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IF is pleased to report that another three widows participating in the EIWT project from the Maysan province were recently awarded grants from an international organization to start small businesses! Here’s some photos and information about the businesses the awardees started:

  •  The first awarded widow, who supports a family of five, was able to get a grant to open her small Market store out of her house to sell clothes and house appliances.
  •  The second awarded widow, who supports a family of four, was able to get a grant and she is selling house appliances
  •  The third awarded widow, who also supports a family of four, was able to get a grant and she is working on food manufacturing.

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IF completed the educational and vocational training throughout Iraq as part of the Empowering Iraqi Widows to Thrive (EWIT) project’s 2nd training cycle throughout Iraq during the month of August. Due to Ramadan, the graduation will be held in September for all widows.

In addition , IF reached out to the CoR- Committee for Labor and Social Affairs and arranged a meeting with MP Yonadme Kanna, allowing EIWT participants to meet the elected official, advocate their rights, and potition for job opportunities.

IF staff also conducted  continued to meet with the staff from international organizations to generate income opportunities through mini-grant programs, microloans and other job opportunities.

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Vocational training in Basra-Madina

Vocational Training in Chabaysh

Vocational training in Chabaysh-

Vocational training in Mosul Ba’ashiqa

Vocational training-Karkh-1

Educational Training in Ba’ashiqa

Educational Training in Ba’ashiqa (1)

Educational Training in Baghdad-Rusafa

Educational Training in Maysan

Visit of Chabysh widows to the early breast cancer detection center

Visit of Chabysh widows to the early breast cancer detection center (1)

Visit of Chabysh widows to the early breast cancer detection center (1)

Vocational Training in Ba’ashiqa

Vocational Training in Baghdad-Karkh-

Vocational Training in Baghdad-Karkh- (1)

Vocational training in Basra-Abu Al Khaseeb

IF met with the Minister of Women (MOW), Ibtihal Kasid Al Zaidy, and MP Jenan Bresam as well as local provincial council members and women’s associations. In Basra, staff brought widows to meet with members of the US Embassy, DRL and US chancer and other officials.

While visiting the center in Ba’ashiq, Mosul, IF also met with members of a local Provincial Reconstruction Team and UN representative to discuss micro loan opportunities for EIWT participates.

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IF staff meeting with the Minister of Women

IF’s partner in Maysan, the Women’s NGO, was able to provide the widows in Maysan with 20 sewing machine to allow them to start their own businesses out of their houses.

Select photos of Widows showing their sewing work and accepting the donation:

IF continued providing educational and vocational training throughout Iraq as part of the Empowering Iraqi Widows to Thrive (EIWT) project’s 2nd training cycle throughout Iraq. In addition to implementing life changing training and empowering our widowed participants with vocational opportunities, IF arranged for widows to meet with the elected officials in order to better advocate for their rights. To help facilitate employment opportunities, IF met with the Minister of Women (MOW), Ibtihal Kasid Al Zaidy, and MP Jenan Bresam as well as local provincial council members and women’s associations. In Basra, staff brought widows to meet with members of the US Embassy, DRL and US chancer and other officials.

IF staff also conducted site visits to Mosul and Maysan enters to oversee and monitor the implementation of the project as well as meet with the cycle’s widows and discuss their progress. While visiting the center in Ba’ashiq, Mosul, IF also met with members of a local Provincial Reconstruction Team and UN representative to discuss micro loan opportunities for EIWT participates.

Selected Photos:

Risafa Educational-MOH training

Karkh vocational

Risafa Vocational

Risafa Vocational

Educational training-Chabaysh

Madian Vocational

Vocational Abu Al Khaseeb

IF staff meeting with the Minister of Women

IF staff visit to Maysan

IF staff meeting with members of the US embassy, DRL and US chancery in Basra

Educational Mentoring-Mr. Abdul Raheem Al Jwhar

Vocational training- Ba’ashiqa

IF staff visit to Ba’ashiqa to oversee EIWT activities

Educational training Madina

Through the Health and Hygiene training which IF provided, local doctors and health officials learned that a viral infection had developed in the community thanks to information provided by IF’s participants.

IF  facilitate a site visit to the area with the MOH team and they were able to provide the people there with the required medicine to fight the viral infection and curb the spread of these diseases.

IF is pleased to report that three widows from the Maysan province were recently awarded grants from an international organization to start small businesses! Here’s some photos and information about the businesses the awardees started

  • The first awardee, who supports a family of three, was able to get a grant to open her small grocery store out of her hous
  • The second awardee, who supports a family of five, was able to get a grant and she is selling house appliance
  • The third awardee, who also supports a family of five, was able to get a grant and she is selling carpets and electrical appliances

IF began the  project’s 2nd  training cycle in all 7 centers, which includes two centers in Baghdad province (Karkh and Risafa), two centers in Basra province (Abu Al Khaseeb and Al Madina), one center in Maysan province, one center in Dhi Qar province (Chibayish), and one center in Nainawa province (Ba’ashiqa). 2nd cycle started on all centers between the last week of May and first week of June, contracts & MOUs been signed with Trainers, MOH, partner NGOs and local centers.

Surveys been distributed and filled by the widows in each center and been sent to the expert for external evaluation. Physicians from the MOH started educating the widows on family and women health as well as preventive care according to MOH curriculum.

Educational and vocational training is being covered in all 7 locations.  40 widows participated in each center, for a total of 280 widows.  The educational training covered democracy education and women’s rights, life skills, and family health and wellbeing.  IF also delivered the vocational training that varied from center to the other according to the needs of the widows.  The vocational training included computer skills, hairdressing, and traditional sewing. 10 widows from each center were initially selected to participate in the vocational training, as per the project’s proposal.  However, each center was able to accommodate more widows with no cost for the additional widows.

In Baghdad and Basra training centers, IF directly supervised the training and the implementation of the project. IF staff and according to the needs, changed the training center location from Al Hwair Nahia to Al Madina Qada’a center due to the needs and the intensity of widows in the selected regions. In the other provinces, IF partnered with the following NGOs to deliver the training and the project’s activities, with the supervision and approval of IF:  Yazidi Solidarity Correlation in Ba’ashiqa, Mosul; Woman Organization (Al-Mara’a) in Amara, Maysan; and Nature Iraq in Chabayish, Dhi Qar.

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Thank You Letter from the Basra Provincial Council

Thank You Letter from the Chabaysh Provincial Council of Dhi Qar

Thank You Letter from the Hawair Provincial Council

IF is pleased to report the successful meeting of Iraqi widows key politicans from Iraq’s governming body, the Council of Representatives on May 3, 2011. EIWT widows met with the following MPs: Mr. Bahaa Al Araaji, a member at the integrity committee; Dr. Asmaa Al Mosawi, member of the women committee; Ms. Zainab Al Sahlani, member of the legal committee; Dr. Saleem Al Jiboury, head of the human rights committee; and Ms. Intisar Al Jiboury, head of the women committee and the head of the speaker office.

During the meeting, the widows stressed their rights and expressed their desire for legislations that would increase their benefits. COR members assured the widows that there are three laws on the table of the parliament that the widow will benefit from. IF views this interaction as a significant success and demonstration of Iraqi widow’s emerging civic engagement!