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A Change in Perspective Activities for August 2008
In This Issue
  • IF Launches New Project!
  • IF Conducts Human Rights Advocacy Coalition Building Meeting
  • IF holds Opening Ceremony for Women's Empowerment Project
  • Dear Friends,

    In this issue, we would like to highlight some of the Iraq Foundation's (IF) recent accomplishments and activities.

    We are pleased to announce the successful launch of the Maysan NGO Capacity Building project, which started this August and will strengthen civil society throughout the Maysan governorate. In addition to this exciting new project, IF held a coalition building conference in Baghdad as part of the Human Rights Advocacy Initiative project. We also held an opening ceremony for the first round of training in Baghdad for our recently launched Women's Empowerment Project (WEP).

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

    Sincerely,

    Joseph Sandor
    Communication Officer
    Iraq Foundation


    IF Launches New Project!

    The Iraq Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new project designed to strengthen the effectiveness of Iraqi civil society in the Maysan governorate. The aim of the Maysan NGOs Capacity Building (MNCB) project is to promote the growth and effectiveness of civil society organizations in the Maysan province so they can ensure that the interests of citizens are weighed by public institutions that make policy and allocate resources. To achieve this goal, the Foundation will conduct workshops in Northern and Southern Iraq to train preselected, independent NGOs from throughout the Maysan governorate, increasing institute capacity and improving the NGOs' capacity to implement projects effectively.

    IF Conducts Human Rights Advocacy Coalition Building Meeting

    IF conducted a coalition building meeting for Human Rights Advocacy Initiative (HRAI) coalition members on August 28, 2008. During the meeting, participants discussed the project's goals and objectives as well as the project's future strategies. The human rights coalition is a network of Iraqi human rights NGOs committed to holding the Iraqi government accountable for the state of Iraqis' civil and political liberties. The coalition members meet quarterly to coordinate advocacy campaigns and reports. After each meetings, coalition members approach their key contacts in government, at the governorate, parliamentary and ministerial levels with agreed upon advocacy messages and tailored recommendations on how each government official can help to advance a particular human rights cause.

    IF holds Opening Ceremony for Women's Empowerment Project

    IF hosted an opening ceremony as part of the Women's Empowerment Project (WEP) at the Al-Mustansiriya training institute in Rasafa, Baghdad on August 18th. The ceremony was held to commemorate the start of the first round of trainings for disadvantaged Iraqi widows. In addition to reporters and Iraqi widows, IF staff was joined by Ms. Samira Al-Mousawi, MP and Chair of the Women, Family and Child Committee, and Mr. Mohammed Al-Ruba'i, Head of Karada Municipal Council. Following the ceremony, the widows made positive remarks on the opportunities that the training will provide them.

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