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April-June 2012 Activities, Issue 68 - 70    
Dear Friends,

IF is thrilled to share many the wonderful successes and accomplishments of April-June 2012!

 

On June 9-11, 2012, IF held the Regional Meeting in Amman, Jordan for Women Parliamentarians from the MENA region as part of the Post-Election Democracy Project (PEDP). This meeting was held in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and supported by the UN. This meeting was highly successful with over 35 participants attending to share best practices and personal experiences! 
 
In other PEDP-related news, IF held the first session of the 3rd annual "Youth Civics Camp" from June 24-28. Students were trained on a variety of topics including human rights and constitutional subjects! Students also continued implementing their small grants activities during this period. Additionally, IF launched a youth video competition during this period to bolster Iraqi youth's understanding of civic and democratic processes, and their leadership across sectarian lines to resolve community and national level disputes peacefully. The deadline for submission is August 25, 2012!

From April - June, IF continued to assist participants in the Interfaith Cooperation Project (ICP) to participate in international film festivals and screen their documentaries around Iraq!

 

On April 26, IF held a press conference for the release of the final report for the Provincial Accountability and Governance (PAG) project with over 200 persons in attendance! Many speakers discussed the success of the project and the hard work of the Iraq Foundation on its implementation. 

 

As part of IF's Women for Equitable Legislation (WEL) project, IF held a two-part bill drafting workshop in April to examine the impact of Iraqi laws on women! In this same month, IF also held the third roundtable meeting in Erbil. During this meeting, the task force agreed on a number of legal actions to held implement women's rights in Iraq! 
 
IF's Empowering Iraqi Widows to Thrive (EIWT) project was extremely successful during this period with the closeout of the 4th cycle and beginning of an extension in two centers! EIWT widows participated in a number of exciting events during this period, including Orphans Day in Baghdad!
As always, please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about our projects or activities!

With best wishes,

Tara Dewan-Czarnecki 
Communications Officer
Iraq Foundation 

 

On June 9-11, 2012, IF held the Regional Meeting of Women Parliamentarians from the MENA Region in Amman, Jordan in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and supported by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. This meeting was held as part of the Post-Election Democracy Project (PEDP). 

 

Participants from throughout the region discussed methods for strengthening women's political participation by sharing their personal and professional experiences, knowledge, political achievements, and best practices. At the end of the conference, participants agreed upon a 15-point set of recommendations on the topics discussed above and on future needs of women MPs, including the establishment of a cross-regional network.  

 

A total of 36 participants attended the meeting including Iraqi and regional MPs, international experts, IF Staff, and WWICS Staff.   

 

 



 

 

This month, IF held the first session of the third "Youth Civics Camp" in partnership with the American University of Iraq in Suleimaniyya (AUI/S) from June 24-28. Dr. Barham Salih, former Prime Minister of the Kurdish Regional Government, Co-Founder of AUI/S and Board Member of the Iraq Foundation, visited the camp this month. This camp was held as part of the activities of the Post-Election Democracy Project (PEDP). 

 

The training curricula of this year's camp included: human rights, citizenship, constitutional education, film editing, documentary film production, social networking, and democracy and civic society education. The camp included social activities to build friendships between the participants in the youth camps and the AUI-S students. Activities included a football match and play. 

 

The camps included screenings for documentaries that are produced from some participants in the youth camps, who are also members of the documentary production teams of the ongoing Interfaith Cooperation Project (ICP). The camps were well covered by Iraqi media outlets.   

 



 

From April - June, IF continued to assist qualified participants in the Interfaith Cooperation Project (ICP) to participate in international film festivals as film producers. The ICP Mosul team was accepted as participants at the Malmo Film Festival, to be held in June. This month, ICP teams continued using the ICP Facebook Page to exchange comments and suggestions.

 

IF has also worked to screen winning documentary films at a number of art institutes and universities around Iraq. Descriptions of the April screenings can be found here. Additional pictures and descriptions of screenings that took place from April-June can be found here.

 

Ms. Al-Assadi presenting an award to the Governor of Baghdad.

  

On April 26, IF held a press conference for the release of the final report of the Provincial Accountability & Governance (PAG) project. Over 200 persons were in attendance, including major media outlets.

 

The conference began at 10 AM with a brief introduction by Ms. Suhaila Al-Assadi, PAG Program Manager. Ms. Al-Assadi discussed the significant cooperation of government institutions with the Iraq Foundation as a key component of the 3-year program. She specifically offered thanks to those that contributed to the project particularly, participating organizations, members of the 15 Integrity Monitoring Groups (IMGs) in each province, and the Commission on Integrity, which provided assistance in developing a training curriculum and provided trainings to IMG members on the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and attending key program activities. She also congratulated Ms. Rend AlRahim, Ms. Selwa Gailani and all IF staff on the success of the project.

  

A number of government officials and members of the IMGs spoke about the success of the project and their specific role. At the conclusion of the meeting, Ms. Al-Assadi presented a number of individuals to express the gratitude of the Iraq Foundation for their cooperation and participation in the project.   

Youth Continue Small Grants Activities in their Provinces!

As part of IF's Post-Election Democracy Project (PEDP), grantees in Dahouk and Baghdad implemented grassroots initiatives from April - June. 

     
In April and May, Mr. Salah Mohammed (grantee of The Clean Environment in the Schools Project) continued revitalizing and conducting environmental educational campaigns in schools of Dahouk Province. 

On April 1, 2012, The  Soccer Tournament for Amity and Friendship Project held the final match between the Iraq Future team and Iraq for All team in Al-Obaidi area/ Baghdad.  The two teams played the match with spirit of peace, brotherhood and affinity. The match was attended by the grantee Mr. Ali Hassan Dakhel.

 


IF Invites Youth to Enter Youth Video Competition!

As part of IF's Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP), IF aims to bolster Iraqi youth's understanding of civic and democratic processes, and their leadership across sectarian lines to resolve community and national level disputes peacefully. To help achieve this goal, IF is sponsoring a video competition on overcoming sectarianism. The deadline to apply for the competition is August 25, 2012.

IF Announces Video Competition for Iraqi Youths: Deadline August 10, 2012
IF Announces Video Competition for Iraqi Youths: Deadline August 25, 2012

 


IF Holds Bill Drafting Workshop to Examine Impact of Iraqi Laws on Women

In April, IF held a two-part bill drafting workshop to examine the impact of Iraqi laws on women as part of the Women for Equitable Legislation (WEL) project.

 

 

On April 7 2012, IF held the first part of the WEL bill drafting training in Baghdad. This "Policy Analysis" meeting aimed at looking at the impact of laws and their social, economic, financial, and political repercussions. The meeting was attended by 32 persons. 

 

The second part of the bill drafting training took place in Erbil on April 28th & 29th. This technical part was provided by a variety of experts including head and members of the Kurdistan Shura Council, members and staff of the COR legal committee, and members of the judiciary as well as professors who provided lectures on the technical language. 

 

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On April 30 2012, IF held the third roundtable meeting in Erbil as part of the Women for Equitable Legislation (WEL) project. At this meeting, the WEL taskforce agreed on a series of legislative actions aimed at protecting women's rights, which include calls to repeal existing laws, suggestions to enforce existing laws or drafting new legislation that helps implement women rights.

 

The goal of these roundtable meetings is to examine major areas where gaps exist in Iraqi legislation relative to the constitution and internationally accepted human rights law as well as explore how these gaps impact women and society as a whole and assess progress that has been made to date.

 

 

 

Learn More about WEL...

IF Successfully Closes Out Cycle 4 of EIWT!

Between April and June, IF completed the 4th Cycle in the following centers as part of the Empowering Iraqi Widows to Thrive (EIWT) project: Maysan and Dhi Qar's Fuhood center (April), Baghdad's two centers, Karkh & Risafa and Basra's center, Zubair, (May), and Hamdania center, Mosul and Basra's center, Qurna (June). IF also started an extension in Baghdad's two centers, Karkh & Risafa, in June.

 

During this period, IF enabled the participation of EIWT widows in a number of exciting events. On April 16, 2012, IF arranged and in coordination with women and childhood committee in Risafa district council for EIWT widows to participate in the "Orphans Day" activity to sell some of their products. The widows' products received high attention from the attendees and our widows were able to sell all their goods (pictured below). Also in April, IF facilitated the delivery of the Tetanus vaccine to all 40 widows in Al Qurna center, nearly half of whom did not have the vaccine previously.

 

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IF would like to share the success of EIWT widow Hasna Usman, an excellent seamstress who has coached other widows. After expressing her intention to start working as a civil activist, she gained the opportunity to work closely with the Ezidy Solidarity Correlation to improve the lives of children suffering from autism and other disabilities. She was also able to find a job with an International organization "Bridge" with a starting monthly salary of $500. 

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In This Issue
IF Holds Regional Meeting in Amman, Jordan for Women Parliamentarians!
IF Holds First Session of Third Annual Youth Civics Camp!
ICP Documentaries Screened at Iraqi Universities and Institutions
IF Holds Press Conference for the Release of the PAG Report!
Youth Continue Small Grants Activities in their Provinces!
IF Invites Youth to Enter Youth Video Competition!
IF Holds Bill Drafting Workshop to Examine Impact of Iraqi Laws on Women
IF Holds 3rd WEL Roundtable Meeting to Identify Gaps in Iraqi Legislation
IF Successfully Closes Our Cycle 4 of EIWT!
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Special Announcement: Dr. Azzam Alwash: Lessons from Iraq's Beautiful Marshes
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The 10th Anniversary of the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program
The 10th Anniversary of the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program

IF encourages applications to the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program of the National Endowment for Democracy. For more information, please visit NED's website. The program will host two five-month fellowship sessions in 2013-2014: Fall 2013 (October 1, 2013-February 28, 2014), and Spring 2014 (March 1-July 31, 2014). The deadline for submission is October 15.
Special Announcement:
Azzam Alwash: Lessons from Iraq's beautiful marshes
Azzam Alwash: Lessons from Iraq's beautiful marshes

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.

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