraqi COR and the senior Ministerial officials who have supported the goals and the work of the WEL project. We also wish to thank our group of dedicated partner NGOs, numerous judges, academics, and activists who have contributed to the success of the project and to bringing it to the attention of decision-makers.Our sincere thanks to our staff and to all our partners and collaborators!

**All announcements can be viewed on our news and announcements page.

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