The Al-Rasid Approach
Since its formation in March 2015, the first priority of the al-Rasid Ninawa Provincial Task Force has been providing support to ease the suffering of minority women who have survived and escaped from imprisonment by ISIL. The Task Force advocated for minority SGBV survivors through meetings with government officials, demonstrations, and protests to urge the government to act and assist SGBV survivors.
Furthermore,the suffering of Yezidi women has been at the top of the agenda for the PTF’s efforts in the province. On August 12, 2015, the task force invited the General Director of Yezidi affairs, Mr. Khayri Buzani, along with the Chairman for the Ninawa Provincial Council to their meeting. The task force started the meeting by presenting a list of local community priorities. The task force members, including Mr. Khayri and Mrs. Kalawis Mohammed, presented facts about Yezidi women’s suffering and their urgent needs to the Chairman of the Provincial Council. The women held the Provincial Council responsible for not taking action to save these women who had lost their families and were left with no support network.The Chairman promised to follow up on the list of priorities and invited the task force members to attend the next Provincial Council meeting to present the priority needs of Yazidi women and other IDPs and minorities.
As a result of advocacy efforts and the continues meetings with government officials, the Ninawa Provincial Council issued administrative order No. 115 on September 07, 2015 which allocated a monthly salary of 250,000 Iraqi Dinar ( about $200) to each Yazidi women survivor along with other minority survivors. The decision is effective immediately and the total number of Yazidi women benefited from this decision is 797 women based on the Yazidi women’s database in the Yazidi religious affairs directorate.