Empowering Returnee Women (ERW)

Awarded: January 2017
Scheduled Completion: October 2017

The Iraq Foundation has received a grant from the German government to empower Female Head of Households (FHH) and other women in recently liberated areas from Da’esh (ISIS) in Nenawa, Salaheddin, and Anbar. IF will cultivate stabilization in these areas by building the capacity of these women to be leaders in their communities. IF will coordinate with IOM while implementing in 5 liberated areas in the aforementioned provinces.

As more Iraqis return to regions recently liberated from the grip of Da’esh, rebuilding these war-torn areas will require women taking on a larger role in their communities. Through training FHHs as community ambassadors and providing them with tools (including technology) and mechanisms to present the needs of their communities to relevant authorities, the women will not only be able to improve the wellbeing of other women in their area, but they will also create new gender norms for women in Iraq and contribute to the stabilization of their country as it rebuilds from war.