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Thanks to IF’s small grants competition featured in Al Rasid (the Monitor) project, these beneficiaries are now able to generate a monthly income with skills they obtained through livelihood training classes. This initiative is just one part of Al Rasid’s efforts to address GBV and boost the understanding of the role women play as peace builders and the positive role of men in ending conflict. Through support for the National Action Plan and National Strategy for UNSCR 1325, Iraq hopes to eliminate the legal, social, and economic challenges faced by women. The small grants program targeted hundreds of beneficiaries throughout Iraqi society as a whole, with an emphasis on women displaced as a result of conflict, and those who are victims of violence.

These four beneficiaries were hired as chefs in a bakery and frozen food shop in Mar Elias Church after successfully completing their baking and cooking training provided by the Association of Women and Children Rights. The training was done in coordination with the Provincial Task Force with support from the Iraq Foundation’s Al Rasid project. The beneficiaries now receive a monthly salary of $300.

They all expressed their happiness and satisfaction with the work, as one of the women said, “we were previously looking for jobs to support our families, as we are all displaced and in dire need of a source of income, thus we decided to enroll in baking and cooking class, and with the help and coordination of the association president…we were accepted and hired as chefs. Currently, we are so happy with this job.”

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This beneficiary completed barber classes and opened a barber booth for men’s haircuts and shaving. He said about opening the booth: “I came up with idea after completing the class, with encouragement from the complex’s manager who gave me some metal which was left at the complex to build my booth, and since I worked in metalwork before, I built my booth and started working there from 4:00-8:00 pm, after returning from my work. I charge 1,000 dinars per person, and make between 5,000 to 8,000 dinars a day, I am very pleased with this work, and I think I’m offering services at a subsidized price to the residents of the complex as well as making financial income.”

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After completing the first aid classes, trainers conducted a test for all the participants and gave the outstanding participants first aid bags provided by the Red Cross. These outstanding beneficiaries are now qualified to do the procedures of first aid, including injecting needles to patients, measuring blood pressure and providing any urgent treatments. All of the beneficiaries are currently working in their compounds.

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January – March 2014

Apprenticeship: IF provided apprenticeship placement to 22 female heads of household (FHH).

Grants and Loans: IF is pleased to report that 42 WIES beneficiaries were linked to grants/ loans including: 14 in-kind grants from Iraq ex-football national team, captain Ahmed Radhi, the grants consisted of: hairdressing toolkits and sewing toolkits, and ID 12 million ($10,000) no interest loan from a philanthropist for 12 WIES beneficiaries in Maysan.

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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