This Quarter @ The Foundation
Winter: October - December Activities, Issue 80
Dear Friends,

  

The Iraq Foundation (IF) is excited to share our successes and accomplishments covering activities from October- December 2013. 

IF has just started working on 3 new projects: TABEIR, Parliamentary Internship Project and Hewar Initiative to Enhance Judicial Outreach and Transparency!
 
As part of the Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP), IF successfully held the 11th and 12th Peer Networking Meetings of the Incoming Women Parliamentarians Program (IWPs)!

 

Also as part of PEDP, youth in Kirkuk and Kerbala carried out local campaigns to provide winter clothes for local children.

As part of the Peaceful Empowerment, Advocacy and Cooperation to End violence (PEACE), IF successfully held the second day of the First National Conference! IF and partner NGOs assisted 1,154 women victims of violence in all five provinces!

  

As part of the Widows Initiative for Economic Sustainability (WIES) The Iraq Foundation successfully concluded the work-oriented Arabic literacy training for the overall target of 249 female heads of household (FHH) through job skills training of semiliterate and literate FHH!

 

As part of Women for Equitable Legislation (WEL) MP Sofia Al Suhail submitted all WEL proposed reforms to the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives (ICOR) and the reforms were endorsed and signed by an average of 17 parliamentarians.


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


Tara Dewan-Czarnecki 
Development & Communication Coordinator
Iraq Foundation 
  

IF is excited to launch its new TABEIR initiative. Technological Advance to Bolster Freedom of Expression in Iraq (TABEIR) is a 2 year project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). TABEIR aims to promote democracy and protect freedom of expression by empowering civic actors to become agents for change.

 

IF has initiated activities for the UN-Women Parliamentary Internship Project. The project involves the design and implementation of an internship program for 12 young women and leaders from Baghdad and the provinces, who will provide support for 12 women members of parliament engaged in women's issues. 

 

To date, IF has selected the women parliamentarians and interns that will participate in the project and completed the training of interns. IF held a training for the interns on research skills and organized a meeting between interns and MPS. Interns finalized their research topics!

 

The Hewar Initiative to Enhance Judicial Outreach and Transparency was also recently launched. This two-year project, funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) seeks to establish a more transparent and responsive criminal justice system through engaging both the media and citizens to foster greater public awareness of legal rights and the role of courts and trust in judicial processes. Hewar is being implemented in Baghdad, Anbar, Mosul, Muthanna, and Diwania.

  

 

IF successfully held the 11th and 12th Peer Networking Meetings of the Incoming Women Parliamentarians Program (IWPs) on October 2, 2013 and November 24, respectively. Both meetings were held at the Constitution Hall of the Council of Representatives.

 

 The 11th meeting was headed by Ms. Rend Al-Rahim, IF-Executive Director, and attended by 4 IF-Staff and 8 women parliamentarians. The meeting discussed the draft Elections Law and the parliamentary elections of 2014. The meeting concluded with agreements on a number of suggestions to serve Women MPs on the coming elections.

 

The 12th meeting was headed by Ms. Shatha Al-Rushdi, Project Coordinator-IF Baghdad, and attended by Mr. Ahmed Hameed, Project Assistant. 7 women parliamentarians participated in the meeting. This meeting discussed the 3 following themes: the nomination for the forthcoming elections in 2014, IHEC view on the successes and failures of Iraqi Women MPs in the current parliamentarian cycle and the experiences of the re-elected Iraqi Women MPs and how the women MPs won a 2nd time. 

 

The meeting was concluded with a number of recommendations from increasing media campaigns encouragement of electronic electoral registration to increasing media campaigns on women elections.

 
 
IF successfully holds the press conference to launch the 2nd and 3rd PEDP Democratization in Iraq Reports!
 

 

On November 21, IF successfully held the press conference to launch the 2nd and 3rd Democratization in Iraq Reports!

 

75 participants attended the press conference including officials from the Cabinet, Ministry of Women Affairs, former MPs, academics, civil society activists, and the NGOs Coordination Committee for Iraq.  It was also attended by representatives from the U.S Embassy in Baghdad and the Swedish Embassy in Baghdad.

 

The event was televised and covered by 11 satellite channels. ABC news along with two other agencies even covered the press conference. 

 

See pictures from the Press Conference...

Read more about the Press Conference...

Read more about PEDP... 

 

 

In late November - early December, IF recorded 4 TV Programs at Al-Iraqia Satellite Channel.  These programs discussed the 4 chapters of each of the 2nd and 3rd Democratization in Iraq Reports. The chapters include: Political parties, CoR performance, Freedom of Assembly and Peaceful Demonstration, and Freedom of the media. 

 

 

IF released two major reports in December! The "Women Leaders in an Era of Change Report" covers the June 2013 Conference held in Amman, Jordan in collaboration the with Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

 

The "Women In The Council Of Representatives Lessons Learned and Case Studies Report" was also released and shared with Iraqi and regional women Parliamentarians and Incoming Women Parliamentarians.

 

 

 

During November and December 2013, youth in Kirkuk and Kerbala carried out local campaigns to provide winter clothes for local children.

 

Ms. Murouj Emad, participant in the Youth Civic Camps of 2013, led a group of youth in Kirkuk to help young students and the poor.  Ms. Emad and her youth group donated winter clothes to about 60 students in an elementary school located in a poor neighborhood in Kirkuk City. 

 

Another group of youth from Kerbala performed the same initiative during December and donated winter clothes to elementary school students in Al-Nasir District-Karbala City and in Najaf City.

 

 

 

IF and partner NGOs assisted 1,154 women victims of violence in all five provinces!

 

IF held the second day of the First National Conference on October 3, 2013! The conference was attended by 105 high rank government officials and civil society activists. The participants voted to approve the National Charter and joined the national task force to implement the National Charter recommendations, aiming to improve women's living conditions in Iraq.

 

The national coalition led the efforts to publish and disseminate the National Charter through local print and social media, raising awareness among local and national government decision-makers about the recommendations of the National Charter. The recommendations have been presented and discussed in conferences, seminars and media all over the country to attract stakeholders to join IF's efforts towards ending violence against women in Iraq.

 

 

IF successfully concluded the work-oriented Arabic literacy training for the overall target of 249 female heads of household (FHH) through job skills training of semiliterate and literate FHH. A total of 150 women have been trained to date.

 

Five WIES beneficiaries were placed in the apprenticeship program. 17 WIES beneficiaries will benefit from a total grant amount of 9,412,000 ID, equivalent to approximately 7,874 USD with support from AI-Mansour Bank.

 

Additionally two WIES beneficiaries received loans from AI-Rabieen Center for Growth and Development in Ninawa. A donation made by a philanthropist was utilized to buy 2 sewing machines for two WIES beneficiaries in Basra.

 

See pictures of the Arabic Literacy Training... 

 

 

During this reporting period, IF successfully concluded Women for Equitable Legislation Project's (WEL) activities. The final Press Conference was held in collaboration with Safia Al Souhail Literary and Cultural Salon on December 27th, aimed at capturing the successes of the WEL reforms submitted through multiple channels and urging elected representatives to support the bills.

 

MP Sofia Al Suhail submitted all WEL proposed reforms to the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives (ICOR). The reforms were endorsed and signed by an average of 17 parliamentarians.

 

IF successfully conducted the 2nd stage of the advocacy campaign, aimed at bringing draft laws and related issues to the attention of local community leaders and to create greater stakeholder buy-in surrounding the draft laws to be presented to Parliament. 

 

See pictures from WEL Activities... 

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In This Issue
IF Launches 3 New Projects!
IF Holds 11th and 12th PEDP Peer Networking Meeting!
IF Holds the press conference to launch the 2nd and 3rd Democratization in Iraq Reports!
IF Records 4 TV Programs as part of PEDP!
IF Releases PEDP Women Leaders Reports!
Youth carry out local campaigns for PEDP!
IF Concludes PEACE First National Conference!
Iraq Foundation Concludes WIES Work-Oriented Arabic Literacy Training!
IF Successfully Concludes WEL Project!
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