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On December 10, 2011 IF held the Women for Equitable Legislation (WEL) project’s 1st legal experts meeting in Baghdad’s Alwya club.  Bringing together a variety of legal stakeholders, the purpose of the meeting was to discuss  the most important laws (or gaps in legislation) that need to be addressed to improve women’s rights, the most significant initiatives undertaken to date to address these laws, the obstacles faced, and suggestions for the best strategies and tools. Participants  including judges from the Higher Judicial Council, judges from Shura Council, and representatives from the Prime Minister office, State Ministry for Women and Ministry of Human Rights, as well as civic leaders and legal experts.

A second meeting took place on Thursday, December 29 at IF’s Baghdad office. Twelve participants attended the event including Judge Salem Al-Rawdan, who chaired the meeting, a number of female lawyers, two representatives from the Ministry of Human Rights, including the Ministry’s General Director and the head of the Women’s Department within the Ministry, and two representatives from Relief International. The meeting discussed the most important laws, decisions and orders dealing with women’s rights, the most significant initiatives taken to date to address these laws, obstacles hindering the effectiveness of these initiatives and suggestions for best practices and tools. Participants discussed laws, decisions and legal orders pertaining to violence against women (violence in the home and in the workplace and honor crimes), discrimination in the workplace and slavery and trafficking of women and girls.

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Judges meeting
December 10, 2011 
Alwya club, Baghdad

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Female legal experts’ meeting
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IF conducted the First Periodical meeting for TABEIR project at IF Baghdad Headquarters in Karada on Saturday March 15th. The meeting resulted in the identification of the training topics which will be provided by ICFJ along with agreeing on implementation strategy to carry on project activities.

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IF Holds First Stakeholders Meeting

As part of HEWAR initiative to enhance judicial outreach transparency, Iraq Foundation (IF) and with the sponsorship of the office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement affairs (INL) held the first judicial stakeholders meeting to present and discuss High Judicial Council (HJC’s) communication strategy developed by Strategic Communication Consultancies (S2C) and to enhance communication and outreach between HJC and other stakeholders of the criminal justice system. The meeting was held at the Judicial Development Institution (JDI) in Baghdad on the 25th and 26th of March, 2014. The meeting concluded with a set of recommendations by participants to develop the draft communication strategy and enhance the outreach between HJC and the stakeholders.

The meeting was attended by 30 participants including representatives from HJC, INL, the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights, Iraqi Bar Association, Media and Civil Society Organizations.

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Karbala Province, March 2011

The Iraq Foundation (IF) is currently airing PAG anti-corruption TV spots on Al-Iraqi’a TV channel to demonstrate the impact of corruption on job opportunities, health services, education, economy, and the wellbeing of the Iraqi people. The TV spots also clarify how corruption undermines democracy, civil rights, and the political rights of the people of Iraq.

In order to evaluate the impact of PAG anti-corruption TV spots on the people in the provinces, we would like you to answer this survey form for your province.

Name of NGO: The Iraqi Association for Human Rights Watch

Province: Karbala

Date: March 2011

The survey included 300 people and covered the following areas in the province of Karabla:

Gender:

Male: 210

Female: 90

Age between 25-50

Level of Education:
-Illiterate (none)
-Elementary School (5 persons)
-Secondary School (20 persons)
-High School (130 Persons)
-Associates Degree (90)
-Bachelors (40)
-Masters (15)
-Doctorate (none)

Regions Covered by the Survey:
-Metropolitan Area (140 persons)
-Ein Al-Tumir Districts (30 Persons)
-Al-Hindiya District (45 persons)
-Al-Hur District (30 Persons)
-Al-Hussania District (20 persons)
-Jadwal- Al-Karbi District (15 Persons)
-A-Kirat District (20 persons)

Survey Questions :

Part (A)

Do you watch IF PAG Anti-Corruption TV spots on TV?

Yes  275

No    15

Occasionally  10

How many times do you watch IF PAG TV spots each month?

 (1-10)  300

(10-20)

 (20-30)

Do you think that IF PAG TV spots increased people understanding to fight corruption?

Yes  300 

No

Spots didn’t have any effect

What category of people do you think IF PAG TV spots impacted?

General Public 75

Government officials

Both225

Spots did not have any effect

Part (B)

What government Institutions/facilities are the most corrupted?

Educational Institution 125

Health Facilities 75

Infrastructure Institutions 25

Other 75

(Facilities that have direct interaction with the people)

Do you think that airing IF PAG TV spots is necessary to reduce corruption?   

Yes 300

No

Somewhat

Do you think that the corruption rate dropped because of IF PAG TV spots?

Yes 300

No

Somewhat

Notes and Comments:   
The participants requested continuity of PAG TV spots broadcasting. They also requested to expand the airing to other TV channels besides Al-Iraqi’a. The results of the above survey were analyzed, studied, and then converted to a graphics design PowerPoint to use during the trainings of the IMG.

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Below are links to the 15 Agendas for Change, which were created in partnership with local Provincial Council officials and IF’s Integrity Monitoring Groups in each of the 15 provinces. The documents are in MS Excel and translated into English.

Anbar, English

Babil, English

Baghdad, English

Basra, English

Diwania, English

Diyala, English

Karbala, English

Maysan, English

Mousel, English

Najaf, English

Salah Al-Din, English

Samawa, English

Tameem – Kirkuk, English

Thi Qar, English

Wasit, English

IF hired Dr. Saad Zayer as a research consultant and an ongoing resource for interns throughout the project. Dr. Saad  will be retained throughout the project as a resource for interns and will respond to interns’ research-related questions and issues via email / telephone and bi-weekly meetings.

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Last Update: Friday, February 14, 2014

The Iraq Foundation and the partner NGO have successfully implemented technical skills training.  The training was held on the 15th of December 2013 in collaboration with Iraqi Parliament and specialized trainers who offered a 5-day orientation for interns to build their research skills to enable them to support Iraqi women Parliamentarians.  The training was held in two locations. The first two days were held at IF office and the remaining three days were held at office of the partner NGO (Iraqi organization for women and future). The topics presented during the training include the following:

  • The Iraqi political system, including sessions on the Constitution; Iraqi Parliament, including the role of the Parliament, how committees operate, Parliamentary by-laws, the responsibilities and authorities of Parliamentarians and the importance of community outreach; Drafting a Law: various stages
  • Overview of international women’s conventions and state of women’s rights in Iraq: Discussion of major issues facing women in Iraq today in light of international agreements, including CEDAW and UNSC Resolution 1325, as the standard for women’s rights
  • Technical intern skills: writing press releases, organizing briefing notes, reviewing legislation, working with staff of parliamentary committees
  • Research methods: An overview of basic research methods, format of the final research report and brainstorming of topics.
  • Tour of the Parliament: tour of all the committees where interns will be working during
  • The period of the internship, and tour of permanent parliamentary offices, including research department and library Training will be provided by advisors to Parliamentary committees and permanent staff of the Parliament.

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Last Update: Friday, February 14, 2014

The 12 interns visits to Council of representatives and meeting with MPs

IF selected 12 MPs who represent MP committee leadership. All the MPs are willing to provide assistance to rising women leaders and who are actively engaged in women-related issues, including legislation.

The interns also were taken on a tour of the Parliament. They visited all the committees where interns will be working during the period of the internship. Ms. Shatha Rushdi lead the tour and introduced them to  permanent parliamentary offices and research department. IF and Dr. Nada Al-Jeboury facilitated an authorization letter to grant the 12 interns access to the CoR library which has very valuable resources to help them write their research papers.

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Last Update: Friday, February 14, 2014

(IF) completed holding the second day of the First National Conference on October 3, 2013. The conference was attended by 105 high rank government officials and civil society activists. The participants voted to approve the National Charter and joined the national task force to implement the National Charter recommendations which aim towards improving women living conditions in Iraq.

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Last Update: Friday, January 24, 2014

IF and Partners NGOs in all five provinces continued interviewing women victims of GBV in their legal clinics, reaching out to a total of 1154 women by the end of December 2013. During this reporting period, 327 women received legal consultations and 117 were provided with legal representation at courts. The number of victimized women that have benefitted from the legal support during this reporting period totals 376 women.

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Last Update: Friday, January 24, 2014