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News from the Iraq Foundation
June and July 2010 Activities, Issue 47
Dear Friends,

We have been extremely busy in the last few months conducting numerous activities to improve the lives of Iraqis!  During July, IF successfully held the first workshop for Iraqi women parliamentarians in Beirut, designed to empower newly elected politicians to be effective in negotiation, conflict resolution, public relations and advocacy as part of our Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP).  The workshop was an opportunity for IWPs from different political parties to meet each other and build friendly relationships away from sectarian and partisan clusters. Many participants expressed their great satisfaction with the workshop as it gave them the opportunity and obtain valuable information from their more experienced counterparts.

In addition, IF launched our Iraqi Youth Camp in Kurdistan, providing 100 Iraqi youths from all over the country with valuable leadership skills, citizenship courses, and social networking training.   

Promoting good governance throughout Iraq's provinces, IF formed integrity monitoring groups in 15 Iraqi provinces as part of our Provincial Accountability and Governance (PAG) project.  IF's Human Rights Advocacy Initiative (HRAI) coalition also held their 7th coalition building meeting and an advocacy workshop on shadow report writing during the month of July. In addition, IF broadcast Television and Radio spots to advocate for the adoption of the UN recommendations for Iraq.

In addition to all these exciting activities, IF's HRAI team also produced its 19th newsletter during this period, which reports on HRAI coalition activities and the human rights situation in Iraq.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about our projects or activities!

Sincerely,

Joseph Sandor
Communication Officer
Iraq Foundation


IF Conducts Workshop for Iraqi Women Parliamentarians
 
From July 18-22, 2010, IF successfully held the first Iraqi Women Parliamentarians' (IWP) workshop in Beirut, Lebanon. The workshop included 19 Iraqi women parliamentarians (15 newly elected, 3 re-elected and one former parliamentarian) coming from various provinces and representing almost all political parties. Trainers and speakers included Moroccan and Lebanese Parliamentarians as well as regional and international experts.

Topics covered included:

1. Approaches to conflict resolution, consensus building, and negotiation
2. Public speaking and leadership
3. Research and administration
4. Committee operation
5. Constituents relations
6. Oversight of the executive branch agencies
7. Policy analysis

This program was covered by local and regional media and newspapers.  The workshop was an opportunity for IWPs from different political parties to meet each other and build friendly relationships away from sectarian and partisan clusters.

Many participants expressed their great satisfaction with the workshop as it gave them the opportunity and obtain valuable information from their more experienced counterparts.

Learn more, see photos and press clippings...
 
IF Launches Youth Camp in Kurdistan for 100 Iraqi Students

On July 14th, IF launched its first "Youth Civics Camp" in partnership with the American University of Iraq in Suleimaniyya (AUI/S). Four sessions of 25 students from different Iraqi provinces participated in the camps, which ran from July 14 to August 7th. The camps trained students on the 'eDemocracy' curriculum newly developed by the Iraq Foundation and Freedom House for use at the high school and undergraduate levels.  Special modules in the curriculum dealt with the Iraqi constitution, the Iraqi state, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens under the constitution.  Youth became familiar with primary characteristics of liberal democracies and how their civic duties play a central part in maintaining the country's peace and freedom.  The training also addressed youth's role in developing an ethos of reconciliation, community based conflict resolution and cross-sectarian cooperation. The students also gained knowledge about civic action via the internet, including how to better use blogs, Twitter and Facebook, and how to get out their messages and widen their networks among other civic minded youth. 

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IF's Human Rights Team Holds Coalition Building Meeting and Workshop

On July 13, 2010, HRAI coalition members held their 7th coalition building meeting in Suleimaniyya, Iraq. During the meeting, the 20 participants discussed future activities including IF's media campaign about the UN human rights council recommendations to Iraq as well as the three reports that the HRAI coalition is currently writing: the shadow reports on CEDAW and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the report on Iraq's legal status regarding the Optional Protocols to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention Against Torture, and the Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. 

Following the coalition building meeting, IF held a workshop on the"Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women" (CEDAW) shadow report writing, from July 14-16.  The workshop was facilitated by the Association Libanaise pour l'Education et la Formation (ALEF) and covered a range of issues including: the Iraqi state's legal bind to meet its obligations as stipulated in the Convention, an analysis of Iraq's compliance with the convention, the most important challenges that prevent Iraq from complying with the convention, and the technical aspects of the shadow report writing. Participants were very active and engaged.

Learn more and view pictures...

 
IF Selects Integrity Monitoring Groups

As part of our efforts to combat corruption and promote transparency, IF is pleased to announce that we have finalized the selection of the 15 provincial integrity monitoring groups (IMGs) as part of the Provincial Accountability and Governance (PAG) Project during the month of July.   These monitoring groups are comprised of civic leaders and will work with the local provincial councils to promote an Agenda for Change.  In order to select these groups, IF staff conducted visits to each of the 15 provinces to evaluate each group, discuss coordination, discuss the implementation of the province's Agenda for Change.  The Agenda for Change will be supported with an image-based anti-corruption media campaign, which will air in the coming months on local and national Iraqi media.

Learn more and view photos...
In This Issue
IF Assists Iraqi Women Parliamentarians
IF Launches Youth Camp in Kurdistan for 100 Iraqi Students
IF Holds Coalition Building Meeting and Advocacy Workshop.
IF Selects Integrity Monitoring Groups
IF Broadcasts TV Spots and Radio Spots to Support Human Rights in Iraq
Executive Director Travels throughout the Middle East to Promote and Monitor IF Projects
IF Publishes19th Human Rights Newsletter
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HRAI Newsletter

IF Broadcasts TV and Radio Spots to Support Human Rights in Iraq

On July 29 IF launched its TV and radio campaign on the UN human rights council recommendations to Iraq. A total of 300 TV spots and 240 radio spots will run until the end of October on Al-Sharqiya, Al-Iraqiya, Al-Sumariya, and Al-Furat TV stations on prime time. The campaign will also be complemented by newspaper ads and billboards.

View IF's Spots...



Executive Director Travels throughout the Middle East to Promote and Monitor IF Projects
IF's Executive Director Rend Al-Rahim traveled extensively throughout the Middle East to promote IF's work and monitor the implementation of our projects during the month of July.  During this time, Ms. Al-Rahim was interviewed by many Middle Eastern and Iraqi media outlets to promote IF's mission..


HRAI Newsletter
IF Publishes 19th Human Rights Newsletter!
The Human Rights Advocacy Initiative (HRAI) published its nineteenth newsletter in July 2010.  The newsletter combines the reports of three to four coalition members on various types of human rights violations across Iraq. It also reports on the HRAI and the coalition's networking and advocacy activities.
Published in Arabic, HRAI's monthly newsletters are available on our website.

Read Newsletter (July 2010 / PDF Arabic)



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