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April – June 2013: Legal Clinic Interviews

IF and Partners NGOs in all five provinces continued interviewing women victims of GBV in their legal clinics, reaching out to a total of 538 women by the end of June 2013. During this reporting period, 227 women received legal consultation and 82 were provided with legal representation at courts. The number of victimized women that have benefitted from the legal support totals 309 women.

 

Last Update: Monday, July 29, 2013

IF and Partners NGOs have successfully formed one local coalition of men and women in each of the five provinces. Each coalition consists of 20 members (10 women leaders and 10 men leaders in the community) from different layers of the society. Every coalition has conducted two meetings and worked on adopting statements that call for the integration of women in reconciliation efforts and the implementation of programs for the advancement to the economic situation, and the application of laws responsive to gender, and strengthening the role of judicial bodies and developing recommendations regarding  policies and actions of the Iraqi government in the light of the recommendations of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Each coalition is working on issuing a statement in their province.

Selected Pictures

Baghdad coalition meeting 04/27/2013

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Coalition 1st work group Meeting to develop recommendation to end violence against women

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Basra coalition meeting 06/29/2013

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Last Update: Monday, July 29, 2013

In January, economic development experts Dr. Emad Al Ani and Dr. Abdulriza Alkhamas met up with WIES beneficiaries in Diyala, Nineveh and Baghdad to learn about their skills suitable for the job market. These experts will then conduct a mapping of the local economy by talking to business owners, employers and institutions, in order to match these women’s skills to the local economy’s needs.

Selected Photos:

Photos of Dr. Abdulriza Alkhams’ meeting in Basrah
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Photos of Dr. Emad Al Ani’s Meeting with WIES beneficiaries in Nineveh
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Last Update: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 

In March, economic development experts and partner NGOs reached out to several local and international organizations, and private and public sector institutions in five provinces to discuss the needs they can provide to WIES beneficiaries. In Baghdad, IF staff reached out to Bashaer Alkhayr organization, Relief International, Ashoor Bank and the Ministry of Labor and Social affairs (MOLSA). Ashoor bank provided a support letter to help WIES beneficiaries apply for loans and start their projects. IF also contacted small business development centers to coordinate with them about providing training to WIES beneficiaries on job skills.

IF’s Partner NGO in Nineveh reached out to several banks, and to the MOLSA training center in Nineveh. IF’s partner NGO in Diyala reached out to the municipality council, IOM representatives, and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). Partner NGO Women for Supporting Women in Baghdad met with Mrs. Naamat Aljanabi, a business woman, who is planning to start a new project on job placement, which can be useful to find jobs for WIES beneficiaries.

Furthermore, IF’s economic experts completed the mapping they had started in January, and their market study on the local economy’s needs in Basrah, Maysan, Diyala and Ninevah. They also held several meetings with WIES beneficiaries in Kerkh and Rusafa.

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WIES project coordinator, and partner NGO (WSW) with Ashoor Bank staff in Baghdad

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WIES project coordinator with Bashaer Alkhayr organization

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Partner NGO and IF staff meeting with WIES beneficiaries in Baghdad – Rusafa district

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Partner NGO and IF staff meeting with WIES beneficiaries in Baghdad – Kerkh district

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Partner NGO in Baghdad (WSW) meeting business woman Mrs. Naamat Aljanabi

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WIES project coordinator and partner NGO (WSW) with business woman Mrs. Majida Hijazi

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WIES project coordinator and partner NGO (WSW) meeting with Mercy Hands organization

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WIES beneficiaries in AlKerkh district with Dr. Emad Al Ani, WIES project coordinator, and partner NGO

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Partner NGO in Diyala meeting at the Danish Refugee Council

Last Update: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 

February 2013 Updates:

In February, trained lawyers started providing legal assistance to women victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV) at the premises of IF’s partner NGOs in five provinces. The meetings will continue for the next 14 months.
The objective of these meetings is to improve support to women who are victims of violence. During these meetings, the lawyers will conduct one-on-one interviews, inform the women of their legal rights, assist them in filing suits and provide them with various counseling services.

Babil legal clinic: February 2, 2013

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Diyala legal clinic, February 4, 2013

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Baghdad legal clinic: February 28, 2013

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Last Update: Monday, April 22, 2013

Meetings were held between economic development experts (EDEs), WIES beneficiaries, and WIES partner NGOs in Maysan, Nineveh, Baghdad, and Diyala. The EDEs continued to learn about the beneficiaries’ skills, and how they can be utilized in the job market. As a result, 112 women beneficiary interviews were completed in each province for a total of 560 interviews.

Furthermore, February 10, IF WIES coordinator met up with the head of IF’s partner NGO at IF’s Baghdad office to be updated about the NGO’s visits with institutions and potential employers that could provide loans and jobs to WIES beneficiaries. Outreach meetings were also held on February 11 between the IF team and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA), to follow up on previous discussions related to training opportunities for WIES project beneficiaries.

On February 19, WIES project coordinator visited Ashoor Bank, where she came into an agreement with them to help women beneficiaries get loans with decreased interest rates. The regular rate is usually 11%, but the bank agreed to lower it to 5% for WIES beneficiaries.

Selected Photos:

Februrary 2nd 2013: EDE meeting with women beneficiaries in Maysan

February 3, 2013: EDE Dr. Emad Alani meeting with WIES beneficiaries in Mosul

IF WIES coordinator’s meeting in Baghdad with IF’s Partner NGO

February 11 IF outreach meeting with MOLSA

Dr. Emad Alani meeting with WIES beneficiaries at Hawaa’s office in Diyla

WIES Project Coordinator’s visit to Ashoor Bank

WIES Project Coordinator with EDE Faeq Aldabbas at IF’s Office in Baghdad

Meeting between women beneficiaries, and EDEs in IF’s Partner NGO’s offices

 

 

 

 

Last Update: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 

In March, IF and its NGO partners held meetings with women leaders to present case studies reports about victimized women, to promote peace and combat violence against women.  The women leaders included leaders of NGOs, businesses, and local state institutions.  IF used the draft report as well as UNSC Resolution 1325 as the frame of reference for the discussions.

Furthermore, three women caucuses meetings were concluded in Baghdad, Diyala and Babil. Each meeting included six women leaders, and four women victims of violence. The victimized women were part of the case studies report statistics.

The meetings discussed problems confronting women and families, the unaddressed needs of women affected by violence, and the ways by which women leaders can contribute to ending violence and preventing conflict. Survivors have thus been included as active contributors to the coalition platform.

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Baghdad Meeting:

 

Last Update: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

January 2013: Lawyers Training

In January, IF started training lawyers as part of its Peaceful Empowerment, Advocacy and Cooperation to End Violence (PEACE) project. The training was conducted by Ta’meem Alazawi, who has significant experience in the field of family law.

Mrs. Alawazi trained 25 women lawyers in Basra, Baghdad, Diyala, Erbil and Babil. These lawyers will, in turn, be providing professional and specialized legal assistance and counceling to women victims of gender based violence (GBV), at the offices of IF’s partner NGOs. Legal assistance for victims of GBV also started in January, and will last for the next 14 months.

Training in Baghdad, January 11-12 2013
NGO: Women for Progress

Training in Erbil, January 15-16 2013
NGO: Women Empowerment

Training in Babil, January 22-23 2013
NGO: Bint Alrafidain

 

Last Update: Thursday, April 11, 2013

In November, Iraq Foundation (IF) conducted a meeting in Baghdad with the implementing partners attended by Ms. Rend Al Rahim, IF’s Executive Director, and heads of NGOs partners. The goal of the meeting was to discuss the project work plan, identify potential areas to reach out to the widows participants and identify potential economic experts to work in the five provinces.

Also in November, IF and partner NGOs in five provinces selected the economic experts in each province.

In December, IF and partner NGOs distributed 1750 posters and 2000 brochures in five provinces and interviewed 250 females head of household (FHH), who completed the vetting forms to determine the skills and the capacity of each candidate.

IF also reached out to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA). Ms. Rend Al Rahim, met with Mr. Nassar Al Rubaie, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, to discuss training opportunities for project beneficiaries.

IF’s partner, Ms. Ibtisam Al Shamry, was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Martin Kobler, for her hard work and dedication on the expert committee and in the selection of members of the High Commission for Human Rights in Iraq.

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Last Update: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 

December 2012: Interviews Conducted with Women Affected by Violence, Case Management Training Held

This month, IF’s NGO partners conducted and document interviews in 5 selected provinces with women affected by political and gender-based violence: IDPs, widows, orphaned girls, wives of former combatants, and women who have suffered from gender-based abuse. The purpose of the interviews was to bring to the foreground the hardship that conflict, a weak rule of law and exclusion have inflicted on women and their families, and understand their needs and the measures necessary to integrate them and their families into society. IF will prepare a case studies report based on the stories of these women.

IF held the case management training was conducted for Partner NGOs on December 5 in Baghdad. Ms. Shahrazad Abbas Alabdali from Women Empowerment NGO in Erbil led the training. One representative from each NGO ( the interviewers) learnt the techniques on how to conduct an interview with GBV women, and how to manage their case files.

Photos of Interviews:


Hawaa NGO_ Diyala interviews 1 with victimized women


Hawaa NGO_ Diyala interviews 2


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Women for Progress NGO_Baghdad 2

Bint Alrafidayn NGO_Babil 1


Bint Alrafidayn NGO_Babil 2

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Last Update: Wednesday, January 30, 2013