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May 2010 Activities, Issue 46
Dear Friends,

It gives us great pleasure to announce the successful conclusion of the Widows Empowerment Project (WEP)!  The project's final graduation was held on May 12th.  Since 2008, IF has trained and empowered 470 Iraqi widows from Baghdad and Basra by providing a host of services including job skills training, literacy and civic education classes, mentoring and job placement assistance. 

Promoting good governance throughout Iraq's provinces, IF held two workshops for civil society leaders in May as part of our Provincial Accountability and Governance project (PAG). 

While en route to Iraq to oversee IF's activities, Executive Director Rend Al-Rahim spoke at the University of Oslo's conference on Iraq's recent election this month.

In addition to all these exciting activities, IF's HRAI team also produced its 17th newsletter during this period, which reports on HRAI coalition activities and the human rights situation in Iraq. IF is still taking applications for Iraqi youth interested in attending our Civic Youth Camp. If you know any Iraqi youth that would benefit from leadership and civic education training, please encourage them to apply today!

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


Joseph Sandor
Communication Officer
Iraq Foundation

IF Successfully Concludes Widows Empowerment Project!
As part of the Widows Empowerment Project (WEP), IF held the final graduation ceremony to honor the remaining 100 Iraqi widows from the third and fourth training cycles in Baghdad on May 12, 2010.  This ceremony concluded IF's 2 year project to empower Iraqi widows in Baghdad and Basra.  Since 2008, IF has trained and empowered 470 Iraqi widows from Baghdad and Basra by providing a host of services including job skills training, literacy and civic education classes, mentoring and job placement assistance.

In celebration of the conclusion of the 3rd and 4th training cycles in Baghdad, participating widows received certificates and small gifts to commemorate this accomplishment. IF used this occasion to highlight conditions facing the widows and the urgent need for assistance and training programs.

The ceremony was covered by a variety of media outlets and newspapers and publicized throughout the country and region. In addition to the widows and their families, Iraqi ministry officials, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Human Rights, Baghdad Council, and the US Embassy attended the event.

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IF Holds 2 Anti Corruption Workshops in Beirut!

IF successfully held two workshops in May as part of the Provincial Accountability and Governance Project (PAG).  The Training of Trainers (TOT) workshops, held in Beirut in collaboration with the Lebanese Transparency Associations (LTA), provided civic leaders and local government officials from 15 Iraqi provinces with a comprehensive toolkit of anti-corruption indicators, monitoring methodologies, and civic organizing techniques to enable them to break down and simplify the legal and formal aspects of accountability into achievable operational components and practices, and thus provide a detailed, practical "how to" of steps to bring about change toward greater transparency.  The first workshop included local civic leaders and government officials from Baghdad, Mousel, and Kirkuk provinces was held from May 25 through May 28.  The second workshop included participants from the Babil, Wasit, Salah Al-Din, and Al-Qadisiyyah provinces and was held from the May 29 through June 1.

In total, four workshops, including representatives from Iraq's provinces, will be held from May to June. 

Learn more and view photos...

IF Takes Applications for Youth Camp!
IF is still accepting applications for our up-coming Youth Camp 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 achieve this goal, we are partnering with the American University of Iraq, Suleymanieh, to create an intensive 5-day youth camp for talented, civic minded students from universities throughout Iraq.  In total, IF will train 100 students per year for three consecutive years in four groups of 25.  If you or someone you know is interested, please follow the link below to apply.

Apply for Post Election Democracy Project Youth Camp!

In This Issue
IF Successfully Concludes Widows Empowerment Project!
IF Holds 2 Anti Corruption Workshops in Beirut
Executive Director Speaks at Oslo University
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HRAI Newsletter

Executive Director Speaks at Oslo University on the Next Iraqi Government

IF's Executive Director Rend Al-Rahim participated in a conference sponsored by the Gulf Research Unit at the University of Oslo on May 10. 2010.  Sharing her expertise on Iraqi politics and the recent election, Ms. Al-Rahim spoke on a range of important topics, including government coalitions and regional consequences as well as the future prospects for the Iraqi democracy.

Learn more about the event...

HRAI Newsletter
IF Publishes 17th Human Rights Newsletter!
The Human Rights Advocacy Initiative (HRAI) published its seventeenth newsletter in May  2010.  The newsletter combines the reports of three to four coalition members on various types of human rights violations across Iraq. It also reports on the HRAI and the coalition's networking and advocacy activities.
Published in Arabic, HRAI's monthly newsletters are available on our website.

Read Newsletter (May 2010 / PDF Arabic)

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