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Awarded: January 2017
Scheduled Completion: October 2017

The Iraq Foundation has received a grant from the German government to empower Female Head of Households (FHH) and other women in recently liberated areas from Da’esh (ISIS) in Nenawa, Salaheddin, and Anbar. IF will cultivate stabilization in these areas by building the capacity of these women to be leaders in their communities. IF will coordinate with IOM while implementing in 5 liberated areas in the aforementioned provinces.

As more Iraqis return to regions recently liberated from the grip of Da’esh, rebuilding these war-torn areas will require women taking on a larger role in their communities. Through training FHHs as community ambassadors and providing them with tools (including technology) and mechanisms to present the needs of their communities to relevant authorities, the women will not only be able to improve the wellbeing of other women in their area, but they will also create new gender norms for women in Iraq and contribute to the stabilization of their country as it rebuilds from war.

Experiencing horrific violence in her once peaceful home, Sabria left on a dangerous journey in search of safety, landing her in an IDP camp. While there, she was unable to find opportunity and faced severe health issues. With help from Iraq Foundation, Sabria received cooking training which allowed her to find employment make an income in order to support herself. Here is her story…

Follow the link below to support women like Sabria, and their families. We hope you consider donating to the Iraq Foundation to benefit those who need it most this time of year. Your small donation can change a life.

Why are women prevented from becoming leaders in society, and from becoming effective political and parliamentary players? Women must be made into partners and leaders in crafting our future. Iraq Foundation’s Al-Rasid Project, in accordance with UNSC Resolution 1325, monitors government initiatives to strengthen the role of women in Iraqi society.

Why are Iraqi women absent from the commission for national reconciliation? Women must play effective roles in security, in displacement camps, in the reconciliation committee and more, as deciding actors in these processes. Iraq Foundation’s Al-Rasid Project, in accordance with UNSC Resolution 1325, monitors Iraq’s National Plan that seeks empower and protect women.

For too long, Iraqi women have been the victims of increasing violence against them. To make matters worse, the rise of Da’esh has added to the plight of women. This violence is a crime that all must work to prevent, especially within IDP communities; it’s everyone’s responsibility to stand up to violence against Iraqi women. Al-Rasid helps to monitor national initiatives that protect women from gender-based violence.

One of the key elements of Al Rasid project is raising awareness on UNSCR 1325 to further enhance the role of women in the decision making process and in overall peacemaking initiatives. Al-Rasid project worked with displaced women and victims of gender-based violence to help build their capacity on these initiatives and increase their influence within communal decision making.

Two years have passed since Iraq formed the National Action Plan following UNSC Resolution 1325 calling for the security and protection of women. Iraq was the first country to adopt this decision nationally within the Middle East. Iraq Foundation’s Al-Rasid Project monitors the implementation of the National Action Plan, tracking its success and failures, and thereby assisting its ability to empower women as leaders.

IF’s Executive Director Mrs. Basma Fakri met with members of the Iraqi COR on February 16th, 2016 to discuss IF’s al-Rasid project. Those present at the meeting also discussed UNSCR 1325 and the need to create a body in the state to push for women’s rights after the recent dissolution of the Women’s Affairs Committee.

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Additional meeting details in Arabic

As part of Activity 7 in Al-Rasid, PTFs held 9 community meetings to set priorities on GBV and the inclusion of women in peace-making initiatives. Participants focused on issues included in the NAP. These meetings were attended by 327 community members including 212 women and 115 men.

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As part of carrying out Activity 6 of Al-Rasid, which encompasses monthly meetings with local officials and stakeholders to implement the NAP, PTFs reached out to 369 participants (211 men, 158 women). Additionally, PTFs reached out to provincial officials and local decision makers for consultation and advocacy in order to evolve policies and mechanisms for implementing the NAP in light of local needs and conditions. A total of 14 meetings were held in this reporting period.

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