and civil society in Iraq, and help Iraq in contributing to regional stability.
In recent months, the Iraq Foundation (IF) and the National Coalition members in the five provinces continued the efforts to publish and disseminate the National Charter through local print and social media to raise awareness among local and national government decision-makers about its recommendation/terms. The recommendations have been presented and discussed in conferences, seminars, radio and TV programs, all over the country to attract more stakeholders to join Iraq Foundation efforts to towards ending violence against women in Iraq. IF and the members of the National Coalition managed the publication and dissemination of the National Charter through various media outlets to raise awareness of its content amongst local and national government officials. In addition, the Task Force held 2 hearing sessions in Baghdad for women affected by violence. Finally, NGOs in Baghdad, Babil, and Daiyla allocated enough resources to continue their legal clinics supporting victimized women … Continue reading
As part of the Hewar project supported by INL, IF concluded its workshop in Beirut on August 28, 2014. We were honored to have present with us the Head of the Judiciary Branch (High Judiciary Council) His Excellency, Judge Medhet al Mahmoud, and a delegation of senior judges.
The Iraq Foundation is pleased to introduce our new Chief Operating Officer (COO), Ms. Basma Fakri. Working tirelessly to empower Iraqi women, support freedom and democracy in Iraq since immigrating to the US in 1982, Ms. Fakri co-founded the Women’s Alliance for a Democratic Iraq (WAFDI), an organization dedicated to a free and democratic Iraq with full and equal individual rights for women. She sat on the steering committee of the Network of Iraqi American Organizations in Michigan and was a member of the Women for a Free Iraq campaign. Ms. Fakri organized, led and managed many training sessions on women’s political participation, ending violence against women, economic empowerment and rights in Baghdad, Beirut and the US. She worked as a voter education officer and national counting officer with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) during the first Iraq out-of-country voting. Additionally, … Continue reading
The expansion of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) in the past month has increased the challenges faced by communities in Ninawa, Salaheddin, Anbar, and Diyala provinces. With the continued and spreading violence, the need for aid and protection is more urgent than ever before. The conditions of families displaced by this violence are appalling, and the deaths of children from heat and lack of water and food have been widely reported by international organizations. This violence has caused massive waves of internal migration and displacement, particularly from the Ninawa and Salah Al-Din provinces. Tens of thousands of the men, women and children who have been forced to flee their homes have headed to Dohuk and Erbil while others remain displaced in their own provinces and elsewhere in Iraq. 200,000 have fled from Ninawa to Dohuk and are … Continue reading