In light of the recent violence in Iraq, IF has begun a fundraiser in support of internally displaced persons (IDPs). To date, IF has raised $7425 and we hope you will generously support this effort. IF-raised funds have provided food, water and children’s health supplies to IDP communities in Bartalla (Ninawa province) in acute need of water, shelter, and health provisions. If you would like to support IDPs, please donate here and indicate that your donation is for IDPs in the comment box. All funds directly benefit IDPs.
Widows Initiative for Economic Sustainability
WIES is funded by the US Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. WIES aims to economically empowering over 560 female heads of household (FHHs) in Iraq by building skills, promoting entrepreneurship, and connecting them with employment opportunities.
IF, in cooperation with its partner Al-Firdaws, held a charitable networking market on August 14, 2014, at Basra Central Library. The event sought to link them with opportunities. The event was attended by Basra provincial council members, civil society representatives, and representatives from private sector businesses. The event was also attended by local and national media, and the beneficiaries had the chance to talk about their experience with IF and the WIES initiative.
Technological Advance to Bolster Freedom of Expression in Iraq (TABEIR)
TABEIR, meaning “expression” in Arabic, is funded by the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA). TABEIR works to provide greater strength and stimulus to efforts in Iraq to change the dynamics surrounding freedom of expression (FOE) and to protect and expand FOE in all forms. TABEIR targets journalists, citizen journalists, activists and NGOs in Iraq.
Iraq Foundation’s partner NGOs successfully implemented 11 trainings during the months of August in the provinces of Baghdad, Kut, Missan, Babil, Erbil,Diyala and Basrah. The NGOs utilized training centers in their regions and offered training courses to NGOs, local journalists, and citizen journalists. The total number of beneficiaries since the start of the project is 674.
Hewar Initiative to Enhance Judicial Outreach and Transparency
Hewar, meaning “dialogue” in Arabic, aims to establish a more transparent and responsive criminal justice system through engaging both the media and citizens to foster greater public awareness of legal rights and the role of courts and trust in judicial processes. Hewar is funded by the US Department of State: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
IF, in partnership with Strategic Communication Consultancy (S2C), successfully held the Second Media Follow up Workshop for the High Judicial Council (HJC) in Beirut, Lebanon. Lasting from August 24-28, the workshop was attended by high-level members of the HJC headed by Chief Justice His Excellency Judge Medhat al Mahmood. The workshop focused on how communication can help the HJC accomplish its mission. Chief Justice Judge Medhat Al-Mahmoud presented a speech praising HEWAR’s efforts in raising the citizens awareness with their legal rights.
Peaceful Empowerment, Advocacy and Cooperation to End violence (PEACE)
PEACE is funded by the US Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. PEACE seeks to promote peace and end violence through supporting a women-led advocacy and action coalition.
IF and the members of the National Coalition managed the publication and dissemination of the National Charter through various media outlets to raise awareness of its content amongst local and national government officials. In addition, the Task Force held 2 hearing sessions in Baghdad for women affected by violence. Finally, NGOs in Baghdad, Babil, and Daiyla allocated enough resources to continue their legal clinics supporting victimized women at no cost until December 31, 2014.
IF wishes this Eid will bring peace and security to Iraq and all of its people.
Development and Communication Coordinator