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In June 2014 IF in partnership with ICFJ developed and designed the TABEIR Iraq interactive mapping and resource platform. The platform provides a secure site where journalists and freedom-of-expression activists in Iraq can report on threats to freedom of expression and harassment and attacks on journalists and activists. IF and the network of FOE defenders formed through in-country trainings provided by IF’s 10 partner NGOs continued to update the map with new FOE violations. As of the end of March 2015, the TABEIR map has recorded 80 FOE violations. The map can be accessed from the following link: https://www.tabeiriraq.org/reports/

The Iraqi High Judicial Council, in cooperation with the Iraq Foundation and with the support of the US Department of State – Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), has launched a mobile application that provides several services including news updates, investigative journalism, Federal Supreme Court decisions and Cassation Court decisions. This application comes as part of IF’s HEWAR project to boost the HJC’s communication with stakeholders and citizens. To download the application please use the following links:

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The Iraq Foundation (IF) is pleased to report that 4 WIES beneficiaries were linked to job opportunities during this reporting period. Three started working as tailors in Al-Akhawin Factory in Baghdad, and one started working as a housekeeper for a Lebanese firm based in Basra which is specialized in biological research for the oil industry, she was hired for $700/ month.   As part of the marketing strategies developed by WIES, improving marketing for businesses-owned by females heads of household (FHH), IF contracted Al-Nijoom Company to produce 100 electronic ads to help WIES beneficiaries advertise their products. During this reporting period, IF was granted a 3 months no cost extension (NCE) for the project from October 31, 2014 to January 31, 2015 in the provinces of Baghdad, Basra and Maysan. IF amended its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Iraqi Women Association in Maysan, Al Ferdos NGO in Basra and contracted 2 NGOs in Baghdad: the Iraqi Women’s League in Baghdad and Um Al Yateem. As a result ofthe NCE, the following was achieved:   27 FHH received advanced marketing for their businesses in Maysan.   33 WIES families (33 women, 7 men) in Baghdad and Basra attended family financial planning sessions. Female and male members of the household gathered with a third party to reflect on the proper allocation of  income generated by project activities.   IF contracted The Voice of Joy radio station to produce 100 radio spots advertising WIES supported businesses in the three provinces.

WIES beneficiaries started working in Al-Akhawain Tailor Factory

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IF conducted the second national conference for its PEACE project in Baghdad on the 22nd of December 2014. The event was held at the Almansour hotel in Baghdad. The conference was headed by IF’s president Ms. Rend Al-Rahim and was attended by 136 people representing a wide range of stakeholder groups including the government, non-governmental organizations, and media groups.

The participants reviewed the accomplishments of the PEACE project, how to utilize the project’s momentum moving forward, progress achieved on the National Charter, the PEACE project data base, and the project’s score card. The score-card measures the progress in legal, social, and economic reforms based on the indicators established by the National Charter and the progress made by national and local government agencies.

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WIES beneficiaries received in-kind donations to support their businesses from philanthropists

 

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Charitable marketing event in Maysan

 

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Day 1: August 24, 2014

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Day 2: August 25, 2014

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Day 3: August 26, 2014

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Day 4: August 27, 2014

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The NGOs in Baghdad, Babil, Diyala and Basrah will continue the work of their legal clinics to support victimized women at no-cost to the PEACE project until December 31, 2014! The four clinics provided free services to 242 victimized women as a contribution from the lawyers despite the fact that their contract ended March 31, 2014. These efforts will raise the total number of beneficiaries benefited from the legal clinics to 1822.

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Baghdad Taskforce members led awareness sessions about the national charter and UN Resolution 1325. Charter-1

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The Task Force held 2 hearing sessions in Baghdad for women impacted by violence. The National Coalition and Task Force also worked closely with the partner NGOs and with local and national governments to support and inform any current or future peace-building initiatives to be more inclusive of women. IF and partner NGOs have completed a total of 26 hearing sessions in the five provinces.

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In recent months, the Iraq Foundation (IF) and the National Coalition members in the five provinces continued the efforts to publish and disseminate the National Charter through local print and social media to raise awareness among local and national government decision-makers about its recommendation/terms. The recommendations have been presented and discussed in conferences, seminars, radio and TV programs, all over the country to attract more stakeholders to join Iraq Foundation efforts to towards ending violence against women in Iraq.

IF and the members of the National Coalition managed the publication and dissemination of the National Charter through various media outlets to raise awareness of its content amongst local and national government officials.  In addition, the Task Force held 2 hearing sessions in Baghdad for women affected by violence. Finally, NGOs in Baghdad, Babil, and Daiyla allocated enough resources to continue their legal clinics supporting victimized women at no cost until December 31, 2014.