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In Loving Memory of

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Mohamed Saleh Makiya

14 January 1914 – 19 July 2015

Beloved father of Kanan Makiya and Hind Makiya

Grandfather of Naseem, Bushra and Sara

Pioneer Iraqi Architect and Founder of

the Baghdad College of Architecture

The Funeral Service will be held at

Radisson Blu Portman Hotel

22 Portman Square, London W1H 7RG

Sunday 26 July 2015

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

For directions: http://www.radissonblu.co.uk/hotel-london/location

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IF wishes you Eid Saeed and Mubarak
with hopes for blessings upon you and your families
and peace for Iraq!

On June 29th, 2015, Iraq Foundation staff-member Tanyh Lowis attended a meeting organized by the Ministry for Women’s Affairs and chaired by Minister Bayan Nouri. The meeting was attended by representatives of Iraq’s civil society and resulted in the foundation of an emergency working group to implement the emergency National Action Plan (NAP) established under UN Resolution 1325. The working group consists of civil society representatives and high ranking government officials from all over Iraq. The working group will be aiding implementation of the emergency NAP to support IDP women inside and outside of camps, in addition to all victimized women who have been affected by the recent conflict in Iraq more generally. The working group will issue a report to highlight the emergency NAP’s progress by July 29th, 2015.

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On Tuesday June 9th, Ms. Rend al-Rahim, president of the Iraq Foundation, chaired a meeting to discuss the impact that the crisis in Iraq and the release of its Emergency National Action Plan will have upon the foundation’s AL-RASID project.

Since the Iraqi government released the original National Action Plan (NAP), becoming the first Middle Eastern Country to commit itself to the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace, and Security), the Iraq Foundation has been working with partner NGO’s to monitor the strides made in Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Babil and Ninewa toward women’s rights and representation. It has also worked toward building the capacity of national and local actors to implement the NAP and address GBV and raising awareness among boys and men.

However, with the onset of instability and security challenges to the government, it has amended the provisions of the NAP. This meeting targeted ways in which to adjust to these changes, ultimately incorporating them into AL-RASID’s Monitoring and Evaluation and strategy to increase the number of provincial task forces in the project’s target provinces.


 

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On May 24th 2015, the Iraq Foundation worked in coordination with Entisar Ali al-Jubouri, head of the Women and Children parliamentary committee, to hold a daylong workshop for newly elected officials inside the House of Representatives building. The meeting was led by IF president, Ms. Rend Al-Rahim, along with the other MPs and high rank government officials who are particularly knowledgeable on women, peace and security issues. The focus of this event was to increase the newly elected MPs’ awareness of relevant parliamentary committees such as the Committee for Women: Legal Committee. Forty-two government officials attended the meeting, and discussed various topics such as the specific protection needs of women and girls in conflict zones. Additionally, they focused on promoting women’s participation in addressing gender perspectives in peace processes, and discussed the value of empowering women and girls as active agents in peace and security. The workshop resulted in the drafting of ten recommendations to empower women, which will be presented to the cabinet in June.

 

Al-Rasid Meeting

The 2nd HEWAR stakeholder follow-up meeting took place on October 30th, 2014 at the Judicial Development Institute.

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The 3rd Stakeholder Follow-up meeting took place on February 26th, 2015 at the Judicial Development Institute.

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During February 2015 the five partner NGOs in Al-RASID provided 5 trainings for 344 stakeholders in the five provinces distributed as as follows: Erbil 86 (23 female and 73 male), Ninwa plain 60 (26 female and 34 male), Baghdad 41 (10 female and 41 male), Babil 93 (35 female and 58 male) and Basrah 65(31 female and 34 male).The participants represented women’s advocacy organizations, service providers, local community leaders and members of the judiciary and local law enforcement units.

 

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Basma Fakri, Iraq Foundation Executive Director, invited Iraqi MP Vian Dakhil to IF’s office in Washington, DC.  Ms. Dakhil was briefed on the foundation’s projects in Iraq by the IF team.  Ms. Dakhil and Ms. Fakri discussed methods of collaboration to aid IDPs and especially Yezidi women. Ms. Dakhil shared crucial information about her meetings with Yezidi women survivors and suggested aiding them through psychological therapy and rehabilitation programs.  Ms. Dakhil thanked IF for the invitation and welcomed the idea of working together to help alleviate the suffering of IDPs in Iraq.

 

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Periodical meetings with Partner NGOs

On the 28th of March 2015 IF hosted the 6th periodical meeting for the representatives of the 10 partner NGOs. The meeting was dedicated to explore further means to enhance TABEIR map and discuss various scenarios for the FOE short movies which will be produced by the partner NGOs as part of the first round of the small grants funded through TABEIR project.

 

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IF and partner NGOs continued their efforts to provide the In-country training to journalists, citizen journalists and NGO members across Iraq. By the end of March 2015, IF and its partner NGOs trained 1326 participants through conducting 54 training events throughout Iraq.

 

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