The Iraq Foundation is a non-profit organization aiming to promote democracy, human rights,
and civil society in Iraq, and help Iraq in contributing to regional stability.


ERW Final Report

November 20, 2017 - Projects

Empowering Returnee Women Final Report Over the course of 9 months Iraq Foundation trained female head of households in liberated areas of return in the three provinces of Anbar, Nenawa, and Salaheddin. Through these trainings, the women developed the capacity to serve as leaders and advocates for other women in their communities as they rebuild their lives. This report details objectives, results, success stories, and recommendations based on IF’s assessments throughout the project.              

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Today the world celebrates International Human Rights Day and the culmination of UN Women’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This movement works to end violence against girls and women across the globe, giving attention to a serious issue that affects 1 in 3 women. The overarching theme of this year is “Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women and Girls,” emphasizing the importance of eliminating violence among underserved and marginalized populations, including those affected by conflict and displacement. This issue is especially prevalent in Iraq, where women who already face oppression and a lack of rights, have encountered even greater challenges as they fled from war. Violence against women and girls is undeniably a human rights issue, and working together to combat this crisis creates a brighter future for all. #OrangeTheWorld 

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Ramadan, the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar, is a time of piety and philanthropy for Iraqis practicing Islam. The rich traditions of the holiday center on food and community. Special breads, sweets, and juices are prepared and many families celebrate iftar together, breaking fast and practicing the Islamic tenant of generosity at each other’s homes or a local mosque. Ramadan is a time of joy and celebration, yet years of instability have altered Iraqis’ ability to partake in many traditions, changing the culture and practices of a treasured celebration. For refugees fleeing the country, internally displaced persons (IDPs) in camps, and those living in cities and villages, cultural shifts have transformed how Ramadan is celebrated, deeply affecting all Iraqis. The past fourteen years of conflict and destruction in Iraq have transformed virtually every aspect of life for the … Continue reading

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Key Biodiversity Areas of Iraq IF is proud to support Key Biodiversity Areas of Iraq, an in-depth analysis of critical areas throughout Iraq in desperate need of conservation. This book is the combined effort of Nature Iraq and the Iraqi Ministry of Health and Environment, which began field research in 2004 to identify Iraq’s Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) that hold significant biological diversity with a range of animal species and plant life that must be protected. Follow the link above to learn more about the beauty of nature in Iraq and the importance of its preservation, and purchase a copy here on the Amazon marketplace.  

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