and civil society in Iraq, and help Iraq in contributing to regional stability.
On December 27, 2016 IF held the final meeting of Al Rasid project in Baghdad to present the Final Monitoring and Evaluation Report. The report showcased the findings of the Provincial Task Forces’ (PTFs) monitoring efforts of the Government of Iraq’s implementation of the National Action plan (NAP) on UNSCR 1325, as well as an analysis monitoring the implementation of recommended legal changes with a special section devoted to the needs of IDPs, minorities, and other vulnerable individuals. In addition, IF presented the TV spots generated throughout the Al Rasid Media Campaign intended to raise awareness on the role of women as peace builders. The videos also highlight the role of men in ending conflict and supporting the NAP and NS.
March 8th is a day to honor the achievements and contributions to society by so many inspiring women. It is also to recognize the rampant inequality women undeniably encounter not just in Iraq but around the world. Despite our current capacity as a global society, structural oppression still restricts women from the most basic freedoms and permits unjust persecution in societies rooted in patriarchal norms of the past. While progress has been made for women’s participation as citizens and in government, recent social shifts have threatened these advancements and turned the clock backward on the status of women in society. Far too many women are still denied an education, and face high risks of domestic violence, child marriage, and female genital mutilation. As critical as it is to provide women with the tools they need to prosper, it is equally important as … Continue reading
As the coalition offensive to retake Mosul from Da’esh continues, various communities displaced by the group’s terror have sought to return to their historic and cultural communities. Included within this group is Iraq’s Christian population, many of whom left home in Ninewa at the start of the conflict in June of 2014. While Iraqi and American forces continue to close in on the heart of Da’esh in Iraq, the newly liberated areas outside of the city have seen the return of Iraqi Christians, some of whom continue to fight for their homeland as Da’esh’s influence wanes in the region. In Qaraqosh, the story of Syriac Catholics standing up to radical extremism has been one of hardship and hope. Syriac priests returning to the community’s Church of the Immaculate Conception found their place of worship, “blackened by fire, [its] alter vandalized,” … Continue reading
IF commends the United States House of Representatives on approving the bipartisan Women, Peace, and Security Act that will make women’s inclusion a key pillar to US foreign policy. This action will strengthen peace and security initiatives by affirming the presence of women in dialogue, a critical component to ensuring stability. In doing so, the Act asserts that the US is committed to making the significant contribution of women in preventing and resolving conflict a core priority. Inclusive security has long been championed by IF through our work in Iraq, most notably with our ongoing Al Rasid Project. The legislation will now be sent through the United States Senate for final approval. To contact your local senator to encourage their support on the Women, Peace, and Security Act, call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121