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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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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.

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.

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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 

 


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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                    

 


(IF) completed holding the second day of the First National Conference on October 3, 2013. The conference was attended by 105 high rank government officials and civil society activists. The participants voted to approve the National Charter and joined the national task force to implement the National Charter recommendations which aim towards improving women living conditions in Iraq.

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Last Update: Friday, January 24, 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 1154 women by the end of December 2013. During this reporting period, 327 women received legal consultations and 117 were provided with legal representation at courts. The number of victimized women that have benefitted from the legal support during this reporting period totals 376 women.

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Last Update: Friday, January 24, 2014

October – December 2013: Task Force works to present and discuss the National Charter

The national coalition led 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 the recommendations of the National Charter. 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’s efforts to towards ending violence against women in Iraq.

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Erbil team meeting with IF project manager to set a workplan 

Basra task force meeting in December 2013 to set a plan to implement the National charter recommendations

IF staff presenting the National Charter during an event held on December 2013 by Kurdistan Women Union branch in Baghdad


IF staff held a meeting with the task force to design a plan to implement the recommendations of the National Charter

Introducing the National Charter and the efforts the task force in Babil towards ending violence against women              

Babil Taskforce meeting to set a plan to implement the recommendations of the National Charter

Baghdad Task force presenting the national charter to young women in Baghdad 

Last Update: Friday, January 24, 2014

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