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The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) is dedicated to bringing together Iraqi and international civil societies through concrete actions to build together another Iraq, with peace and Human Rights for all.
The ISF Offers a Campaign Development Training to Youth in Falluja and Ramadi

The ISF Offers a Campaign Development Training to Youth in Falluja and Ramadi

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) As part of the effort to develop capacities in youth from cities participating in the “Paths of Coexistence in Mesopotamia” project, the Iraqi Social Forum held a training for the peace forums in Falluja and Ramadi on...
The Reality of Freedom of Press and Expression in the Kurdistan Region in 2018 So Far

The Reality of Freedom of Press and Expression in the Kurdistan Region in 2018 So Far

World Press Freedom Day – 3rd May , 2018 The Media Working Group of the Kurdistan Social Forum conducted a semi-Conference in Sulaymaniyah City on this day with the participation of 25 people: CSOs, journalists, independent human rights activists, one MP, stakeholder representatives and university teachers. A panel analyzed data...
Youth from Kut Create a New Local Forum: “We Are Wasit”

Youth from Kut Create a New Local Forum: “We Are Wasit”

  By the Secretariat of Iraqi Civil Society Initiative – 19 May 2018 As a part of the project “Paths of Coexistence in Mesopotamia and Middle East”, local forums made up of civil society groups, volunteers and activists have emerged in several Iraqi cities overlooking on the Tigris and Euphrates...
Years of Civil Society Protest Bring Change to Iraq

Years of Civil Society Protest Bring Change to Iraq

By the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – May 18, 2019. Forming a government, following the recent parliamentary elections in Iraq, will take time, but there is now hope for significant change and reform. The strong showing of the Saeroun Lil-Islah (“Marching for Reform”) alliance, which won 55 seats in...
Mosul, an Archeological Treasure, Comes Back to Life in a Festival of Dance and Remembrance

Mosul, an Archeological Treasure, Comes Back to Life in a Festival of Dance and Remembrance

Translated by the Secretariat of Iraqi Civil Society Initiative Sputnik Just outside the southern Iraqi city of Mosul, women of Nimrud danced to the melodies of Assyrian songs and Arab folk music. They danced for peace and for the return of life to their city since its liberation from Daesh....
Iraq elections: All you need to know

Iraq elections: All you need to know

Iraq’s parliamentary elections set for May 12 will indirectly decide on a new prime minister and president. by Arwa Ibrahim – Al Jazeera News, 8 May 2018 Iraqis will head to the polls on May 12 to elect a new national parliament, which will serve as the basis for the...
Young Activists from Hit Receive a Training on Building and Implementing Campaigns Aimed at Peace and Social Cohesion

Young Activists from Hit Receive a Training on Building and Implementing Campaigns Aimed at Peace and Social Cohesion

Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) From 27-28 April 2018, in western Iraq, the city of Hit held a training called “Building and Implementing Campaigns” for 10 young activists. The successful training was organized by the Iraqi Social Forum for youth active in Hit’s...
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Iraqi Elections and U.S. Interests: Taking the Long View

Iraqi Elections and U.S. Interests: Taking the Long View

Washington Institute – Michael Knights The emerging vote tallies are just the beginning of government formation in Iraq, and they indicate a need to focus on U.S. principles, not specific outcomes. Despite an evidently strong showing by Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon alliance in Iraq’s May 12 vote, “hot takes” are particularly useless for Iraqi elections, because the...
Iraq: Women and Children with Perceived ties to Daesh Denied Aid, Sexually Exploited and Trapped in Camps

Iraq: Women and Children with Perceived ties to Daesh Denied Aid, Sexually Exploited and Trapped in Camps

Amnesty International April 2018 Iraqi women and children with perceived ties to the armed group “Daesh”, are being denied humanitarian aid and prevented from returning to their homes, with an alarming number of women subjected to sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report. The Condemned: Women and Children Isolated, Trapped and Exploited in...
From the Midst of the Rubble, Hopes Glow for a Brighter Tomorrow — Youth Campaigns Flourish in Baiji City After The Liberation from Daesh   

From the Midst of the Rubble, Hopes Glow for a Brighter Tomorrow — Youth Campaigns Flourish in Baiji City After The Liberation from Daesh  

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) In order for peace to prevail in cities recently liberated from Daesh, displaced families have to be able to return to their homes and former lives. To make this return possible, voluntary teams from the Tikrit Social Forum (including the Tikrit Youth...
Activists Bring to Life the Spirit of al-Mutanabbi Street in their Own Cities: Mutanabbi Starts Here

Activists Bring to Life the Spirit of al-Mutanabbi Street in their Own Cities: Mutanabbi Starts Here

    Youth from cities all over Iraq came together in solidarity to commemorate what was lost in the terrible bombings of al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad 11 years ago. In many cities throughout the country, young people organized events on this tragic anniversary as a way to celebrate and preserve the spirit of Baghdad’s famous...
15 Years Later: The Iraqi Social Forum Spreads Messages of Peace and Solidarity to Cities Which Opposed the 2003 War in Iraq

15 Years Later: The Iraqi Social Forum Spreads Messages of Peace and Solidarity to Cities Which Opposed the 2003 War in Iraq

Iraqi Social Forum On the 15th anniversary of demonstrations against the war in Iraq, a delegation from the Iraqi Social Forum visited Rome and Oslo, two cities which voiced strong opposition to the war. The visits strengthened international networks, empowering civil society to be an agent of positive change. A delegation from the Iraqi Social...
The Controversial Iraqi Militia That Now Prefers Social Work To Politics

The Controversial Iraqi Militia That Now Prefers Social Work To Politics

Mustafa Habib – Niqash The fight against extremists is almost over and one of the country’s often-controversial Shiite Muslim militias is doing good deeds and eschewing politics. Is the al-Abbas Combat Brigade too good to be true? For the people of Basra, unexploded ordinances and long-forgotten mines have been an ongoing concern; the explosives were...
Will Iraq's New 'Tribal court' Undermine Rule of Law?

Will Iraq’s New ‘Tribal court’ Undermine Rule of Law?

Mustafa Saadoun – Al-monitor BAGHDAD — Amid Iraqi calls to reinforce the rule of law and strengthen Iraqi state institutions, the Ministry of Justice announced March 28 a new initiative for “arbitration” among tribes, allowing a team of tribal elders to intervene as arbitrators in resolving all possible disputes and conflicts between Iraqi tribes. According to a statement by the Ministry of Justice,...
Women Committee Established For the Labor Unions of the Kurdistan Region

Women Committee Established For the Labor Unions of the Kurdistan Region

Kurdistan United Workers Union (KUWU) has formally established a women’s committee, with an office in the building of KUWU Erbil. Several women activists from Erbil and Sulaymaniyah were invited to be part of the committee, which will be supported by unionists local NGOs. The aim is to support gender equality and to connect the committee...
Iraqi Water Activists Bond in the Marshlands While on a North-South Exchange

Iraqi Water Activists Bond in the Marshlands While on a North-South Exchange

A unique North-South exchange between Iraqi and Kurdish water activists took place in the framework of Save the Tigris Campaign from 23-27 March 2018 in Southern Iraq. A Kurdish delegation upon invitation by fellow Iraqi activists from the South toured the marshlands of Iraq, and met with local youth, activists and tribal leaders. For some...
Kahramana Week for Women Across Baghdad

Kahramana Week for Women Across Baghdad

From 21-28 March Baghdad was the location for a week full of women’s rights campaigning, organized by Kahramana, the Women’s Rights path of the Iraqi Social Forum, run by Tammuz Organisation. The week kicked off with a Newroz picnic in celebration of the start of spring in the gardens of Abu Nawas near the statue...
Facing Eviction, Merchants Decry Turkey Dam Project

Facing Eviction, Merchants Decry Turkey Dam Project

Diego Cupolo, Deutsche Welle, 10 April 2018 Merut Tekin comes from a long line of merchants in southeast Turkey. From as far back as anyone can remember, his family has run shops in Hasankeyf, an ancient Silk Road trading post on the banks of the Tigris River. Neolithic caves line the surrounding cliffs, atop which...
Post-ISIS Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities for a New Political Order

Post-ISIS Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities for a New Political Order

  By Kawa Hassan – Eastwest On January 18, the EastWest Institute and the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO) hosted a closed roundtable discussion with Dr. Mustafa Al-Hiti, Chairman of the Iraqi Reconstruction Fund for Areas Affected by Terrorist Operations (REFAATO), and Mr. Ramon Belcua, the European Union Ambassador to Iraq. The round table...