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On April 30 2012, IF held the third roundtable meeting in Erbil at Van Royal Hotel. At this meeting, the WEL taskforce agreed on a series of legislative actions aimed at protecting women’s rights, which include calls to repeal existing laws, suggestions to enforce existing laws or drafting new legislation that helps implement women rights.

The activities were chaired by: Judge Salem Rawdan, Sha’ab Personal Status Court and member of the Higher Judicial Council. The meeting was attended by members of the council of representatives, senior government officials, legal experts, professors and civic leaders on women’s issues.

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IF is pleased to announce that during the month of march, Ms. Suhaila Al-Asady, IF’s Baghdad-based Program Manager, was awarded the distinguished woman medal from the Iraqi bar association medal for her professionalism and enthusiasm as a dedicated lawyer. A photo of her award is available below.

During the month of March, IF worked on preparing for upcoming bill drafting workshop in early April. The workshop will train participants on drafting legislation to respond to the specific needs of Iraqi society and within the Iraqi constitutional framework. The workshop will also train participants on advocacy strategies to win support for their reforms in Parliament.

Throughout the month, WEL staff conducted preparatory meetings with the Her Excellency Ibthal Kasid Al Zaidy, the Minister of Women, and  Judge Salim Rawdan, Member, Higher Judicial Council. Meetings were chaired by IF’s Executive Director, Ms. Rend AlRahim. Other preparations for bill drafting workshops were carried out in coordination with Judge Rawdan and included activities such as: identifying trainers and participants, preparing a draft agenda according to the suggestions of trainers, gathering instructional material from the trainers, and sending invitations, the agenda and any other related materials for the workshop to the participants.

IF continue to perform follow up on the roundtable meetings and Judge Radwan will coordinate with the legal experts, who will provide their research in their area of expertise.

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On February 20, 2012, IF held the second WEL roundtable meeting. The goal of the meeting was to further discuss the outcomes of the first roundtable discussion and to narrow down the options that were identified for legal actions to protect women’s rights. The meeting was chaired by Judge Salem Rawdan and attended by IF’s Executive Director Ms. Rend Al-Rahim as well as 13 legal experts both male and female.

In preparation for the meeting, Judge Rawdan prepared a comprehensive report, based on the outcomes of the first roundtable discussion and including suggestions for legal action. The report was broken down into the three following sections: (1) Suggestions for laws to be revised (including the personal status law, the labor law and the penal code); (2) Suggestions for laws and decisions to be repealed; and (3) Suggestions for laws to be drafted.

Among the legal topics discussed during the meeting were: the definition of the marriage contract, marriage outside the court, the right to custody, and the husband’s right to discipline his wife. Participants agreed on a number of revisions to these laws. Participants also suggested drafting new laws including a law to encourage business owners to hire women through giving them financial incentives for doing so and giving financial rewards for families who support orphans.

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On January 27 2012, IF held the first roundtable meeting at the Van Royal Hotel in Erbil. The goal of the meeting was to examine major areas where gaps exist in Iraqi legislation relative to the constitution and internationally accepted human rights law as well as explore how these gaps impact women and society as a whole. Participants assessed the progress that has been made in protecting women’s rights to-date, including the activities of the Committee of 80 and the lifting of Iraq’s reservation Article 9 of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women(CEDAW).  During the meeting, many laws were identified as in need of legal action. The laws were grouped into the following three categories: domestic violence/honor killing, discrimination in the workplace, and trafficking. Participants also suggested drafting new laws to better protect women’s rights. A group of experts will prepare research papers, surveys and studies based on the outcomes of the roundtable and in preparation for the second roundtable meeting scheduled to take place during the end of March.

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Under the title “Closing the Gaps in Legislation for Women’s Rights,” IF held the first roundtable meeting in Erbil on January 27th.











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









Female legal experts’ meeting
Thursday, December 29 
 IF’s Baghdad office



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.


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.


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:


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



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

Yes  300 


Spots didn’t have any effect

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

General Public 75

Government officials


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



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

Yes 300



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.


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