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.


IF conducted a Leadership Training over a two-day span on advocacy, leadership, and networking for women leaders (WLs). During the training, IF distributed smartphones to 60 WLs in three provinces (Anbar, Nenawa and Salaheddin). WLs attended technical training on communication skills through use of smartphone applications including Facebook, Viber, Whatsapp, Telegram and Instagram applications. The WLs created groups with one another on Whatsapp to establish a mode of communication between them. These groups will allow the women to raise problems that they are facing and consult with their peers to seek solutions. The smartphones will also allow having an effective, real-time dissemination of critical information to their communities and officials on matters concerning healthcare, security, and more. Dhefafa Al Jarahi,  IF’s Country Manager in Iraq, conducted field visits to attend the leadership training in Qayyarah and Al Jadaa in the province of … Continue reading

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The 2017 International Day of the Girl draws attention to the struggles young women face before, during, and after times of crisis. According to UN Women, girls living in regions of conflict are 90% more likely to be out of school than those living in crisis-free areas. Additionally, women and children make up three-quarters of those fleeing conflict zones worldwide, with approximately 2.5 million girls under the age of 18 in need of humanitarian assistance in just Iraq alone. These staggering numbers demonstrate the harm of calamity on adolescent girls, who already face gender inequality before conflicts even begin. Emergencies exacerbate this discrimination and cause higher rates of sex slavery, child marriage, human trafficking, rape, and gender-based violence. Iraq Foundation believes that we must draw attention to the unique dangers that girls face, and empower them to fight for their … Continue reading

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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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Iraq Foundation is proud to support the Sun Force Sisters Informational Discussion about their critical work in Iraqi Kurdistan helping female survivors of ISIS’ Yazidi genocide. Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:30pm The Middle East Institute, 1319 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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