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IF applauds the removal of Iraq from the Trump Administration’s list of countries whose citizens are prohibited from entering the US on the basis of Iraq’s existing screening procedures, and acknowledges the efforts by the Iraqi government and top Administration officials who advocated for its removal. Iraq has been an effective partner in the fight against Da’esh, and it is crucial that Iraqi citizens and officials are legally able to enter the US. It is also vital the US honor its commitment to Iraqis who, along with their families, are eligible for citizenship in exchange for their prior service alongside American troops in Iraq, both as interpreters and other assistance roles, whose futures have been jeopardized by these measures.

IF stands by our principles of human rights, religious tolerance, and helping Iraq contribute to regional stability.

Today marks the end of UN Women’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, a movement which began on the 25th of November with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and now concludes with Human Rights Day. IF recognizes the continuous efforts of the United Nations to foster a discourse that guarantees freedom, equality, and safety for women worldwide and in Iraq.

On this day dedicated to human rights, the Iraq Foundation reflects on the progress made by various governmental and non-governmental actors to guarantee the protection of human rights in Iraq and eliminate GBV. IF has worked with local partner organizations over the course of the last two years through our Al-Rasid Project to enable sustainable GBV-prevention methods within Iraq as a means of implementing the National Action Plan, pursuant with UN Security Council Resolution 1325, Women Peace and Security. With the help of partner stakeholders in sustainable development, IF looks forward to a day in which human rights are enshrined and GBV is eliminated across Iraq and around the world.

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 of a collective desire to create a world in which women can live without the spectre of violence they presently face.

Today, Iraqis unite to take back the city of Mosul, the final Da’esh stronghold in Iraq. With the battle now underway, the Iraq Foundation urges the protection and safety of civilian lives at all costs. This battle has the capacity to displace hundreds of thousands of people, as an estimated 1.2 to 1.5 million civilians are currently trapped inside. The humanitarian conditions within Mosul are relatively unknown, however the necessity for immediate assistance for many will be desperately needed.

This battle holds high significance as it marks one of the last major hurdles in eradicating Da’esh from Iraq once and for all. While the full expulsion of Da’esh’s ideology will be a continuing battle, the retaking of Mosul will reestablish the sovereignty of the Iraqi government over land it has lost control of since the summer of 2014. With the stakes so high and the prospect for victory so nearly attainable, it is essential that the various actors involved in retaking Mosul unite under a common cause, and do not let conflicting views of the city’s future undermine the success of the operation.

On August 19th 2003, the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad was attacked resulting in 22 deaths and countless injuries. In memory of these attacks, the United Nations officially declared August 19th World Humanitarian Day.

The Iraq Foundation would like to commemorate the brave men and women who continuously risk their lives in order to help the most desperate of causes around the globe. Iraq is not alone in its struggle for democracy, progress, equality and peace. In regards to this year’s theme of “One Humanity,” these issues challenge our existence as a whole, and we as a society can not move forward unless we work together to build a better world for the generations to come. On behalf of the Iraq Foundation, we would like to thank those who selflessly devote their time to something that is greater than themselves, and urge others to follow in their footsteps.

As the world marked the anniversary this week of the horror that struck the Yazidi community, 2 years later their suffering still continues. According to the UN, over 3,200 Yazidi women and children remain in captivity of ISIS. IF echos the words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to call upon the world to help end these atrocious acts and bring justice to all of those responsible.

The Yazidi’s have faced unimaginable crimes against their very existence and the world must not forget what it has seen to ensure that nothing of this nature ever happens again. To those working to bring these people home, we urge for nothing but your continued devotion to this desperate cause. To the Yazidi people themselves, we stand with you and will continue to do so until justice is served.

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the second anniversary of Sinjar’s tragedy _ United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The Iraq Foundation mourns the death of Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid. She was an architect of global renown, winning the Pritzker Architecture Prize, among many others, for her bold and convention-shattering designs. The world has lost a brilliant architect, and Iraqis have lost a rare beacon of greatness.



As IF continues to work to improve the lives of women across Iraq, it would like to encourage all of its supporters to join IF’s staff in celebrating International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “Pledge for Parity.” For information on how you can take part in local events see this link

The Iraq Foundation extends its holiday greetings to everyone around the world. We wish for a happy New Year for all.



The Iraq Foundation congratulates the heroic Peshmerga forces on liberating Sinjar District and ending the atrocities perpetrated by ISIS against women, children and families. We call on all government agencies to facilitate the return of IDPs from Sinjar in dignity and peace to their homes, villages, and towns.