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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 Shakoufyan Cultural Center Opens in Hit City

The Shakoufyan Cultural Center Opens in Hit City

By Shakoufyan, Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariat – August 22, 2017 On the evening of 12 August, 2017, in Hit, youth opened the Shakoufyan Cultural Center. This new center, which contains a small library, a café and a theater for activities, workshops, seminars and literary events, is one of...
The Perils of Private Education: A Seminar by the Ofok Organization and the ISF

The Perils of Private Education: A Seminar by the Ofok Organization and the ISF

By Ofok Organization and ICSSI Secretariat – 22 August 2017 On 7 August 2017, the Ofok Organization for Human Development organized a seminar entitled “Private schools and their impact on education in Iraq”, for a number of educators and others interested in education issues. During the session, the discussions focused...
A Training for Humat Dijlah Activists in Preparation for the Regional Water Forum

A Training for Humat Dijlah Activists in Preparation for the Regional Water Forum

Preparations are underway to organize the Regional Water Forum at the beginning of next year, scheduled to be held in Iraq. For this occasion, Humat Dijlah and the Iraqi Social Forum organized training on 6-7 August 2017 entitled, “How to use water as a means of building peace”. The training...
In Hit and Ramadi, Young Volunteers Work for Peaceful Coexistence and Nonviolence

In Hit and Ramadi, Young Volunteers Work for Peaceful Coexistence and Nonviolence

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariat – August 15, 2017 Now that the Upper Euphrates cities have been liberated from Daesh, they need the attention and cooperation of all. We hope that this region, which has suffered so much, will once again be a key player in the process...
Kut Activists Train in Nonviolence

Kut Activists Train in Nonviolence

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 15, 2017 On 4-5 August 2017, the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF), in cooperation with the Democratic Cultural Forum in Kut, organized a training to prepare youth volunteers to become facilitators in nonviolence; the training involved a group of 11 young activists...
Youth Teams in Sulaymaniya Cooperate to Promote Nonviolence as a Means of Social Change

Youth Teams in Sulaymaniya Cooperate to Promote Nonviolence as a Means of Social Change

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 12, 2017 On 16-17 July, the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) organized a training at the Youth Forum Hall in Sulaymaniya called, Nonviolent Facilitation in Society, The training included 10 young Sulaymaniyans, including 5 women. The participants were from the Y-peer Network...
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Neighbourhood Tactics: Smaller Protests in Baghdad Get Bigger Results

Neighbourhood Tactics: Smaller Protests in Baghdad Get Bigger Results

Ibrahim Saleh, NIQASH In Iraq, the temperature this summer has often risen to higher than 50 degrees Centigrade. Meanwhile electricity – which runs air conditioning units and refrigerators – is being cut more frequently, water pumping services are interrupted and sewage overflows. The situation has driven ordinary Iraqis out of their houses and onto the...
Iraqi Unions Urge Parliament to Reject Social Security Bill

Iraqi Unions Urge Parliament to Reject Social Security Bill

10.08.2017 – IndustriALL Trade unions in Iraq, including IndustriALL Global Union affiliates, are calling on the Iraqi parliament to reject a draft social security law, which would reduce social protection for thousands of people already suffering in the war-ravaged state. The proposed legislation was approved by the Iraqi cabinet on 1 August and is now...
The Social Forum in Najaf: An Open Platform for Collaborative Action

The Social Forum in Najaf: An Open Platform for Collaborative Action

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 10, 2017 Najaf | Baghdad  On 14-15 July 2017, the Iraqi Social Forum held a training for 13 young volunteers in Najaf. The training resulted in the formation of an organized volunteer platform: the Social Forum in Najaf. The volunteers who attended the training belong to...
The Iraqi Government Must Listen to the Stakeholders: Repeal the Social Security Draft Law

The Iraqi Government Must Listen to the Stakeholders: Repeal the Social Security Draft Law

Joint statement for immediate release The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) and the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) Baghdad – 9 Aug 2017 [If, after reading the following statement, your organization would like to support Iraqi Unions in their opposition to this draft law, please consider sending a message to the Head of the Iraqi...
Iraqi Social Forum Volunteers Receive an Intensive Training on Social Media Strategies

Iraqi Social Forum Volunteers Receive an Intensive Training on Social Media Strategies

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 7, 2017 Since its establishment, the Iraqi Social Forum has worked on developing the skills of its members and volunteers in the various fields in which it works to ensure the success of its activities. Social media platforms are of particular interest to ISF for they...
A Camp by Sports Against Violence Brings Together Iraqi Youth

A Camp by Sports Against Violence Brings Together Iraqi Youth

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 3, 2017 From 18-20 July, youth gathered in Dokan, Sulaymaniya, to participate in a camp put on by the Sports Against Violence team, in cooperation with the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF). The camp aimed to strengthen and expand communication and collaboration between civil society groups, NGOs...
Equal Water Shares for the Peoples of Iraq and Iran - A Call for Collaboration to Preserve the Shared Rivers!

Equal Water Shares for the Peoples of Iraq and Iran – A Call for Collaboration to Preserve the Shared Rivers!

Press statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 1 August 2017 Recently, dams have been seriously affecting the water courses of Iraq. The shared rivers of Iraq have seen decreases in water flows due to Iranian dams. In June, the Iraqi-Kurdish border region experienced large cuts in water flows of the Little...
Lessons Not Learned: Turkey's Ilisu Dam

Lessons Not Learned: Turkey’s Ilisu Dam

A report published by International Displacement Monitoring Centre, Published 18 July 2017 “Case study series dam displacement“ This series addresses a gap in awareness and knowledge about people internally displaced by dam construction. Read the full report here. The Ilisu hydroelectric dam on the Tigris river in south-east Turkey is Europe’s largest dam project under...
A Training by the Iraqi Social Forum Ignites Youthful Energy and Creates an Interpretation Team

A Training by the Iraqi Social Forum Ignites Youthful Energy and Creates an Interpretation Team

Sulaymaniyah and Dokan, 18-22 July 2017 “It was great experience to be part of the Interpretation team of the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF). It wasn’t only a team, but a family that influenced me in a very positive way. I met new people and heard their stories, I learned interpretation techniques that I wasn’t aware...
The New Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights Faces Serious Objections from Civil Society

The New Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights Faces Serious Objections from Civil Society

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) The Iraqi Parliament voted on the selection of new board members for the Iraqi High Commissioner for Human Rights, ignoring objections made by civil activists and representatives of civil society on the mechanism of choice. Therefore, Iraq has elected a new Board of Commissioners not very different from...
Freedom of Expression and Access to Information: The Iraqi Women Journalists Forum Works to Promote Essential Rights

Freedom of Expression and Access to Information: The Iraqi Women Journalists Forum Works to Promote Essential Rights

The Iraqi Women Journalists Forum (IWJF) organized a legal seminar as a part of the Shahrazad project on Saturday, 15 July. The seminar centered on the most recent drafts of two laws now being discussed in parliament: the Right of Access to Information law and the Freedom of Expression and Peaceful Demonstration law. The seminar drew...
Newly-Founded Kurdistan Social Forum is Offering Legal Support to Activists

Newly-Founded Kurdistan Social Forum is Offering Legal Support to Activists

In advance of its first annual event later this year the Kurdistan Social Forum (KSF), founded in September 2016, is looking to expand its membership. The KSF is reaching out to civil society organizations and activists across the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Many activists, unions and CSOs would like to join the KSF, but the...