UNAMI Strengthening Women’s Political Participation in Iraq (Full Phase One 2021 Report Below)



The participation of women in political and electoral processes in Iraq has been hampered by numerous factors, despite Iraqi women’s determination to engage in the public sphere. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), the Iraq Foundation and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) conducted research between October 2019 and February 2020 aimed at documenting and understanding the challenges and unmet needs of women who run for elected public office. Five governorates, namely Baghdad, Basra, Ninewa, Najaf and Salah Al Din, were selected for assessment because they offer representative diversity in terms of demographic, social and political environments.



Our project leaders conducting a workshop for Iraqi women











Shatha Saif Addeen Aldawoudi
25 year old
Kirkuk Province
B.A in law from the University of Kirkuk

“I am one of the trainees in the training workshop that addressed women’s political participation. I benefited a great deal from the workshop: I acquired strength, will power, perseverance, and courage, and learned that women have a heard voice and strength. From this strength and drive, I now have the ability strive to become a leader and participate in the political process. Although I am a lawyer, I lacked a lot (of skills), and now with this training I believe I am on the right path.”





Tamara Khalil
27 years old
Salaheddin Province,
B.A. Accounting

“It was an exceptional training workshop. I wasn’t anticipating being accepted but fortunately I was selected and I did very well. I benefited a lot and I gained knowledge and skills in leadership, advocacy, and media presence. After I completed my training I met with a number of NGOs, and I was selected as a coordinators for a program that trains election monitors for 2021, implemented by the Peace and Freedom Organization. Thank you for granting me this opportunity!”






Phase 1 Full Report: October 1, 2019 – February 15, 2020

Phase 2 Narrative Report: April 1, 2020 – November 15, 2020

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