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Activity 6

Throughout the last several months, IF has hosted numerous meetings with Iraqi government officials on behalf of the Al-Rasid project. These meetings are intended to bring light to the needs addressed by the communities they serve, and determine the best way to implement them. The discussions are often frequented by members of the community, including GBV survivors and IDP women.


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Activity 7

Community meetings were held to ensure a follow up on the priorities implementation. There, discussions focus on issues included in the NAP, such as the presence of women in peace-making initiatives and countering GBV. Through this process, community members are able to mobilize and increase advocacy and outreach to public officials. Small grantees are also able to publicize the successes of their initiatives and generate community support.


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Activity 8

Hearing sessions were conducted with female IDPs and local judges and family protection units. These forums are intended to help integrate women’s rights in the justice system and enhance judicial responsiveness, access to justice, legal protection, and self-sustainability for GBV survivors.


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Activity 9: Small Grants


IF’s small grants activities allowed for IDPs to be trained on the use of computers and social media.

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Hairdressing training











Vocational training to start a business

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Pastry Making

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: administrative and secretary skills

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Improving the water quality for vulnerable IDPs










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Women’s economic empowerment and health & well-being training

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Awareness sessions on UNSCR 1325 and the NAP

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Computer literacy for female IDPs

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: First Aid training

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Pastry Making

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Pickles making

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Hairdressing training

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Health & Hygiene course

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Hospitality and etiquette training for IDPs

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Vocational training for women’s economic empowerment: Mine education course

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Vocational training for economic empowerment: Computer literacy and internet training

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Childcare was also provided in many of the sessions as well to enable their parents to fully participate in the meetings.

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Thanks to IF’s small grants competition featured in Al Rasid (the Monitor) project, these beneficiaries are now able to generate a monthly income with skills they obtained through livelihood training classes. This initiative is just one part of Al Rasid’s efforts to address GBV and boost the understanding of the role women play as peace builders and the positive role of men in ending conflict. Through support for the National Action Plan and National Strategy for UNSCR 1325, Iraq hopes to eliminate the legal, social, and economic challenges faced by women. The small grants program targeted hundreds of beneficiaries throughout Iraqi society as a whole, with an emphasis on women displaced as a result of conflict, and those who are victims of violence.

These four beneficiaries were hired as chefs in a bakery and frozen food shop in Mar Elias Church after successfully completing their baking and cooking training provided by the Association of Women and Children Rights. The training was done in coordination with the Provincial Task Force with support from the Iraq Foundation’s Al Rasid project. The beneficiaries now receive a monthly salary of $300.

They all expressed their happiness and satisfaction with the work, as one of the women said, “we were previously looking for jobs to support our families, as we are all displaced and in dire need of a source of income, thus we decided to enroll in baking and cooking class, and with the help and coordination of the association president…we were accepted and hired as chefs. Currently, we are so happy with this job.”

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This beneficiary completed barber classes and opened a barber booth for men’s haircuts and shaving. He said about opening the booth: “I came up with idea after completing the class, with encouragement from the complex’s manager who gave me some metal which was left at the complex to build my booth, and since I worked in metalwork before, I built my booth and started working there from 4:00-8:00 pm, after returning from my work. I charge 1,000 dinars per person, and make between 5,000 to 8,000 dinars a day, I am very pleased with this work, and I think I’m offering services at a subsidized price to the residents of the complex as well as making financial income.”

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After completing the first aid classes, trainers conducted a test for all the participants and gave the outstanding participants first aid bags provided by the Red Cross. These outstanding beneficiaries are now qualified to do the procedures of first aid, including injecting needles to patients, measuring blood pressure and providing any urgent treatments. All of the beneficiaries are currently working in their compounds.

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In addition to hearing sessions with judicial stakeholders and awareness sessions for UNSCR 1325 and the NAP, vocational training for women’s economic empowerment in Baghdad involved providing training and equipment for hairdressing and sewing. The goals of the project are for women to start their own businesses within the IDP camp using the goods and skills provided to them. Activities in the Prophet Younis IDP camp also featured health and well-being training as well.



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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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IF’s Executive Director Mrs. Basma Fakri met with members of the Iraqi COR on February 16th, 2016 to discuss IF’s al-Rasid project. Those present at the meeting also discussed UNSCR 1325 and the need to create a body in the state to push for women’s rights after the recent dissolution of the Women’s Affairs Committee.



















Additional meeting details in Arabic

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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