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IF hired Dr. Saad Zayer as a research consultant and an ongoing resource for interns throughout the project. Dr. Saad  will be retained throughout the project as a resource for interns and will respond to interns’ research-related questions and issues via email / telephone and bi-weekly meetings.

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Last Update: Friday, February 14, 2014

The Iraq Foundation and the partner NGO have successfully implemented technical skills training.  The training was held on the 15th of December 2013 in collaboration with Iraqi Parliament and specialized trainers who offered a 5-day orientation for interns to build their research skills to enable them to support Iraqi women Parliamentarians.  The training was held in two locations. The first two days were held at IF office and the remaining three days were held at office of the partner NGO (Iraqi organization for women and future). The topics presented during the training include the following:

  • The Iraqi political system, including sessions on the Constitution; Iraqi Parliament, including the role of the Parliament, how committees operate, Parliamentary by-laws, the responsibilities and authorities of Parliamentarians and the importance of community outreach; Drafting a Law: various stages
  • Overview of international women’s conventions and state of women’s rights in Iraq: Discussion of major issues facing women in Iraq today in light of international agreements, including CEDAW and UNSC Resolution 1325, as the standard for women’s rights
  • Technical intern skills: writing press releases, organizing briefing notes, reviewing legislation, working with staff of parliamentary committees
  • Research methods: An overview of basic research methods, format of the final research report and brainstorming of topics.
  • Tour of the Parliament: tour of all the committees where interns will be working during
  • The period of the internship, and tour of permanent parliamentary offices, including research department and library Training will be provided by advisors to Parliamentary committees and permanent staff of the Parliament.

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Last Update: Friday, February 14, 2014

The 12 interns visits to Council of representatives and meeting with MPs

IF selected 12 MPs who represent MP committee leadership. All the MPs are willing to provide assistance to rising women leaders and who are actively engaged in women-related issues, including legislation.

The interns also were taken on a tour of the Parliament. They visited all the committees where interns will be working during the period of the internship. Ms. Shatha Rushdi lead the tour and introduced them to  permanent parliamentary offices and research department. IF and Dr. Nada Al-Jeboury facilitated an authorization letter to grant the 12 interns access to the CoR library which has very valuable resources to help them write their research papers.

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Last Update: Friday, February 14, 2014

(IF) completed holding the second day of the First National Conference on October 3, 2013. The conference was attended by 105 high rank government officials and civil society activists. The participants voted to approve the National Charter and joined the national task force to implement the National Charter recommendations which aim towards improving women living conditions in Iraq.


Last Update: Friday, January 24, 2014

IF and Partners NGOs in all five provinces continued interviewing women victims of GBV in their legal clinics, reaching out to a total of 1154 women by the end of December 2013. During this reporting period, 327 women received legal consultations and 117 were provided with legal representation at courts. The number of victimized women that have benefitted from the legal support during this reporting period totals 376 women.



Last Update: Friday, January 24, 2014

October – December 2013: Task Force works to present and discuss the National Charter

The national coalition led 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 the recommendations of the National Charter. 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’s efforts to towards ending violence against women in Iraq.


Erbil team meeting with IF project manager to set a workplan 

Basra task force meeting in December 2013 to set a plan to implement the National charter recommendations

IF staff presenting the National Charter during an event held on December 2013 by Kurdistan Women Union branch in Baghdad

IF staff held a meeting with the task force to design a plan to implement the recommendations of the National Charter

Introducing the National Charter and the efforts the task force in Babil towards ending violence against women              

Babil Taskforce meeting to set a plan to implement the recommendations of the National Charter

Baghdad Task force presenting the national charter to young women in Baghdad 

Last Update: Friday, January 24, 2014

During this reporting period IF and partner NGOs continued providing trainings, employment and micro credit access services for WIES beneficiaries in all the five provinces. 25 semiliterate FHH were trained on the work-oriented Arabic literacy. 58 semiliterate FHH were trained on job skills. 46 literates FHH were trained on job skills. 27 WIES beneficiaries were trained on business skills. 79 job opportunities were identified in different governorates. 29 FHH accepted job offers

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Ten employment placements in a Bakery in Baghdad

FHH signing an employment contract with a Bakery in Baghdad

KAB training in Basra

Seven employment placement in a Bakery in Basra

Hope (Al-Ammal Workshop) in Diyala, established philanthropist donation

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) training course in Diyala on candles manufacturing

Loan utilized for dairy production project in Daiyala

Loan utilized for turkey breeding project in Diayala

Sewing training in Basra


Hairdressing training Basra


Sewing Training in Ninawa

Cooking training in Ninawa

Last Update: Friday, December 6, 2013

IF is excited to launch the Parliamentary Internship Project.

To read more about the program, click here.

To apply to become an intern, click here. Application is due November 23, 2013.

Last Update: Monday, November 18, 2013

IF and Partners NGOs have successfully formed one local coalition of men and women in each of the five provinces. Each coalition consists of 20 members (10 women leaders and 10 men leaders in the community) from different layers of the society. The coalitions conducted monthly meetings and worked on drafting the national charter which will be finalized on the national conference. The national charter has recommendations regarding  policies and actions of the Iraqi government in the light of the recommendations of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Each coalition is working on issuing a statement in their province.

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Last Update: Thursday, October 24, 2013