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November 25 was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and many countries, including Iraq, hold a 16-day commemoration, with events, articles, and advocacy. On this occasion, the Iraq Foundation is re-publishing a report we wrote on Gender-Based Violence (GBV), based on confidential interviews and data gathered from 1,583 women in five Iraqi governorates. Many of the women interviewed were internally displaced from the sectarian conflict that raged in Iraq from 2005-2008, compounding their predicament. The report has some horrifying statistics. For example, a full 8% of women said that they had been victims of incest. Over 30% were forced into marriages they did not want. 10% had suffered from severe physical assault by a family member. 4% had been raped. 13% were under the age of 15 when they married. 7% had been subject to genital mutilation. The situation has worsened dramatically since 2013, and yet the Iraqi parliament has been sitting on the draft of the Family Protection Law since 2012, and more recently some political parties want to change the Personal Status Law in ways that will harm women. Read our report:

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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 rights and build peaceful communities. We are constantly working to achieve this goal. Through our Empowering Returnee Women project, we are working to stabilize areas of return in Iraq so that young girls coming home can receive an education and the childhood they deserve. The future of Iraq depends on it.

Iraq Foundation would like to celebrate 11 years of excellent service by our Finance & HR Administrator, Radia Nait. Radia is the core of IF’s accounting department and has been one of our longest serving employees. She is the backbone to each of our projects, and we wouldn’t be able to reach our goals without her hard work. Iraq Foundation thanks her for her selfless efforts for the people of Iraq.

eid_pinterest_759IF wishes a happy Eid Al-Adha to Iraqis and Muslims everywhere! As people around the world come together to unite with friends and loved ones, we would like to recognize the suffering and sacrifice by so many throughout Iraq who are unable to celebrate this joyful occasion. We hope peace, happiness and safety for all.

After 9 months of a long and costly struggle, the city of Mosul has been liberated from the grip of Da’esh (ISIS) by the people of Iraq.  Even with victory however, there is still much work to be done.  The safety, protection, and peace for civilians inside Mosul during this difficult transitional period will be of the utmost importance.  Many are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance for medicine and basic needs, as well as access to electricity and clean water in order to rebuild their lives that were destroyed by Da’esh.

With a major hurdle overcome in regaining control over Iraq’s second largest city, sectarianism, corruption and the cancerous Da’esh ideology will need to be addressed for a lasting peace to be attainable. The Iraq Foundation hopes and urges unity and tolerance among the city’s inhabitants and returning families as Mosul seeks to enter a new era of peace and prosperity.

Iraq Foundation would like to wish a happy Eid al-Fitr to all Muslims in Iraq and around the world in culmination of the month of Ramadan. We wish everyone safety and happiness with family and friends during this holy time. Eid Mubarak!

 

يتقدم المعهد العراقي بأطيب التهاني وأصدق التمنيات بمناسبه عيد الفطر المبارك

 

Today, June 20 marks World Refugee Day, a day to recognize the struggle of millions of refugees around the world, and to commemorate their strength, courage, and perseverance. The war against ISIS (Da’esh) in Iraq has led millions to flee their homes, joining a vast refugee population not only from the Middle East, but from many corners of the world. The Iraq Foundation recognizes the selfless efforts put forth by the United Nations and many governmental and non-governmental organizations to assist the over three million internally displaced Iraqis, and countless others effected by this conflict.

With many civilians still fleeing ISIS and thousands more already in refugee and displacement camps across neighboring countries, the Iraq Foundation expresses our support for all refugees who have risked everything in search of safety for themselves and their loved ones. While the conflict is still ongoing and much work remains to be done, the Iraq foundation continues to push for a sustainable solution to this crisis so that individuals in harm’s way may be able to resume their lives once more. It is critical to note that while the world acknowledges refugee suffering on this one day, for them it is a continuous struggle that will last long after the sun goes down.

Iraq Foundation is deeply concerned by the Human Rights Watch report that over 300 displaced families have been forced out of camps by the Iraqi army and other security forces to return to west Mosul. While IF understands the crowded conditions in camps and the need to accommodate more recently displaced persons from high-risk areas, no family should be removed from a camp against their will. In addition, these individuals are being sent to highly volatile areas in close proximity to the front lines. They are largely food insecure, do not have access to clean water, and have no economic opportunity to return to.

IF urges that the proper steps be taken by camp personnel and the international community to ensure safe shelter for all displaced persons. When returnees do go home, it must be to safe, secure areas with readily available water, food, and medical assistance. The sheer proximity of these newly-returned families to hazardous neighborhoods still threatened by Da’esh will only prolong the humanitarian efforts needed to rebuild Mosul.

Restricting journalism and freedom of the press deprives people from their most important resource: knowledge. When the public is unable to access valuable information, it obstructs their ability to learn and weakens nations as a whole. It is in the interest of all leaders and governments around the world to ensure an entirely free press in order to ensure future prosperity. When the press is respected, democracy flourishes. When governments are transparent, their populations thrive.

Iraq has proven to be an extremely hostile ground for journalists. Freedom of information is restricted, and the very lives of journalists themselves are constantly threatened. Iraq suffered one of the highest death tolls in 2016 with 11 journalists losing their lives according to the International News Safety Institute. To make matters worse, those responsible for such attacks have rarely been brought to justice. Journalists take great risks to tell the stories that make our world, and we owe it to them to protect their efforts with the utmost respect. The Iraq Foundation urges the international community and governments everywhere, not just in Iraq, to do all they can to protect these most sacred liberties and the individuals who devote their lives to a cause greater than themselves.

 

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Iraq Foundation wishes Yazidis everywhere peace and prosperity during the beautiful celebration of Sere Sal to mark the new year. This joyous occasion is testament to the relentless spirit of the Yazidi faith and communities all over the world.

Sadly, countless Yazidi women, children and men are deprived of this celebration as so many remain missing, captive, or have perished in the atrocious acts of Da’esh. The suffering they have endured will not be forgotten. We stand in solidarity with all Yazidis and look to the future in hopes that this year and all that follow will usher in a new era of peace.

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