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News from the Iraq Foundation
May and June 2011 Activities, Issue 57&58    

Dear Friends,

   

It gives us great pleasure to announce that IF launched an Arabic language website! PEDPOnline.org provides information on the Post Election Democracy Project as well as showcases all the project's activities, curricula, resources and reports generated. In addition, we are pleased to report that our civic monitoring groups released of a groundbreaking report on the Iraqi government's ability to safeguard the full spectrum of civil and political liberties as part of the PEDP project. 

 

IF also successfully held a training workshop in Erbil for diverse groups of Iraqi students participating in the Interfaith Cooperation Project (ICP) in partnership with Al-Sumaria TV station. Participating students were trained on the art of film-making and on Iraq's long history as a religiously diverse community in preparation for filming their documentaries on Iraq's diverse, religious heritage.    

 

As part of the Provincial Accountability and Governance Project (PAG), IF conducted numerous activities throughout Iraq's provinces to promote good governance and fight corruption, including an innovative bike tour throughout the city of Basra, several town hall meetings, radio talk show programs, and an art exhibition in the Ninawa province.  

 

We are also thrilled to announce that 280 widows from throughout Iraq started the the second training cycle as part of the Empowering Iraqi Widows to Thrive (EIWT) Project!  Additionally, we are happy to share many success stories from the project, including the awarding of micro grants to several widows in Maysan, generous support from local provincial councils, as well as meetings in the Iraqi Council of Representatives (COR) to discuss issues of widows rights and benefits.     


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 Holds Interfaith Cooperation Project Training for Iraqi Students in Erbil 

 

In partnership with Al-Sumaria TV station, IF started the first training on the art of film-making and on Iraq's long history as a religiously diverse community during June. The young participants showed an eagerness to learn and deliver. The training covered both the technical aspect of documentary-making and the importance of Iraq's diverse religious heritage. IF is very pleased to share with our readers that inter-religious cooperation flourished during the training, and it was very moving to observe that even during their first interaction, participating students from different religious faiths started mingling and building friendly relations!

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IF Conducts Numerous Activities to Fight Corruption throughout Iraq! 

We are pleased to report that IF launched a variety of innovative activities as part of our efforts to promote a more transparent and accountable government in Iraq!   


Working through Integrity Monitoring Groups (IMGs)set up as part of the Provincial Accountability and Governance Project (PAG), IF supported a town hall meeting in the province of Al-Muthanna in June,  town hall meeting in Baghdad, organized a bike tour in Basra, and sponsored an art exhibition in Ninawa.    

 

In addition, IF's IMGs by sponsoring radio call-in programs throughout Iraq to update the public and provide provincial officials with the opportunity to discuss the measures they are implementing to curb corruption.For a detailed schedule of the programs, please follow the link below. View monthly radio program schedule... 

  



IF Begins Second Training Cycle to Empower Iraqi Widows in all Training Centers! 

As part of our on-going efforts to assist and empower Iraqi widows throughout the country, IF began the  project's 2nd  training cycle in all 7 centers as part of the Empowering Iraqi Widows to Thrive (EIWT) project.  

 

Educational training began between the last week of May and first week of June, covering democracy education and women's rights, life skills, and family health and wellbeing.  IF also began delivering  vocational training that varied from center to the other according to the needs of the widows.  The vocational training included computer skills, hairdressing, and traditional sewing.    

 

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In addition, we are thrilled to share the following successes and achievements of the EIWT Widows. Three widows from the Maysan province were recently awarded grants from the Red Cross / Red Crescent in order to start small businesses!   

   

 

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Through the health and hygiene training which IF provided, local doctors and health officials learned that a viral infection had developed in the community thanks to information provided by IF's participants.

 

 

 

 

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IF also arranged a successful meeting of Iraqi widows key politicians from Iraq's governing body, the Council of Representatives to discuss the dire situation facing many widows in Iraq and advocate for increased widows benefits.  IF views this interaction as a significant success and demonstration of Iraqi widow's emerging civic engagement!

 

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In This Issue
IF Holds Interfaith Cooperation Project Training for Iraqi Students in Erbil
IF Conducts Numerous Activities to Fight Corruption throughout Iraq!
IF Begins Second Training Cycle to Empower Iraqi Widows in all Training Centers!
IF Launches Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP) Website!
IF Publishes First Report on the Iraqi Government's Ability to Safeguard Civil Liberties
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IF Launches Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP)Arabic Website: 
pedponline.org! 

 

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IF Publishes First Report on the Iraqi Government's Ability to Safeguard Civil Liberties


IF produced the first report assessing the Iraqi government's transparency and accountability as well as its ability to safeguard the full spectrum of civil and political liberties. A diverse group of Iraqi experts and activists pooled their talents to undertake a first-of-its-kind assessment to examine several key spheres of governance. The locally-based group of civic leaders representing the fields of law, human rights, press freedom, women's rights, and other areas of civic life, identified three fundamental areas to assess: political parties, parliament and press freedom.

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