IF Leadership Changes
In recognition of her outstanding leadership and proven capabilities demonstrated over the past 9 years serving as the Deputy Director of the Iraq Foundation (IF), we are pleased to announce that Ms. Selwa Gailani will take over the position of Executive Director effective March 10. Ms. Rend Al-Rahim will serve as the President of the Iraq Foundation and as such, will continue to represent IF and have overall responsibility for the institution’s performance and management.
Personal Status Article
IF would like to share a translated article, "Iraqis' New Personal Status Ja'fari Law is Sectarian." This article was originally written in Arabic by Iraqi Parliamentarian and IF partner, Safia Suheil and is available on the website of the Woodrow Wilson Intrnational Center for Scholars.
IF Board Member, Azzam Alwash, Named Top Thinker
IF is pleased to announce that board member, Azzam Alwash, has been named as one of Foreign Policy's top 100 thinkers for 2013! Read more here. The theme of this year's list was "the decision makers" highlighting those individuals that have "shown the courage to lay their reputations on the line, the cunning to seize opportunities, or the wisdom to recognize that the worst enemy of the political establishment is often inertia."
IF Contributes to Inter-Agency Report
The Iraq Foundation celebrates the publication of the "Inter-Agency Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Mapping in Iraq." IF contributed to the development of this report as a member of the SGBV Sub-Working Group in Baghdad. The report provides a snapshot of SGBV patterns, prevention and response mechanisms in Iraq and is meant to serve as a practical tool to pull information on SGBV prevention and response in order to more effectively plan, implement and strategize.
IF Honors Staff Members
The Iraq Foundation would like to honor the hard work and dedication of the following staff members for their efforts on the successful work of the Women for Equitable Legislation (WEL) Project: Ms. Suhaila Al-Assadi, Ms. Amna Al-Katib and Mr. Humam Rajab (pictured below). Due to their efforts, the legislative amendments and interventions that the WEL project has been working on to improve women's rights in Iraq have been approved by the Ministry of State for Women's Affairs and have been submitted to the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, where they await consideration by the Cabinet. Through the persevering efforts of our WEL staff the legislative amendments have also been endorsed by members or parliament, in several cases exceeding the required number in the constitution, and have been submitted to the Office of the Speaker for consideration by the Council of Representatives.
We would also like to thank the members of the Iraqi COR and the senior Ministerial officials who have supported the goals and the work of the WEL project. We also wish to thank our group of dedicated partner NGOs, numerous judges, academics, and activists who have contributed to the success of the project and to bringing it to the attention of decision-makers.
Our sincere thanks to our staff and to all our partners and collaborators!
Ms. Suhaila Al-Assadi, Senior Projects Manager, IF - Baghdad Office
Ms. Amna Al-Katib, Project Assistant, WEL Project, IF - Baghdad Office
Mr. Humam Rajab, Project Officer, IF - DC Office
Apply for the 2014 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP)
The Iraq Foundation is pleased to be working with Meridian International Center on the 2014 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP). Funded by the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, this prestigious program is designed to provide talented, hard-working, and highly motivated Iraqi undergraduate students with an opportunity to spend five weeks studying at a U.S. University for an intensive academic institute in the summer of 2014. To learn more and apply, click here. Read more here.
Apply for the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program
The Iraq Foundation encourages applications for the 2014-2015 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program at the Washington, DC–based National Endowment for Democracy. Deadline to apply is October 1, 2013. For more information, please click here.
Nature Iraq is looking for a new CEO. To read more, click here.
The Iraq Foundation held a special screening of "Interfaith Dialogue in Mesopotamia" on Tuesday, October 9 in Washington, DC. For more information, click here.
Support the Tigris River Flotilla
The Iraq Foundation supports Nature Iraq's campaign to protect the Tigris River through supporting the Tigris River Flotilla.
The Iraq Upper Tigris Waterkeeper and Nature Iraq are planning an epic journey down the Tigris River from southeast Turkey to the Gulf in both traditional Iraqi and modern boats. The goal is to promote the clean-up and protection of the river.
Consider supporting the project. The Nature Iraq Foundation, a U.S.-organizations set up to support conservation work in the region, set up a way for people to do this on the Indiegogo fundraising website. They are trying to raise 20,000 USD for the Flotilla but have less than 115 days to do it. Every contribution, no matter how small will help us reach that goal. If you can help, follow this link to the Tigris River Flotilla or consider putting the following link on your facebook/website:
Dr. Alwash speaks on Iraq's Natural Environment
Dr. Azzam Alwash is the Founder and President of Nature Iraq, an NGO dedicated to protecting and preserving Iraq's natural environment and rich cultural heritage. He dedicated his life to restore the Iraqi Marshlands, the cradle of civilisation, drained by Saddam Hussein which has been one of the biggest environmental disasters in the world..
Dr. Alwash could be the voice of the Iraqi people, to protect the historical Marshlands and their people, by talking on TED2013.
Please see the video and support his call for a blue revolution by rating this video.
Apply for the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program
The Iraq Foundation encourages applications for the 2014-2015 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program at the Washington, DC–based National Endowment for Democracy. For more information, please click here.
IF's Executive Director Meets with Human Rights Minister in Iraq
The Minister for Human Rights in Iraq, H.E. Mohammed Shiya' Al-Soudani, received IF's Executive Director in his office on July 17, 2012. They held a lively dialogue about the vital role played by non-governmental organizations in supporting human rights in Iraq, and agreed on areas of future cooperation between IF and the Ministry. To view photos of this meeting, please click here.