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Dear Friends,

In light of the recent violence in Iraq, IF has begun a fundraiser in support of internally displaced persons (IDPs). To date, IF has raised $7425 and we hope you will generously support this effort. IF-raised funds have provided food, water and children’s health supplies to IDP communities in Bartalla (Ninawa province) in acute need of water, shelter, and health provisions. If you would like to support IDPs, please donate here and indicate that your donation is for IDPs in the comment box. All funds directly benefit IDPs.

Widows Initiative for Economic Sustainability
WIES is funded by the US Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. WIES aims to economically empowering over 560 female heads of household (FHHs) in Iraq by building skills, promoting entrepreneurship, and connecting them with employment opportunities.

IF, in cooperation with its partner Al-Firdaws, held a charitable networking market on August 14, 2014, at Basra Central Library. The event sought to link them with opportunities. The event was attended by Basra provincial council members, civil society representatives, and representatives from private sector businesses. The event was also attended by local and national media, and the beneficiaries had the chance to talk about their experience with IF and the WIES initiative.

Technological Advance to Bolster Freedom of Expression in Iraq (TABEIR)

TABEIR, meaning “expression” in Arabic, is funded by the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA). TABEIR works to  provide greater strength and stimulus to efforts in Iraq to change the dynamics surrounding freedom of expression (FOE) and to protect and expand FOE in all forms. TABEIR targets journalists, citizen journalists, activists and NGOs in Iraq.

Iraq Foundation’s partner NGOs successfully implemented 11 trainings  during the months of  August in the provinces of Baghdad, Kut, Missan, Babil, Erbil,Diyala and Basrah. The NGOs utilized training centers in their regions and offered training courses to NGOs, local journalists, and citizen journalists. The total number of beneficiaries since the start of the project is 674.

Hewar Initiative to Enhance Judicial Outreach and Transparency

Hewar, meaning “dialogue” in Arabic, aims 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 funded by the US Department of State: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

IF, in partnership with Strategic Communication Consultancy (S2C), successfully held the Second Media Follow up Workshop for the High Judicial Council (HJC) in Beirut, Lebanon. Lasting from August 24-28, the workshop was attended by high-level members of the HJC headed by Chief Justice His Excellency Judge Medhat al Mahmood. The workshop focused on how communication can help the HJC accomplish its mission. Chief Justice Judge Medhat Al-Mahmoud presented a speech praising HEWAR’s efforts in raising the citizens awareness with their legal rights.

Peaceful Empowerment, Advocacy and Cooperation to End violence (PEACE)

PEACE is funded by the US Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. PEACE seeks to promote peace and end violence through supporting a women-led advocacy and action coalition.

IF and the members of the National Coalition managed the publication and dissemination of the National Charter through various media outlets to raise awareness of its content amongst local and national government officials.  In addition, the Task Force held 2 hearing sessions in Baghdad for women affected by violence. Finally, NGOs in Baghdad, Babil, and Daiyla allocated enough resources to continue their legal clinics supporting victimized women at no cost until December 31, 2014.

IF wishes this Eid will bring peace and security to Iraq and all of its people.
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Thank you,
Tara Dewan-Czarnecki

Development and Communication Coordinator

Iraq Foundation

In recent months, the Iraq Foundation (IF) and the National Coalition members in the five provinces continued the efforts to publish and disseminate the National Charter through local print and social media to raise awareness among local and national government decision-makers about its recommendation/terms. The recommendations have been presented and discussed in conferences, seminars, radio and TV programs, all over the country to attract more stakeholders to join Iraq Foundation efforts to towards ending violence against women in Iraq.

IF and the members of the National Coalition managed the publication and dissemination of the National Charter through various media outlets to raise awareness of its content amongst local and national government officials.  In addition, the Task Force held 2 hearing sessions in Baghdad for women affected by violence. Finally, NGOs in Baghdad, Babil, and Daiyla allocated enough resources to continue their legal clinics supporting victimized women at no cost until December 31, 2014.

Iraq Foundation’s partner NGOs successfully implemented 11 trainings during the months of  August in the provinces of Baghdad, Kut, Missan, Babil, Erbil,Diyala and Basrah. The NGOs utilized training centers in their regions and offered training courses to NGOs, local journalists, and citizen journalists. By the end of August, the total number of beneficiaries had climbed to 277 citizen journalists and NGO members across Iraq. The total number of beneficiaries since the start of the project is 674.

These courses were offered by the partner NGOs free of charge, but all participants completed an application and went through a vetting process to ensure that those who are trained will use the training for the protection of FOE.

The in-country training aimed at utilizing new media and technology as a fundamental tool in changing the way the media works and how information is obtained and produced.

The training focused on technological tools; use of social media for impact; and improved visual narratives timely and effective use of advanced media tools for documentation, including use of digital equipment, mobiles phones,  messaging, and location-aware services; 2) internationally accepted standards of documentation; 3) visual story-telling techniques; 4) use of social media for information dissemination and reporting, including twitter; 5) secure reporting tools and techniques; 6) combining documentation and ICT techniques for effective advocacy for FOE.

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The Iraq Foundation (IF) successfully accomplished the 2nd training cycle 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.

We are pleased to report that, IF participated in “Supporting and Defending the Rights of Widows in Iraq” conference, hosted by Relief International and under the auspices of the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives.

IF began the project’s 3rd   training cycle in 4 centers, which includes 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 on 4 centers between the 2nd week and 3rd week of September, contracts & MOUs been signed with Trainers, MOH, partner NGOs and local centers. Surveys been distributed and filled by the widows in each center and been sent to the expert for evaluation.

IF completed the recruitment of the widows and prepare all requirements for the 3rd cycle two centers in Baghdad (Karkh & Rusafa) and one center Ba’ashiqa. All  3 centers will start implementing the activities of the 3rd cycle during the month of October.

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Vocational Training – Basra

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Vocational Mentoring – Basra

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