This Quarter @ The Foundation
Summer: July - September Activities, Issue 79

Dear Friends,
 
IF is excited to share our successes and accomplishments covering activities from July - September 2013. 
 
IF is pleased to begin collaborating with Meridian International Center as they implement  the 2014 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for Undergraduate Students! This program will provide Iraqi undergraduate students the opportunity to spend five weeks studying at a U.S. University in the summer of 2014! 
 

IF has officially launched the application for the UN-Women Parliamentary Internship Project (PIP). The deadline for applications is November 23. The project will provide 12 young women leaders from all over Iraq with the skills and knowledge needed to become future leaders, active in Iraqi society and political life. The interns will have the opportunity to support 12 women members of Parliament and work with them for four months!

 

In August, IF launched our new Hewar Initiative to Enhance Judicial Outreach and Transparency! Read more below! 

 

As part of our Widows Initiative for Economic Sustainability (WIES) project, IF staff members and partner NGOs representatives delivered a number of trainings to semi-literate and literate women in five provinces including job skills training with ultimately 29 women accepting job offers from July - September!

 

As part of the Post Election Democracy Project project (PEDP), IF held two successful consultative meetings for civic leaders at IF-Baghdad Office covering progress on the latest in the series of  Democratization Reports. IF and civic leaders also distributed over 1,000 copies of the second Democratization Report!  

 

As part of the Peaceful Empowerment, Advocacy and Cooperation to End violence (PEACE), IF formed one local coalition in each of the five provinces! Coalitions are now drafting the national charter!

 

IF conducted the 5th roundtable discussion as part of Women for Equitable Legislation (WEL). The discussion aimed at presenting the suggested reforms and their impact on women's rights. 


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 Honors Staff Members!  
 
The Iraq Foundation would like to honor the hard work and dedication of the following staff members for their efforts on the successful work of the Women for Equitable Legislation (WEL) Project: Ms. Suhaila Al-Assadi, Ms. Amna Al-Katib and Mr. Humam Rajab (pictured below). 

 
Due to their efforts, the legislative amendments and interventions that the WEL project has been working on to improve women's rights in Iraq have been approved by the Ministry of State for Women's Affairs and have been submitted to the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, where they await consideration by the Cabinet. Through the persevering efforts of our WEL staff the legislative amendments have also been endorsed by members or parliament, in several cases exceeding the required number in the constitution, and have been submitted to the Office of the Speaker for consideration by the Council of Representatives.

We would also like to thank the members of the Iraqi COR and the senior Ministerial officials who have supported the goals and the work of the WEL project. We also wish to thank our group of dedicated partner NGOs, numerous judges, academics, and activists who have contributed to the success of the project and to bringing it to the attention of decision-makers.

Our sincere thanks to our staff and to all our partners and collaborators!

 

  

The Iraq Foundation is currently implementing the UN - Women Parliamentary Internship Project (PIP). 12 young women leaders from Baghdad and the provinces who will provide support for 12 women members of Parliament engaged in women's issues. 

 

The project will provide 12 young women leaders from all over Iraq with the skills and knowledge needed to become future leaders, active in Iraqi society and political life. The interns will support women Parliamentarians for 4 months and contribute research, meeting briefings and legislative review, especially on issues related to women's rights. The Project has a pre-determined timeline, output, and outcome. The deadline to apply is November 23, 2013. Application is available here 

 

IF Launches *NEW* Hewar Project!

  

In August, IF launched the new 2-year Hewar Initiative to Enhance Judicial Outreach and Transparency. Hewar (meaning "dialogue" in Arabic) will work to establish a more transparent criminal justice system in Iraq and specifically work closely with the High Judicial Council, the supreme federal judicial authority in Iraq. IFwill  connect the High Judicial Council with the media and the public to communicate their mission and educate Iraqis about their rights under the criminal justice system. 

 

We are excited to announce that we will be collaborating Meridian International Center as they implement the 2014 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for Undergraduate Students. 

 

This prestigious program is designed to provide hard-working and highly motivated Iraqi undergraduate students with an opportunity to spend five weeks studying at a U.S. University in the summer of 2014. 

 

This year's IYLEP will allow 125 students to travel to the United States to study at one of five university institutes on topics including:

  • Public Policy
  • Entrepreneurship and Community Development
  • Information Technology and Media
  • Leadership, Law, and Social Justice
  • Food Systems and Security

Program Dates: Late June - July 2014  

 

IF Provides Literacy and Job Skills Training for WIES Project!
  

 

IF and partner NGOs continued providing trainings, employment and micro credit access services for WIES participants. Trainings that took place during this period were as follows: 25 semiliterate women were trained on work-oriented Arabic literacy, 58 semiliterate women were trained on job skills,  46 literate women were trained on job skills, and 27 women were trained on business skills. 79 job opportunities were identified in different governorates and 29 women accepted job offers! 

 

 
 IF Conducts Activities as part of PEDP!
    

IF conducted a number of activities as part of the PEDP project this quarter!

 

IF held two successful consultative meetings for civic leaders at IF-Baghdad Office. Meetings covered the progress of writing the 3rd Democratization Report.

 

IF and civic leaders successfully produced, published and distributed 1,041 copies of the second Democratization Report!

 

With 51 students, the final cycle of Youth Civics Camp was held at the American University of Iraq - Sulaimani (AUIS) on July 2-4.  Following the workshop, students created 2 Facebook pages and conducted volunteer activities in their provinces. 

 

From July 5-7 IF successfully held the Demokratia Web training for 22 university teachers at AUIS. 

 

IF produced the "Lessons Learned and Case Studies Report" in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The report details the lessons learned from Iraqi Incoming Women Parliamentarians based on their experiences in the Council of Representatives since being elected in March 2010. 

 

IF in collaboration with Freedom House successfully held the 2nd Workshop for the Democracy Watchdog Group in Erbil.  This workshop entitled, "Reviewing the draft of the 3rd Democratization Report in Iraq" was held on August 19 -21.  

 

IF Forms Coalitions, Provides Legal Consultations as part of PEACE Project!
 

 

By the end of September 2013, IF and Partners NGOs in all five provinces interviewed 829 women victims of GBV in their legal clinics. During this time, women were provided with legal consultation and legal representation in courts. A total of 291  women have received support.

 

IF and partners NGOs have formed one local coalition in each of the five provinces. Each coalition, consisting 10 women and 10 men, conducted monthly meetings and worked on drafting the national charter.  

 

The Iraq Foundation's first national conference was held on September 7th and attended by 38 representatives of the five coalitions and the partner implementing organizations. The conference resulted in the drafting of a national charter with 10 recommendations to improve conditions of GBV and ultimately end violence. 

 

Read more about PEACE...

Read more about PEACE Coalitions...

Read more about PEACE Interviews...

 

 

 

IF successfully conducted the 5th roundtable discussion aimed at presenting the suggested reforms and their impact on women's rights. 55 legislators from the Iraqi council of representative and provincial councils, judges, legal experts, religious clerics, civil society members and members of media attended the roundtable. The roundtable focused on providing support for these reforms and for using the media as a tool to raise the public awareness on the importance of these reforms to attain equitable legislation for women. The roundtable was attended by IF Executive Director, Ms. Rend Al-Rahim, and chaired by Dr. Nawar Al Zubaidy, legal advisor to the ICOR.  

 

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In This Issue
IF Honors Staff Members!
Parliamentary Internship Application Deadline Extended!
IF Launches *NEW* Hewar Project!
IF begins collaboration with Meridian International Center!
IF Provides Literacy and Job Skills Training for WIES Project!
IF and Civic Leaders Produce and Publish PEDP Democratization Report!
IF Forms Coalitions, Provides Legal Consultations as part of PEACE Project!
If Conducts 5th WEL Roundtable Discussion as part of WEL project!
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