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On December 16th & 17th of 2015, IF held the third workshop of Al-Rasid’s Activity 3 which trained Task Force members of the skills that they identified as necessary for drafting the project’s final report. The two day workshop was led by IF’s President Ms. Rend Al Raheem. 43 PTF members including local and national actors attended. The topics discussed in the workshop focused on the technical aspects and skill set needed for writing the final monitoring report to measure the progress of implementing the Iraqi NAP.

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The Al-Rasid Approach

Since its formation in March 2015, the first priority of the al-Rasid Ninawa Provincial Task Force has been providing support to ease the suffering of minority women who have survived and escaped from imprisonment by ISIL. The Task Force advocated for minority SGBV survivors through meetings with government officials, demonstrations, and protests to urge the government to act and assist SGBV survivors.

Furthermore,the suffering of Yezidi women has been at the top of the agenda for the PTF’s efforts in the province. On August 12, 2015, the task force invited the General Director of Yezidi affairs, Mr. Khayri Buzani, along with the Chairman for the Ninawa Provincial Council to their meeting. The task force started the meeting by presenting a list of local community priorities. The task force members, including Mr. Khayri and Mrs. Kalawis Mohammed, presented facts about Yezidi women’s suffering and their urgent needs to the Chairman of the Provincial Council. The women held the Provincial Council responsible for not taking action to save these women who had lost their families and were left with no support network.The Chairman promised to follow up on the list of priorities and invited the task force members to attend the next Provincial Council meeting to present the priority needs of Yazidi women and other IDPs and minorities.

Success

 

As a result of advocacy efforts and the continues meetings with government officials, the Ninawa Provincial Council issued administrative order No. 115 on September 07, 2015 which allocated a monthly salary of  250,000 Iraqi Dinar ( about $200) to each Yazidi women survivor along with  other minority survivors. The decision is effective immediately and the total number of Yazidi women benefited from this decision is 797 women based on the Yazidi women’s database in the Yazidi religious affairs directorate.

 

 

As part of Activity 7 in Al-Rasid, PTFs held 13 community meetings  to set priorities on GBV and the inclusion of women in peace-making initiatives,. Participants focused on issues included in the NAP. These meetings were attended by 469 community members including 243 men and 226 women.

 

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During this reporting period, the Iraq Foundation, in cooperation with the Provincial Task Forces, (PTFs) continued their advocacy efforts promoting  the NAP. 11 events were hold voluntarily beyond the approved budget resulted in increasing PTF membership to 512  to in the five provinces. 1 2 3 4

As part of carrying out Activity 6 of al-RASID, which encompasses monthly meetings with local officials and stakeholders to implement the NAP, PTFs reached out to 212 participants including 78 women and 133 men. Additionally, PTF reached out to provincial officials and local decision makers for consultation and advocacy in order to evolve policies and mechanisms for implementing the NAP in light of local needs and conditions. A total of five meetings were held in the provinces.

PTFs  in the five provinces have conducted a  total of  15 meetings throughout the life of the project, two in Erbil, four in Babil, two in Baghdad, four in Basrah and three in Ninawa . 402 government officials have participated in these meetings.

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Activity 3: Create National Task Force (NTF) and build capacity in necessary skills to draft the final report

 

On August 17th &18th, IF held the second workshop in the PTF capacity building series which focused on data collection. This workshop was conducted in collaboration with academics and field experts including Dr. Ghaith Al-Janabi and Ms. Siham Abdulhameed –  Head of the Central Statistical Organization in the Ministry of Planning. During this workshop, 38 PTFs analyzed data collected previously on how women in Iraq are  contributing to peace processes and what areas they could move into to further these efforts. Part of the first day was devoted to reviewing the data collected by the NGO researchers, how they collected the data, and how they presented it. A standardized unified format for the work plan was developed based on the questions which were asked. The unified format organizes and presents in this information in a clear and unified manner.

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The Final Stakeholders’ Meeting – HEWAR Project

Al-Hamra’a Hall/ Al-Mansour Melia Hotel-Baghdad – August 19, 2015

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PTFs expressed greater interest in their advocacy efforts promoting for the NAP, and they continued to hold events voluntarily beyond the approved budget resulted in increasing PTFs to 366 in the five provinces.

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IF and the partner NGOs in five provinces in Iraq hold Community meetings to set priorities; develop internal linkages; and provide feedback to community

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IF and the partner NGOs in five provinces in Iraq hold community meetings to set priorities; develop internal linkages; and provide feedback to community.

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