and civil society in Iraq, and help Iraq in contributing to regional stability.
Activity 5 IF held multiple meetings throughout August and July under the slogan “Women, Peace and Security through Resolution 1325”. The meetings focused on the importance of enabling women and girls to become effective actors in peace and security, in addition to promoting women’s participation in identifying existing concepts based on community’s perspective of gender. Ms. Rend Al Rahim, President of IF, moderated the training sessions that were attended by 35 participants, 24 of which were women and 11 were men. Among the topics discussed were the achievements of women in local government in regard to UNSCR 1325, the role of the Commission for National Reconciliation in the Baghdad Provincial Council, as well as the National and Emergency Action Plans related to UNSCR1325, in addition to presenting the findings of the interim monitoring reports developed by partner organizations regarding the implementation of … Continue reading
Iraq Foundation joins the United Nations in celebrating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and reemphasizes the necessity of preventing gender-based violence (GBV) not only in Iraq, but around the world. Today marks the 1st day of the 16 Days of Activism against GBV, which ends on December 10 with Human Rights Day. Through programming such as Al-Rasid Project, IF has sought to combat GBV as a means of bolstering civil society and empowering women to become active stakeholders in Iraq. Alongside other international NGOs, IF’s projects have adapted to the specific concerns of Iraqi women, partnering with other international actors to assist survivors of violence in the wake of Da’esh. As a participant in projects related to UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, we join the United Nations in acknowledging this day as a reaffirmation … Continue reading
Upbeat The Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq Paul MacAlindin “Iraqi Teen Seeks Maestro For Youth Orchestra” This unassuming headline compelled a successful Scottish conductor to set off on a life-altering odyssey to one of the most dangerous countries on earth. In his fascinating memoir, Paul MacAlindin recounts how he and an inspiring 17-year-old piano protégé built the first ever Youth Orchestra of Iraq from the ashes of the Iraq War. Upbeat is the story of Paul and the orchestra he helped create. How do you pull together a diverse orchestra of both Arabs and Kurds (not natural colleagues), young musicians some who are self-taught; many without proper instruments; and all of whom have suffered immensely from tyranny and war? And perhaps most crucially of all, how can you make beautiful music when you are living through … 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