IF Holds Press Meetings for Human Rights Groups in Iraq
On June 1st, IF held a press meeting for Iraqi NGOs that support human rights. Part of our Human Rights Advocacy Initiative (HRAI), IF is endeavoring to forge a stronger link between human rights groups and the media by sponsoring regular press sessions for its HRAI network. During the first meeting, which was presided by IF's Executive Director Rend Al-Rahim, NGOs discussed their activities as part of the HRAI network and shared findings from the monthly newsletters they create and ways the press can use information generated from the HRAI project to better report on human rights in Iraq. Participants also discussed expanding the impact of HRAI and the important role of continued media involvement in additions to then pressing current issues of the proposed NGO law, which is under consideration in parliament. IF also used this opportunity to introduce the media to two Iraqi widows from IF's Widow's Empowerment Project.
IF Conducts Children's Rights Media Campaign
IF launched a television, radio, and billboard media campaign as part of our human rights
advocacy efforts on June 4, 2009. The goal of the campaign is to promote the rights
of children. The campaign will run until July 31st and feature 70 television spots and 90 radio spots in
additional to 10 billboards placed throughout Baghdad in strategic
locations.The media campaign is part of the Human Rights
Advocacy Initiative project launched in May 2008.
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IF Small Grants Awardees implement projects in Diwaniyya and Babel
IF is pleased to report that two Iraqi NGOs, which were awarded small grants of 3,000 USD each, are implementing their projects in the Diwaniyya and Babel provinces.
The Mawtini Organization in Diwaniyya implemented three radio
program on June 19. The programs aired from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on Al-Diwaniyya
radio and hosted prominent local officials such as the head of the Human Rights Ministry's office in Diwaniyya, Mr. Fadil Ali, to and discussed human rights in international conventions and in the Iraqi Constitution, CEDAW, and the human rights legal safeguards in Iraqi laws.
Center implemented two trainings for journalist in the Babel
governorate. Each trainings gathered 20 participants to discuss human
rights in Iraqi journalism and international conventions
as well as the press' role in the defense of human rights.
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IF Continues Literacy Trainings in Southern Iraq
Thanks to a grant from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), IF continued holding literacy training courses, as part of the Mdaina Education Project (MEP). The training courses, which began in May, 2009, target illiterate and semiliterate adults. The first course targets 100 illiterate adults
and focuses on teaching basic literacy and on building a solid foundation in basic math.
The second course targets 150 semiliterate adults and focuses on enhancing the participants' reading and writing abilities. Both courses will be
conducted over the period of 3 months. MEP also provides computer literacy courses as part of the project.
IF is pleased to announce that we have successfully concluded the IT training component of the MEP project during the month of June. The IT component provided advanced technical training to IT personnel in Mdaina. In the coming months, IF staff will begin training teachers and small business owners in basic computer literacy.
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Training Iraqi Widows in Baghdad and Basra
| Throughout June, the second cycle of training courses have continued in all four training locations in
Baghdad and Basra, as part of our ongoing efforts to improve the lives of Iraqi widows through the Widow's Empowerment Project (WEP). In addition, IF project staff continuing their efforts to secure
additional employment opportunities for participating widows in both the private and public
sector. IF also continued its mentoring activities, which began on May 26, for participants of the first cycle of trainings.
project, which began in May 2008, is
designed to empower widows with practical job and income generation
well as an enhanced understanding of their rights and civic
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