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IF and in collaboration with partner NGOs and Marketing Expert, Dr. Saadon Chithir, initiated a 2-day marketing strategies training for 78 WIES beneficiaries in Baghdad, Basra and Maysan. The training curriculum was crafted by Dr. Chithir to fit WIES beneficiaries’ needs. The training tackled different marketing subjects including: marketing principles, targeting costumers, sustaining costumer’s relations and pricing methods.

 

 

 

 

 

January – March 2014: IF and Partners NGOs in all five provinces continued interviewing women victims of GBV in their legal clinics, reaching out to a total of 1580 women by the end of March 2014.  During this period, 426 women received legal consultation and 174 were provided with legal representation at courts. The number of victimized women that have benefitted from the legal support during this reporting period totals 256 women.

IF and partner NGOs exceeded the proposed number of beneficiaries to the legal clinics by provided the legal support and representation for an extra 80 victimized women. Furthermore, the legal clinics in Erbil, Baghdad, Babil, Daiyla will continue their efforts to support victimized women as contribution until the End of 2014.

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January – March 2014: The national coalition continued their 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 the recommendations of the National Charter.

The Task Force members worked closely with government officials and other international workers to implement the first recommendation of the national Charter which encourages the government to make a workplan to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325. These efforts  have paid off! The government declared on February 6, 2014 that they will launch the National Action Plan on UNSCR (2014-2018). Iraq became the first country in the Middle East and North Africa Region to launch such a program.

The Task Force held 3 hearing sessions in Erbil, Babil and Basra 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 inclusive of women.

The Task force member are continuing their efforts to implement the other 9 recommendations of the National Charter which aim to empower and ending violence against women in Iraq.

The task force members continued interacting with religious leaders and emphasizing on their role in ending the violence against women in Iraq. This fruitful effort resulted dedicating part of religious clergy’s speeches to talk about violence against women and means to end it.

Baghdad Task Force Members attending the National conference for launching work  plan to implement 1325 UN resolution


IF staff and Baghdad Task Force meeting At Al-Sadir city council to assess the progress in implementing the 10 recommendations/terms of the national charter 

 


Basra Task force Members holding hearing session

Babil Task Force efforts working with local government to  get the support for the National Charter

Clergies in Babil dedicating part of their speeches to talk about violence against women and means to end it as a result for Babil Task Force efforts to implement the 3rd recommendation of the National Charter
 

Introducing the national charter and the efforts the task force is making in Dayla towards ending violence against women                    

 


On April 26, IF held a press conference for the release of the final PAG report. Over 200 persons were in attendance, including major media outlets.

The conference began at 10 AM with a brief introduction by Ms. Suhaila Al-Assadi, PAG Program Manager. Ms. Al-Assadi discussed the significant cooperation of government institutions with the Iraq Foundation as a key component of the 3-year program. She specifically offered thanks to those that contributed to the project particularly, participating organizations, members of the 15 IMGs in each province, and the Commission on Integrity, which provided assistance in developing a training curriculum and provided trainings to IMG members on the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and attending key program activities. She also congratulated Ms. Rend AlRahim, Ms. Selwa Gailani and all IF staff on the success of the project.

Following Ms. Al-Assadi’s introduction, Dr. Salah Abd Razzak, Baghdad governor, discussed the achievements of IF through the course of the project. He reported that corruption in Iraq has declined over the past three years.

Mr. Sijad Ma’touq, Head of the Department of NGOs, expressed the enthusiasm of his department to cooperate with the IMGs and IF on implementing this project. He expressed his gratitude and appreciation to IF for establishing this project and the IMGs that carried out the project and worked to monitor corruption.

IF staff then presented awards to a number of officials representative of bodies, which proved instrumental in the implementation of the project. This included the Office of the Governor of Baghdad, the Baghdad Provincial Council, the Commission on Integrity, the Department of NGOs, among others. IF also presented letters of appreciation to the heads of participating organizations.

Members of a number of IMGs then spoke about the nature of their work as part of PAG, how they built up partnerships with the provincial councils, the Commission on Integrity, the media, and the community.

Each speaker thanked the Iraq Foundation and in particular, Ms. Rend AlRahim and the project staff, for the program which served to effect real change in the provinces through creating an atmosphere of transparency and bringing together citizens and local government. Participants also urged IF to continue using the approach of this program, namely bringing together civil society organizations and local government in order to effect real change in the provinces.

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Ms. Suhaila Al-Assadi, PAG Program Manager, provided opening remarks
 
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Ms. Al-Assadi presenting an award to the Governor of Baghdad.

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Ms. Al-Assadi presenting an award to the head of the Baghdad Provincial Council

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Presenting an award to a member of the Commission on Integrity

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The Press Conference was attended by over 200 individuals

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In the months of March and April, IF continued to engage youth and the local community in combating corruption. Specifically, local partners facilitated 3 additional youth activities according to the second no-cost extension granted to IF for this project. Additional activities occured in Baghdad, Thi Qar and Ninawa provinces. In Ninawa, youth released a hot air balloon displaying the slogan of the project, “No to Corruption… Yes to Transparency,” and also marched with signs denouncing corruption in a large community exhibit! In Thi Qar, youth met with local media to arrange for anti-corruption PSAs to be broadcast!

Staff continued to support efforts to bolster transparency locally. IF continued to coordinate a number of town hall meetings, which offer an opportunity for government officials and citizens to interface directly and discuss issues facing the community. In Ninawa province, the local IMG held an additional town hall meeting to continue the communication facilitated throughout the PAG project between officials and their communities. The Ninawa IMG also worked with local partners to publish the first and second issues of a brand-new newspaper, entitled “Transparency.”

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Local partners in Ninawa province facilitated the publication of a new newspaper, “Transparency,” that focuses on anti-corruption issues.

Youth in Baghdad continued to raise awareness on corruption issues in their community by holding a soccer game. Players wore jerseys displaying the slogan of the project, “No to Corruption… Yes to Transparency.” The sign below details the facilitators of the event including the Iraq Foundation, our local partner organization in Baghdad which is also a member of the National Network to Combat Corruption.

In Ninawa, youth march holding anti-corruption signs at exhibition in which they released a hot air balloon with the project slogan proudly displayed.

During the months of March and April 2012, IF facilitated the implementation of 5 town hall meetings in 5 Iraqi provinces. Local officials, the media, and the general public attended those meeting. During those meetings, the IMGs presented interim reports on the status of the Agenda for Change in their provinces and invited government officials to discuss the findings and recommendations addressed by the IMGs and the general public. Ninewa province also held a seventh voluntary town hall meeting.

Schedule:

No.

Province

Date of Town Hall Meeting

1

Diyala

4/10/2012

2

Anbar

3/1/2012

3

Babil

3/8/2012

4

Al-Muthanna

3/3/2012

5

Najaf

3/1/2012

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Voluntary 7th town hall meeting in Ninewa.

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Voluntary 7th town hall meeting in Ninewa.

6th town hall meeting in Anbar province held on March 1, 2012.

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6th town hall meeting in Diyala held on April 10, 2012.

IF worked with local anti-corruption citizens’ groups, Integrity Monitoring Groups (IMGs), to coordinate 30 extremely successful youth-led activities in 15 provinces. Activities included holding art exhibits or painting murals featuring work by local students on anti-corruption topics, plays, skits, or other performances demonstrating the negative effects of corruption on society, and athletic competitions to raise awareness in the community. From January 31 to February 6 in Ninawa, local youth painted anti-corruption murals in 32 schools! As a result of similar community efforts, local IMGs have received requests for more murals to be painted on the walls of schools or government buildings!

Staff continued to support efforts to bolster transparency locally. IF continued to coordinate town hall meetings, which offer an opportunity for government officials and citizens to interface directly and discuss issues facing the community. IF assisted IMGs in arranging radio talk show interviews during which anti-corruption specialists promote and explain the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and its practical implications to listeners! Additionally, IF facilitated monthly consultation meetings among members of local IMGs to plan activities, monitor progress and strengthen common purpose and mutual support! As a result of these efforts, members of IMGs continue to effectively engage local government officials and community members in IF’s campaign against corruption in Iraqi provinces!

IMGs work in the community to raise awareness of corruption issues in effective, innovative and unique ways. In Najaf, IMGs worked to print information on transparency and accountability on plastic grocery bags that were made available in grocery stores and butcher shops throughout the area.  In January and February, IMGs distributed 5,000 pamphlets and 5,000 posters detailing the Code of Conduct (COC) and associated compliance laws to various government agencies, educational establishments, CSOs and professional associations as well as public spaces, such as mosques. In one province, IMG members requested additional pamphlets to distribute among town hall meeting participants to inform the discussion!

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As part of PAG’s extension activities, IF’s local partners continued to distribute posters and pamphlets on the Code of Conduct (COC) and associated compliance laws in order to raise awareness of the anti-corruption legal framework and motivate public and private individuals to combat corruption. Publications were distributed to educational establishments, professional associations, government agencies, professional associations, civil society organizations and in public spaces, such as mosques, schools, and the town hall meetings held as part of PAG’s regular activities.

Radio talk show interview 1/21 in Babil on Babylon Radio with the Head of the County.

Najaf IMG worked to print information on transparency and accountability on plastic grocery bags that were made available in grocery stores and butcher shops throughout the area in February 2012.

IF worked with local anti-corruption citizens’ groups, Integrity Monitoring Groups (IMGs), to coordinate over 30 extremely successful youth-led activities in 15 provinces. Detailed information on selected students’ projects by province is described below:

Al-Muthanna: On January 30, students performed a play, which was attended by over 120 students in addition to a number of university professors. The play discussed incidences of corruption that commonly occur in Iraq and the consequences facing society as a result of such corruption.

On January 30, students presented 45 caricatures at an exhibit, attended by over 100 students.

Anbar: On February 23, 2012, students opened a playground at a local girls’ school.

On January 30, 2012, students held an art exhibit displaying 65 pieces. This event was well covered by members of the media.

Baghdad: On January 30, 2012, IF assisted students in presenting a puppet show at Imam Sadiq University entitled, “No to Corruption… Yes to Transparency.”

On January 31, 2012, IF cooperated with local youth to organize a soccer game after which medals and gold trophies were distributed to the winning team.  The losing team received silver trophies.

On April 9, 2012, as part of IF’s second no-cost extension activities, IF coordinated a youth soccer game at a local playground. Youth wore T-shirts displaying the phrase, “No to Corruption… Yes to Transparency.”

Babil: On January 25-27, IF supported local youth in holding a 2-day forum for youth titled, “Forum for Combating Administrative and Financial Corruption” at the University of Babil. 120 individuals, including students, professors and other members of the community, attended the forum. During this period, university youth also distributed 1500 copies of critical anti-corruption information around campus.

On January 29-30, 2012, youth worked with the Department of Physical Education at the University of Babil to organize two races to combat corruption.

Basra: On February 4, youth held a poetry festival to raise awareness of corruption issues.

On February 9-10, a group of students held a two-day mobile exhibition. On the first day, students visited the University of Basra and to the offices of a number of government officials including, the Minister of Human Rights, the Head of the County and members of the Provincial Council and a number of professors and students. On the second day, students spoke with a number of citizens and visited the offices of a number of local government officials to distribute pamphlets and posters on the CoC as well as the telephone numbers of the Commission on Integrity’s hotlines. Youth also conducted interviews throughout the exhibition.

Diwaniya: Throughout the month of February, the Diwaniya IMG worked with local youth to hold a radio program and launch PSAs on the radio to raise awareness of corruption.

On February 27, 2012, the local IMG held a special form for youth to familiarize them with the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NAS) and the role of CSOs, the local IMG and the Iraq Foundation in this strategy. Youth were also briefed on the many manifestations of corruption and ways to combat it.

Diyala: From January 15-31, 2012, two groups of students worked to raise awareness of corruption issues in the community: One group traveled to local elementary, middle and high schools in the area to educate young students on corruption and another worked in rural and urban areas to raise awareness among all community members.

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Karbala: Students held a play entitled, “When the Papers are Mixed” on January 25-27. Approximately 56 people attended performances.

From January 25 – 31, 2012, students held an art exhibit featuring 110 pictures, 4 large posters and 50 booklets. The exhibit was titled, “No to Corruption… Yes to Integrity.”

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Kirkuk: On January 17, 2012, IF assisted students in organizing a free verse poetry festival to combat corruption at a local elementary school.

On January 19, 2012, IF assisted students to organize a cartoon exhibition. The exhibition was attended by students and members of the community of both genders. 16 pieces were on display.

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Maysan: On January 15, 2012, students organized an exhibit featuring 65 illustrations and photographs highlighting the effects of corruption on society. Attendees enjoyed the artwork and recommended that students hold these exhibitions in local schools in order to expand the awareness raising efforts. Students also held a short symposium to introduce the achievements of the project.

On February 25, 2012, students held a skit to raise awareness.

Najaf: On January 17 and 19, the local IMG facilitated two youth workshops that included artistic exhibitions: a skit and an exhibition of cartoons on corruption.

Ninewa: From January 31 to February 6, 2012, local youth painted anti-corruption murals in 32 schools. In the mural pictured below, a tortoise is fatigued by the burdens of society (unemployment, basic services, vulnerable populations) while a rabbit runs ahead, unhampered as he carries only “corruption.”

On February 27, 2012, students held an art exhibit depicting the effects of corruption on society. A number of government officials and representatives of local CSOs were in attendance.

In April, 2012 as part of PAG’s no-cost extension, a group of students released a large hot-air balloon with the slogan, “Yes to Transparency, No to Corruption” displayed. Students also marched with signs denouncing corruption.

Salah Al-Deen:In February, 2012, youth held an art exhibit to combat corruption and facilitated a discussion forum between youth and local government on corruption.

Thi Qar: On January 26, students completed shooting an anti-corruption film and delivered a copy to the head of the local IMG. From January 20-27, 2012, students discussed with their local IMG the idea of establishing an electronic bulletin on corruption issues to support the project.

From January 20-27, 2012, students discussed with their local IMG the idea of establishing an electronic bulletin on corruption issues to support the project.On February 24, an electronic publication created by youth was completed.

On April 10, as part of IF’s second no-cost extension activities, a group of youth and the head of the Thi Qar IMG met with a local television network to discuss broadcasting PSAs to combat corruption. The PSA will be aired eight times during the period from 4/15-4/22 and will depict the destruction of recently constructed sidewalks.

Wasit: On January 24, 2012, local youth worked with the Wasit IMG to hold a five-kilometer marathon to bolster community support for anti-corruption efforts sponsored by IF. More than 50 young men and women ran in the marathon. Runners wore special shirts with the message: “No to corruption, yes to transparency.” The event was unexpectedly successful and resulted in the formation of a youth group that calls themselves, “Friends of the IMG” and has expressed eagerness to work with the local IMG on future projects. As a result of their efforts, students were awarded honorary medals by the Head of the county.

On April 2-5, the Wasit IMG worked with local youth to create a mural depicting the negative consequences of corruption on society.

Schedule of IMG Consultation Meetings & IMG Meeting with the Provincial Councils

No.

Province

 

Date of Meeting with  PC

 

Date of IMG Consultation  Meeting

1

Baghdad

2/8/2012

2/3/2012

2

Diyala

2/15/2012

2/4/2012

3

Ninawa

2/27/2012

2/3/2012

4

Wasit

2/6/2012

2/4/2012

5

Diwaniya

2/9/2012

2/2/2012

6

Anbar

2/14/2012

2/4/2012

7

Babil

2/8/2012

2/5/2012

8

Maysan

2/12/2012

2/10/2012

9

Basra

2/2/2012

2/3/2012

10

Al-Muthanna

2/23/2012

2/20/2012

11

Thi-Qar

2/5/2012

2/2/2012

12

Kirkuk

2/15/2012

2/18/2012

13

Najaf

2/13/2012

2/15/2012

14

Salah Al-Deen

2/4/2012

2/2/2012

15

Karbala

2/6/2012

2/4/2012

Selected Photos from Activities:

IMG Consultation Meeting, Baghdad, February 3, 2012.

Visit to Baghdad Provincial Council, February 8, 2012.

IMG Consultation Meeting, Babil, February 5, 2012.

Visit to Babil Provincial Council, February 8, 2012.

IMG Consultation Meeting, Wasit, February 4, 2012.

IMG Consultation Meeting, Diwaniya, February 2, 2012.

Visit to Diwaniya Provincial Council, February 9, 2012.

IMG Consultation Meeting, Ninawa, February 3, 2012.

Visit to Ninawa Provincial Council, February 27, 2012.

IMG Consultation Meeting, Anbar, February 4, 2012.

IMG Consultation Meeting, Diyala, February 4, 2012.

IMG Consultation Meeting, Muthanna, February 20, 2012.

Visit to Muthanna Provincial Council, February 23, 2012.

IMG Consulation Meeting, Maysan, February 10, 2012.

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IMG Consultation Meeting, Basra, February 3, 2012.

Visit to Basra Provincial Council, February 2, 2012.

IMG Consultation Meeting, Kirkuk, February 18, 2012.

Visit to Kirkuk Provincial Council, February 25, 2012.

During the month of February 2012, IF facilitated the implementation of 9 town hall meetings in 9 Iraqi provinces. Local officials, the media, and the general public attended those meeting. During those meetings, the IMGs presented interim reports on the status of the Agenda for Change in their provinces and invited government officials to discuss the findings and recommendations addressed by the IMGs and the general public.

Schedule:

No.

Province

Date of Town Hall Meeting

1

Baghdad

2/9/2012

2

Wasit

2/27/2012

3

Al-Qadisiyyah

2/23/2012

4

Ninawa

2/29/2012

5 Karbala 2/25/2012
6 Thi Qar 2/23/2012
7 Maysan 2/25/2012

8

Basra

2/23/2012

9 Kirkuk 2/29/2012
10 Diyala —-
11 Anbar —-
12 Al-Muthanna —-
13 Salah Al-Deen —-
14 Najaf —-
15 Babil —-

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Baghdad, February 9, 2012.


Wasit, February 27, 2012.


Diwaniya, February 23, 2012.


Ninawa, February 29, 2012.


Ninawa, February 29, 2012.


Karbala, February 25, 2012.


Thi Qar, February 23, 2012.


Maysan, February 25, 2012.