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The Iraq Foundation wishes a Happy Newroz to Kurdish populations across the globe. Despite the suffering this community has endured throughout the last several years, the New Year celebrates the beginning of Spring and represents renewal, happiness, and the spread of warmth as the seasons change.

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Women in Iraq have long borne the brunt of violence, war and injustice that has plagued the country. Because of this appalling reality, Iraq Foundation works tirelessly to empower women and assert their role in Iraqi society. By providing women with the skills to strengthen their communities and rebuild from years of conflict, a new future can emerge based on the principles of equality and a shared prosperity for all Iraqis. Although some progress has been made, there is much work to be done to make women equal in the eyes of the law, and respected within the walls of their home.

Today, we celebrate the women around the world who have raised their voices to demand change, and bring attention to those who are unable to do so. This past year, the status quo that tolerated mistreatment and oppression has been shattered thanks to the many women who have stood tall and proven the power of a united voice. They have exposed the solemn truth experienced by women everywhere, and have brought light to the perpetrators who have sought to silence them.

IF supports all women who raise their voices to the world to create the change we all desperately need, and we will continue to strive for their right to do so.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is internationally recognized as a violation of human rights. Together, the United Nations and UNICEF created International Zero Tolerance Day for FGM, drawing awareness to a procedure that affects at least 200 million women and girls worldwide. Significant efforts are being made to reduce FGM in the Kurdish region of Iraq through local efforts and government policies. Though this harmful practice is far from over, communities throughout the region are working together to improve the lives of women and girls everywhere. #EndFGM

Contractual Proposal Writer Position
The Iraq Foundation (IF) is a 501(c)3 organization focused on promoting democracy and human rights in Iraq. The Foundation works on a variety of issues including improved governance, support to IDPs, women’s rights, and youth engagement.

IF is seeking a professional proposal writer to assist the Foundation in preparing grants for potential donors. This position will involve working with the Foundation on a contractual basis. The ideal candidate will be a technical expert in the proposal writing process with a proven record of success in obtaining funds for NGO projects. This position will be offered as a limited term contract and may be extended based upon the candidate’s performance.

Qualifications:
– Proven record of successfully funded proposals, especially in response to US Government RFPs
– Good understanding of issues related to IF’s work and interests
– The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the Middle East
– Familiarity with Iraq preferred

In order to apply, please send your Resume/CV, Cover Letter, and a Writing Sample to iraq@iraqfoundation.org

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Today the world celebrates International Human Rights Day and the culmination of UN Women’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This movement works to end violence against girls and women across the globe, giving attention to a serious issue that affects 1 in 3 women. The overarching theme of this year is “Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women and Girls,” emphasizing the importance of eliminating violence among underserved and marginalized populations, including those affected by conflict and displacement. This issue is especially prevalent in Iraq, where women who already face oppression and a lack of rights, have encountered even greater challenges as they fled from war. Violence against women and girls is undeniably a human rights issue, and working together to combat this crisis creates a brighter future for all. #OrangeTheWorld 

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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.

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