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News from the Iraq Foundation

September 2011 Activities, Issue  61       

Dear Friends,

September has been an extremely busy and productive month for the Iraq Foundation.  We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new project, Women for Equitable Legislation, which aims to enhance the rights of women throughout Iraq! In addition to this exciting new project, IF was awarded a six month extension of our successful Provincial Accountability and Governance (PAG) project to continue our work fighting the epidemic of corruption in the provinces and promoting transparent, reliable, and accountable local government.

We are also pleased to report that the 15 documentary films, created by teams of diverse Iraqi youth as part of IF's Interfaith Cooperation Project, have been edited and uploaded to Facebook and YouTube!  Each film is approximately 30 minutes long and covers the history of religious diversity in an Iraqi province.  Film screenings are set to begin in October throughout Iraq, but you can watch them today by visiting IF's YouTube channel or Facebook page.

Working to empower disadvantaged widows, IF has launched the third training cycle in several training centers throughout Iraq in September as part of the Empowering Iraqi Widows to Thrive project.  In addition, IF held graduation ceremonies for the 280 widows, who recently completed the project's second cycle.

As part of our Post Election Democracy Project, IF staff facilitated a meeting of civic leaders in Baghdad  to plan for the second "Democratization in Iraq" report scheduled to be published in March 2012!  We would also like to announce we are accepting applications for small grant projects from Iraqi youth as part of this project.  The deadline to apply is November 15, 2011!  Iraqi youth are encouraged to learn more about this exciting opportunity and apply today!

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

Sincerely,

Rend Al-Rahim
Executive Director
Iraq Foundation


IF Launches New Project to Protect Women's Rights

logo 150 x 150IF is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new project geared at enhancing the rights of women in Iraq.  The goal of the Women for Equitable Legislation (WEL) project is to reinforce the framework of women's rights by promoting and facilitating stronger and more effective legislation aimed at protecting those rights enshrined in the constitution and in line with international human rights standards.  IF was awarded this grant by the US Department of State Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues  to strengthen Iraqi laws to protect women's rights.

We look forward to updating our friends and supporters as we work with Iraqi legislators and other stakeholders to introduce legal reforms that address gaps in existing legislation, and raise public awareness and public support for required legal action.

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Youth Documentary Films Promote Religious Tolerance and Interfaith Cooperation!

Hatharat Trobha Jdran Samiytah (The Trobha Civilization's Silent Walls) Produced by Kirkuk Team

Hatharat Trobha Jdran Samiytah (The Trobha Civilization's Silent Walls) Produced by Kirkuk Team

 IF is pleased to report that during September 15  teams of Iraqi youth finished their documentary films on Iraqi religious sites!  To view the documentaries visit IF's YouTube channel or on the ICP project's Facebook group.

IF also began coordinating with the 15 teams to hold film screenings throughout the provinces in Iraq.   A timetable has been agreed on and the screening will start in early October 2011. IF's selection committee is currently evaluating the documentaries to select the five winners, whose documentaries will be edited and broadcast on Al-Sumaria TV in Iraq!  

 

IF Wins 6 month Extension for the Provincial Accountability and Governance Project! 


logo 150 x 150IF is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a six-month project extension for the Provincial Accountability and Governance project in September!  During the next six months, IFwill continue to conduct town hall meetings, radio programs as well as facilitate the project's 15 Integrity Monitoring Groups (IMGs) in order to fight corruption and promote a more transparent, accountable Iraqi government.

In addition to winning the extension, IF also conducted 12 Town Hall meetings throughout Iraq's provinces and continued broadcasting television spots.
View the updated schedule of Town Hall meetings...

 

IF Empowers Iraqi Widows!

logo 150 x 150The Iraq Foundation (IF) successfully accomplished the 2nd training cycle during the month of September and held graduation ceremonies to honor the widows' achievements in Maysan and Chabaysh, Dhi Qar. These ceremonies received high attention from the local government councils, selected figures from the Council of Representative (CoR), tribal and civil leaders and were well covered by the local and national media.

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In addition, IF began the project's 3rd  training cycle in 4 centers, which include two centers in Basra province (Shat Al Arab and Al Madina), one center in Maysan province and one center in Dhi Qar province (Chibayish). The 3rd cycle started in 4 centers between the 2nd week and 3rd week of September.  The training program combines valuable life skills and empowerment training, democracy and rights education as well as a vocational training component for select widows.  The remaining three training centers will begin the 3rd cycle during the month of October.  
Learn More about Activities in September...
  

 

IF Holds 8th Civil Society Leaders Meeting! 

PEDP Civic Leaders MeetingOn September 29, IF held the eighth civil society leaders meeting in Baghdad as part of the Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP).  The meeting focused on the planning and drafting of the second "Democratization in Iraq" report scheduled to be published n March 2012.  16 civil society leaders, including 4 new civic leaders, attended the meeting in IF-Baghdad Office.  The follow-on report will cover the following four areas:  Freedom of expression, political parties, the Council of Representatives, as well as an additional area of focus covering the freedom of assembly and peaceful demonstration, which was not covered in the group's first report.  The follow-on report will cover the period of February 2010 to March 2011. In addition, IF recorded a series of three TV programs where civic leaders, government officials and other stakeholders discussed the findings and recommendations of the first report.  The TV programs will be broadcast in October 2011 on Al-Furat TV.

Learn more about the meeting... 

IF also continued implementing the second cycle of small grants aimed at helping young Iraqis bring to life their vision of community action.Applications for the third cycle are being accepted now. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2011.Iraqi youth are encouraged to learn more and apply today!

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In This Issue

IF Launches New Project to Protect Women's Rights

Youth Documentary Films Promote Religious Tolerance and Interfaith Cooperation

IF Wins 6 month Extension for the Provincial Accountability and Governance Project

Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP) Website!

Civil Society Leaders Report Assessing the Iraqi Government's Transparency

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IF Launches Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP) Arabic Website:
pedponline.org! 
 
Visit the Website...

 


The "Democratization in Iraq" Report 2009-2010.
  
Read  the first report published by IF's Civic Leaders as part of the Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP) assessing the Iraqi government's transparency and accountability as well as its ability to safeguard the full spectrum of civil and political liberties.     

Download the Report (Arabic / PDF)... 

 

 

 

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