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On Tuesday June 9th, Ms. Rend al-Rahim, president of the Iraq Foundation, chaired a meeting to discuss the impact that the crisis in Iraq and the release of its Emergency National Action Plan will have upon the foundation’s AL-RASID project.

Since the Iraqi government released the original National Action Plan (NAP), becoming the first Middle Eastern Country to commit itself to the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace, and Security), the Iraq Foundation has been working with partner NGO’s to monitor the strides made in Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Babil and Ninewa toward women’s rights and representation. It has also worked toward building the capacity of national and local actors to implement the NAP and address GBV and raising awareness among boys and men.

However, with the onset of instability and security challenges to the government, it has amended the provisions of the NAP. This meeting targeted ways in which to adjust to these changes, ultimately incorporating them into AL-RASID’s Monitoring and Evaluation and strategy to increase the number of provincial task forces in the project’s target provinces.


 

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On May 24th 2015, the Iraq Foundation worked in coordination with Entisar Ali al-Jubouri, head of the Women and Children parliamentary committee, to hold a daylong workshop for newly elected officials inside the House of Representatives building. The meeting was led by IF president, Ms. Rend Al-Rahim, along with the other MPs and high rank government officials who are particularly knowledgeable on women, peace and security issues. The focus of this event was to increase the newly elected MPs’ awareness of relevant parliamentary committees such as the Committee for Women: Legal Committee. Forty-two government officials attended the meeting, and discussed various topics such as the specific protection needs of women and girls in conflict zones. Additionally, they focused on promoting women’s participation in addressing gender perspectives in peace processes, and discussed the value of empowering women and girls as active agents in peace and security. The workshop resulted in the drafting of ten recommendations to empower women, which will be presented to the cabinet in June.

 

Al-Rasid Meeting

IF Recently completed a number of events during the no cost extension of the WIES project including:

 

An advocacy event in Baghdad
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A Family Financial Planning Session
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Job Fairs

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and Marketing Training

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The three-day workshop was held at Al-Mansour Hotel in Baghdad and came to a close on Wednesday March 18, 2015.  The Workshop/training was attended and addressed by IF executive director Ms. Basma Fakri along with 36 government officials including MPs and senior government officials, and 50 civil society actors and task force members from the five provinces of  Erbil, Ninwa plain , Baghdad, Babil and Basrah, who were trained in Activity 1.

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During February 2015 the five partner NGOs in Al-RASID provided 5 trainings for 344 stakeholders in the five provinces distributed as as follows: Erbil 86 (23 female and 73 male), Ninwa plain 60 (26 female and 34 male), Baghdad 41 (10 female and 41 male), Babil 93 (35 female and 58 male) and Basrah 65(31 female and 34 male).The participants represented women’s advocacy organizations, service providers, local community leaders and members of the judiciary and local law enforcement units.

 

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The workshop was held  January 17-18, 2015 and was headed by IF president Ms. Rend Al-Rahim. The workshop introduced the participants to Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Iraq National Action Plan (NAP), and it focused on building coalitions between civic organizations and government entities to implement the NAP.

The secondary goal of the workshop was to prepare  participants from the provinces to act as trainers in order to train local communities in the provinces on 1325, the NAP and coalition building.The workshop also introduced strategies for coalition building among this group, including sharing experiences and ensuring common messaging in preparation for the local training sessions which will be held by the five partner NGOs.

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Periodical meetings with Partner NGOs

On the 28th of March 2015 IF hosted the 6th periodical meeting for the representatives of the 10 partner NGOs. The meeting was dedicated to explore further means to enhance TABEIR map and discuss various scenarios for the FOE short movies which will be produced by the partner NGOs as part of the first round of the small grants funded through TABEIR project.

 

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IF and partner NGOs continued their efforts to provide the In-country training to journalists, citizen journalists and NGO members across Iraq. By the end of March 2015, IF and its partner NGOs trained 1326 participants through conducting 54 training events throughout Iraq.

 

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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:

iTunes
Google Play Store