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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



Diyala legal clinic, February 4, 2013



Baghdad legal clinic: February 28, 2013





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.

Diyala Meeting:

Babil Meeting:

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.

Selected Photos:

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

Women for Progress NGO_Baghdad 1

Women for Progress NGO_Baghdad 2

Bint Alrafidayn NGO_Babil 1

Bint Alrafidayn NGO_Babil 2

Photos of Case Management Training:

Last Update: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

IF launched the WIES project in October, 2012. During this month, IF identified and signed agreements with 4 NGO partners in Baghdad, Maysan, Diyala and Ninawa. IF and partner NGOs started the selection of economic development experts in each province. The economic expert will assess the various economic sectors in each province and skills/job requirements in these sectors for both semi-literate and literate women. This mapping will assist IF and its partner NGOs to identify  potential employers, job descriptions, and skills that respond best to the recurrent needs of the local market.

IF’s staff in Basra and the partner NGOs started to contact training centers to deliver the project’s training component. Also, contacts with microloan providers have already started. We are currently looking at training centers and have identified FHH to participate in the program.

Last Update: Monday, December 31, 2012 

Day 1 – November 7, 2010

Mr. Basim Al-Awadi (Representative of Mr. Amar Al-Hakim-Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq)

Right to left:  Mr. Kamil Ameen (Director General-MoHR), Mr. Aadil Al-Zoba’ee(Baghdad Provincial Council member), Ms. Samira Al-Musawi (PM-CoR), Ms. Rend Al-Rahim (E.D of Iraq Foundation), Judge Hadi Aziz (Retired judge-Karada Court).

Right to left: Mr. Husam Abdullah (HRAI-Coalition member, Mr. Khalid Ameen (PM-CoR), Mr. Wisam Ja’afar (HRAI-Coalition member), Ms. Shlair Laiz (PM-CoR), Dr. Maha Al-Sagban (HRAI-Coalition member).

From right to left: Mr. Amar Fahim (HRAI-Coalition member), Mr. William Warda (Hamorabi Organization), Ms. Shlair Laiz (PM-CoR), Ms. Rend Al-Rahim (E.D of Iraq Foundation), Dr. Ghazi Faisal (Dean of Law College-Alnahrain University), Dr. Fawziya Al-Attiya (Academic).

Right to left: Mr. Mohammed Kiyani (PM-CoR), Ms. Shayan Mohammed Taher (PM-CoR).

Day 2 – November 7, 2010

Ms. Rend Al-Rahim (E.D of Iraq Foundation)-Opening the session.

IF-Staff of Baghdad and Basra with Ms. Rend Al-Rahim (Executive Director of Iraq Foundation)

Right to left: Mr. Salim Lafta (HRAI-Coalition member), Ali Raheem (HRAI-Project Manager), Mr. Haider Al-Awadi (HRAI-Coalition member).

Right to left: Mr. Khalil Ibrahim (National Institute for Human Rights – MoHR), Mr. Abdulkareem Shnayin (Head of the Human Rights Committee in Baghdad Provincial Council), Dr. Salah Al-Ni’aimi (Representative of the MoHE), Ms. Shayan Mohammed Taher (PM in the CoR), Ms. Rend Al-Rahim (Executive Director of Iraq Foundation).

Mr. Abdulsatar Al-Bairikdar (Spokesperson of the Higher Judicial Council).

On September 2nd, IF’s HRAI Team Launched a joint media campaign with local provincial council members to promote and discuss a variety of human rights topics. Three programs were produced, covering women’s rights,  honor killings in Kurdistan, and the role of CSOs in protecting human rights, where held in September.

During October, IF’s HRAI team also continued to work with local partners and provincial council members to produce and broadcast local TV programs on human rights themes.  Seven programs were produced this month, covering: the role of the governmental associations in supporting and protecting human rights; the establishment of the Iraqi Human Right Commission; the mechanism of the Universal Periodic Review; administrative corruption and human rights; the human rights situation in prisons and detention centers; minority rights; and forced disappearance.

The final program was held on November 4th. A total of 10 programs were produced in collaboration with provincial council officials through the course of this media campaign.

For more information on the individual broadcasts, please see below:


September 2nd-Azadi local TV in Erbil – The topic was about “Women rights and honor killings in Kurdistan”

September 14th-Dahouk local TV in Dahouk-The topic was about “Women’s rights”


September 17th-Salah Al-Deen Satellite Channel-the topic was about ”the role of CSOs in supporting and protecting human rights”

On Oct. 4, IF implemented in Salah Alden-Satellite TV Channel, the 3rd HR program on “the role of the governmental associations in supporting and protecting human rights”.

On Oct. 5, the 4th HR program was transmitted on Al-Hurriya Satellite TV Channel about “the establishment of the Iraqi Human Right Commission”.

The 5th HR program “the mechanism of the Universal Periodic Review” was transmitted on Al-Hurriya Satellite TV Channel on Oct. 12.

IF implemented the 6th HR program “Administrative corruption and human rights” in Al-Ghadeer Satellite TV Channel on Oct. 15.

The 7th HR program” the human rights situation in prisons and detention centers” was implemented on Oct. 22.

“The minorities’ rights” was the 8th HR program that IF implemented on Al-Hurriya Satellite TV Channel on Oct. 19.

Al-Anbar Satellite TV Channel transmitted IF’s 9th HR TV program “Forced disappearance” on Oct. 20.

On July 13th HRAI coalition members held their 7th coalition building meeting in Suleimaniyya-Iraq. During the meeting, the 20 participants discussed futures activities including the media campaign about the UN human rights council recommendations to Iraq, the shadow reports on CEDAW and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the report on Iraq’s legal status regarding the Optional Protocols to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention Against Torture, and the Convention on the Protection of all Persons from enforced Disappearance.

Following the coalition building meeting, IF held a workshop on the”Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women” (CEDAW) shadow report writing, from July 14-16. The workshop was facilitated by the Association Libanaise pour l’Education et la Formation (ALEF) and covered: the Iraqi state’s legal bind to meet its obligations as stipulated in the Convention, an analysis of Iraq’s compliance with the convention, the most important challenges that prevent Iraq from complying with the convention, and the technical aspects of the shadow report writing. Participants were very active and engaged.