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March 2012 Activities, Issue 67      
Dear Friends,

IF is thrilled to share many the wonderful successes and accomplishments of March 2012!

 

IF is pleased to announce that Ms. Suhaila Al-Asady, Baghdad-based Program Manager, received an award from the Iraqi Bar Association in recognition of her professionalism and enthusiasm as a dedicated lawyer! 
 
The video documentaries, created by Iraqi youth as part of the Interfaith Cooperation Project (ICP), were aired by AlSumaria TV. AlSumaria edited and broadcast these documentaries as a pro-bono contribution to IF's work! This month, IF also created a facebook page to showcase ICP documentaries. Documentaries were also showcased in the film makers' communities through a number of IF-facilitated screenings. This experience offered the young film makers the opportunity to share their work with their community and engage in a meaningful dialogue about their films! 

IF's Provincial Accountability and Governance (PAG) project staff and partners continued to connect local community members with their representatives through holding town hall meetings in the provinces. Town hall meetings encourage grass roots advocacy through providing a forum for citizens and representatives to directly communicate! Also this month, local partners in Ninawa cooperated to publish the first and second issues of a brand-new newspaper covering corruption topics, entitled "Transparency!" 

 

As part of the Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP), grantees in Babil and Dahouk implemented grassroots initiatives to encourage peaceful coexistence in creative and effective ways! This month, IF also released the application for the 3rd Summer Youth Civics Camp: IF is looking for 100 Iraqi students from across Iraq's 18 provinces to participate in the camps which will be held  in Suleimaniya. The camp will focus on topics such as characteristics of liberal democracies, youth's role in reconciliation, and social media!

 

This month, IF worked on preparing for upcoming bill drafting workshop in early April as part of IF's Women for Equitable Legislation (WEL) project. The workshop will train participants on drafting legislation in response to Iraq's social, economic and developmental needs! The workshop will also train participants on advocacy strategies to win support for their reforms!
 
This month, IF staff succeeded in training almost double the predicted number of widows in vocational skills during the third cycle at no cost as part of our Empowering Iraqi Widows to Thrive (EIWT) project! To date, IF has connected 140 widows with the means to achieve economic independence! 
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 
Hamamaton Hatat Huna (A pigeon landed here) by Baghdad Team 1
Hamamaton Hatat Huna (A pigeon landed here) by Baghdad Team 1

 

This month, IF celebrated the broadcast of the five winning documentaries on Al-Sumaria, an Iraqi satelite channel. These documentaries were created as part of IF's Interfaith Cooperation Project (ICP).  Winning films included:The Tigris River's Agate (Akik Dijla) by Baghdad Team 2, Where Religions Meet (Multka Al-Adyan) by the Babil Team, A civilization Narrated by Silent Walls (Hadara Tarweeha Judran Samita) by the Kirkuk Team, A pigeonlanded here (Hammonton Hatat Huna) by Baghdad Team 1, and Let's Live Together (Lan'aeesh Ma'an) by the Diyala Team.

 

AlSumaria edited and broadcast these documentaries as a pro-bono contribution to IF's work! 


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As part of IF's Interfaith Cooperation Project (ICP), IF created a facebook page this month to showcase ICP videos. IF asked all 15 teams to invite civic organizations, family and friends to visit the page, view the films and comment on them. 

 

IF also assisted youth in holding screenings for community members in Baghdad, Thi Qar and Al-Muthanna provinces in the month of March. Following the screenings, youth responded to questions and comments offered by community members on their work, giving them the unique experience of sharing their work with community members.   

logo 150 x 150 During the month of March, staff continued to support efforts to bolster transparency locally as part of IF's Provincial Accountability & Governance (PAG) project. PAG staff continued to coordinate a number of town hall meetings, which offer an opportunity for government officials and citizens to interface directly and discuss issues facing the community.  Local officials, the media, and the general public attended these meetings. 

 

IF Local Partners Publish NEW Anti-Corruption Newspaper!

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Through IF's PAG project, IF has supported community initiatives to raise awareness of corruption issues in effective, innovative and unique ways. In Ninawa this month, local partners cooperated
 to publish the first and second issues of a brand-new newspaper, entitled "Transparency." The newspaper will continue to be published following the conclusion of the project and will cover topics related to transparency and anti-corruption. 

 

 

 

 

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Youth Implement Small Grants in Babil and Dahouk!    

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


In Babil, Ahmed Al-Yassiri held a workshop as part of his National Reconciliation Network Project. This project aims at promoting national reconciliation and peaceful coexistence for students from different religious and ethnic backgrounds through holding 8 educational workshops in 6 provinces.
The workshop held this month trained 25 young participants on conflict resolution, peaceful coexistence and networking. 


 
















In Dahouk this month, Mr. Salah Mohammed implemented his Clean Environment in the Schools Project in a number of local elementary schools. The project aims to promote interfaith cooperation and environmental activism among school children.  On March 7, the Mr. Mohammed implemented his project in the a number of local elementary schools. Mr. Mohammed chose 10 children from different religious backgrounds from each school to participate. He reported their enthusiasm and team work!

Also in Dahouk on March 19, Ms. Nisreen Fatah Bebu held the 6th open discussion in Khtara Cultural Center in Khtara village as part of her Multi-Sectarian Guidance Program, which aims to peacefully promote conflict resolution. The session was attended by representatives from the Kurdish Democratic Party, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the Socialist Kurdish Party, members, and political parties in Khtara village.

 




IF Invites Youth to Apply to 3rd Summer Civics Camp!

As part of IF's Post-Election Democracy Project (PEDP), IF released a Request for Applications on March 30, encouraging youth to apply for the Third Summer Civics Camp. 
IF is looking for 100 Iraqi students from across Iraq's 18 provinces to participate in the camps scheduled to run during the months of June and July 2012 at the American University of Iraq in Suleimaniya.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
During the Youth Civics Camp, students will train 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 will deal with the Iraqi constitution, the Iraqi state, film editing, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens under the constitution.

 

Youth will learn valuable leadership skills and become 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 will also address youth's role in developing an ethos of reconciliation, community based conflict resolution and cross-sectarian cooperation. The students also will gain 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.

 

IF Prepares for April Bill Drafting Workshop!

 

During the month of March, IF worked on preparing for upcoming bill drafting workshop in early April as part of IF's Women for Equitable Legislation (WEL) project. The workshop will train participants on drafting legislation to respond to the specific needs of Iraqi society and within the Iraqi constitutional framework. The workshop will also train participants on advocacy strategies to win support for their reforms in Parliament. 

 

Throughout the month, WEL staff conducted preparatory meetings for the workshop with the Her Excellency Ibthal Kasid Al Zaidy, the Minister of Women, and  Judge Salim Rawdan, Member, Higher Judicial Council. Meetings were chaired by IF's Executive Director, Ms. Rend AlRahim. Other preparations for bill drafting workshops were carried out in coordination with Judge Rawdan and included activities such as: identifying trainers and participants, preparing a draft agenda according to the suggestions of trainers, gathering instructional material from the trainers, and sending invitations, the agenda and any other related materials for the workshop to the participants.

 

IF continue to perform follow up on the roundtable meetings and Judge Radwan will coordinate with the legal experts, who will provide their research in their area of expertise.

 

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IF Celebrates Cycle 3 Successes, Launches Cycle 4!

 

IF is pleased to announce that EIWT project staff succeeded in training almost double the predicted number of widows in vocational skills during the third cycle at no cost! While IF planned to train 60 widows, staff and local partners succeeded in training 118 after receiving 58 additional requests from other widows to participate in the vocational training.  

 

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EIWT mentoring continued throughout the training centers. Notably, IF, in collaboration with local NGO partner in Maysan, arranged mentoring sessions for the widows with the Maysan Governor as well as a representative from the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) and Head of the Al Boa'sa'a NGO.

 

IF looks forward to repeating these successes during the fourth cycle, launched this month in six training centers in Baghdad, Basra, Maysan, and Dhi Qar! 

 

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In This Issue
AlSumaria Channel Broadcasts 5 Winning Documentaries!
ICP Youth Films Showcased Online & in the Community!
IF Connects Citizens with their Representatives!
IF Local Partners Publish NEW Anti-Corruption Newspaper!
Youth Implement Small Grants in Babil and Dahouk!
IF Invites Youth to Apply to 3rd Summer Civics Camp!
IF Prepares for April Bill Drafting Workshop!
IF Celebrates EIWT Cycle 3 Successes, Launches Cycle 4!
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Featured Article:
IF Program Staff Member Receives Award!

IF is pleased to announce that during the month of march, Ms. Suhaila Al-Asady, IF's Baghdad-based Program Manager, was awarded the distinguished woman medal from the Iraqi Bar Association medal for her professionalism and enthusiasm as a dedicated lawyer.

 

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