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In Basrah, IF provided first aid training as well as education on sewing, handicraft, and hairdressing to improve vocational skills for women’s economic empowerment. The program also highlights hearing sessions with justice stakeholders and awareness sessions on UNSCR 1325 and the Iraq NAP.


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IF implemented awareness sessions throughout Erbil for UNSCR 1325 and the Iraq NAP. In addition to the educational sessions, vocational activities were also conducted that included training for hair dressing as well as other skills.

 

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Hair dressing for both women and men as well as first aid training and crafting women’s accessories are just a few of Al-Rasid’s vocational activities in Ninawa.

 

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IF enacted numerous activities from January through March in Babil, including hearing sessions with justice stakeholders and awareness sessions on UNSCR 1325 and the NAP. In addition to health education and dignity kit distribution for IDPs in coordination with the Health Directorate in Babil, they also featured vocational training for women’s economic empowerment, including cooking and handicraft training. Cooking equipment was also provided for many vulnerable IDPs.

 

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The Iraq Foundation’s partners in Babil and the Ninawa plain successfully held three sessions of this activity during November & December 2015. The sessions targeted a total of 84 female GBV survivors, judges, members of the family protection units, and representatives from the local government.

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During this reporting period, IF is pleased to report the execution of the 2nd workshop of Activity 5. This workshop took place at the Iraqi Council of Representatives (ICOR) on October 28th 2015, as a result of extensive coordination between IF and three committees in the ICOR ( including the Legal; Women, Family and Childhood; and  Civil Society committees) that hosted the event. The workshop was attended by 63 high ranking government officials from both the legislative and executive branches, and it was described by the UNDP’s Gender Specialist Sundus Abass as “an excellent session, full of interesting and deep discussions that reflected the efforts of the IF team.” 

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On December 16th & 17th of 2015, IF held the third workshop of Al-Rasid’s Activity 3 which trained Task Force members of the skills that they identified as necessary for drafting the project’s final report. The two day workshop was led by IF’s President Ms. Rend Al Raheem. 43 PTF members including local and national actors attended. The topics discussed in the workshop focused on the technical aspects and skill set needed for writing the final monitoring report to measure the progress of implementing the Iraqi NAP.

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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.

Success

 

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.

 

 

As part of Activity 7 in Al-Rasid, PTFs held 13 community meetings  to set priorities on GBV and the inclusion of women in peace-making initiatives,. Participants focused on issues included in the NAP. These meetings were attended by 469 community members including 243 men and 226 women.

 

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During this reporting period, the Iraq Foundation, in cooperation with the Provincial Task Forces, (PTFs) continued their advocacy efforts promoting  the NAP. 11 events were hold voluntarily beyond the approved budget resulted in increasing PTF membership to 512  to in the five provinces. 1 2 3 4