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The Iraq Foundation congratulates Ms. Suhaila Al-Asadi, our senior Project Manager in Iraq, on 10 years with the Iraq Foundation. Ms. Al-Asadi, a lawyer, is an expert on women’s issues, and has successfully led many of IF’s women-related projects, as well as projects on constitutional and human rights, accountability, and the judiciary. Her professionalism and high level of performance have commanded universal respect and helped the Foundation excel. Thank you Suhaila, and we hope to work together for the next 10 years to serve Iraq.

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The staff of the Iraq Foundation is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sayed Mohammed Bahrul Ulum. He was a true Iraqi patriot, a man of deep learning and enlightenment, and a wonderful story-teller who believed in friendship. His efforts to help lead Iraq towards a brighter future were an inspiration to many.

http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/070420151

One the 29th of March, 2015 the Iraqi Council of Representatives presented IF with an award recognizing its role in organizing a meeting of NGOs in the parliament during November 2014. IF would like to thank our Manager of Operations Dhefaf Al-Jarahi for her role in representing IF during the planning for the NGOs meeting and at the award ceremony.

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IF is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sayyid Shakir Sayyid Mahmood Al-Sumaidaie, the father of our board member Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie, and head of the Sumaidaie clan. Our thoughts are with his family as they go through this time of loss. We extend to them our sincerest condolences.

On Jan. 24, 2015, in an extraordinary move by the  modern founders and activists in  Iraqi civil society, the first Civil Society Leaders Conference was held in the Oil Cultural Center.  The conference honored 50 activists and civil society organizations, from all of Iraq’s provinces, who have contributed to Iraq’s civil society for more than 10 years. The Iraq Foundation was one of the first organizations to be honored, as well as a number of organizations which founded the core of  Iraqi civil society after  2003. The event also honored activists  like Umaia Aljibara,  lawyer Saadia Lami, and others who have sacrificed their lives in order to advance Iraq’s civil society. The conference was held in the presence of hundreds of organizations working in Iraq as well as members of the House of Representatives, the Baghdad Provincial Council, and the Commission on Human Rights.

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IF held an organizational management workshop at the Holiday Inn Dunes- Beirut on December 9-13, 2014

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The Iraq Foundation (IF) is pleased to report that 4 WIES beneficiaries were linked to job opportunities during this reporting period. Three started working as tailors in Al-Akhawin Factory in Baghdad, and one started working as a housekeeper for a Lebanese firm based in Basra which is specialized in biological research for the oil industry, she was hired for $700/ month.   As part of the marketing strategies developed by WIES, improving marketing for businesses-owned by females heads of household (FHH), IF contracted Al-Nijoom Company to produce 100 electronic ads to help WIES beneficiaries advertise their products. During this reporting period, IF was granted a 3 months no cost extension (NCE) for the project from October 31, 2014 to January 31, 2015 in the provinces of Baghdad, Basra and Maysan. IF amended its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Iraqi Women Association in Maysan, Al Ferdos NGO in Basra and contracted 2 NGOs in Baghdad: the Iraqi Women’s League in Baghdad and Um Al Yateem. As a result ofthe NCE, the following was achieved:   27 FHH received advanced marketing for their businesses in Maysan.   33 WIES families (33 women, 7 men) in Baghdad and Basra attended family financial planning sessions. Female and male members of the household gathered with a third party to reflect on the proper allocation of  income generated by project activities.   IF contracted The Voice of Joy radio station to produce 100 radio spots advertising WIES supported businesses in the three provinces.

WIES beneficiaries started working in Al-Akhawain Tailor Factory

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Family Financial Planning Sessions-Baghdad/Karkh

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IF conducted the second national conference for its PEACE project in Baghdad on the 22nd of December 2014. The event was held at the Almansour hotel in Baghdad. The conference was headed by IF’s president Ms. Rend Al-Rahim and was attended by 136 people representing a wide range of stakeholder groups including the government, non-governmental organizations, and media groups.

The participants reviewed the accomplishments of the PEACE project, how to utilize the project’s momentum moving forward, progress achieved on the National Charter, the PEACE project data base, and the project’s score card. The score-card measures the progress in legal, social, and economic reforms based on the indicators established by the National Charter and the progress made by national and local government agencies.

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As part of WIES support for FHH’s businesses, IF has established web based ad’s promoting for FHH’s business as part of marketing and networking assistance provided to the FHH’s.

The ads were disseminated through social media and Electronic journals in attempt to help marketing the FHH’s products and linking them to small contracts to support their businesses.

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Iraqi novelist, Ahmed Saadawi, won the Literary Booker Prize for his novel, “Frankenstein in Baghdad.”

Read the Arabic article, here.

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