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IF and Partners NGOs have successfully formed one local coalition of men and women in each of the five provinces. Each coalition consists of 20 members (10 women leaders and 10 men leaders in the community) from different layers of the society. The coalitions conducted monthly meetings and worked on drafting the national charter which will be finalized on the national conference. The national charter has recommendations regarding  policies and actions of the Iraqi government in the light of the recommendations of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Each coalition is working on issuing a statement in their province.

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Last Update: Thursday, October 24, 2013

IF successfully held the first national conference on September 7, 2013. The conference was attended by 38 representatives of the five coalitions and the partner implementing organizations. The conference resulted in drafting a national charter with 10 recommendations to improve conditions of GBV victims and describe practical steps towards ending violence against women.

Photos of the Conference:

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Last Update: Thursday, October 24, 2013

April – June 2013: Legal Clinic Interviews

IF and Partners NGOs in all five provinces continued interviewing women victims of GBV in their legal clinics, reaching out to a total of 538 women by the end of June 2013. During this reporting period, 227 women received legal consultation and 82 were provided with legal representation at courts. The number of victimized women that have benefitted from the legal support totals 309 women.

 

Last Update: Monday, July 29, 2013

IF and Partners NGOs have successfully formed one local coalition of men and women in each of the five provinces. Each coalition consists of 20 members (10 women leaders and 10 men leaders in the community) from different layers of the society. Every coalition has conducted two meetings and worked on adopting statements that call for the integration of women in reconciliation efforts and the implementation of programs for the advancement to the economic situation, and the application of laws responsive to gender, and strengthening the role of judicial bodies and developing recommendations regarding  policies and actions of the Iraqi government in the light of the recommendations of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Each coalition is working on issuing a statement in their province.

Selected Pictures

Baghdad coalition meeting 04/27/2013

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Coalition 1st work group Meeting to develop recommendation to end violence against women

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Basra coalition meeting 06/29/2013

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Last Update: Monday, July 29, 2013

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

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Diyala legal clinic, February 4, 2013

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Baghdad legal clinic: February 28, 2013

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Last Update: Monday, April 22, 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:

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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
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Training in Erbil, January 15-16 2013
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Training in Babil, January 22-23 2013
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Last Update: Thursday, April 11, 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:


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Last Update: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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