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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.
Participate in Save the Tigris Program of the Fourth Iraqi Social Forum!

Participate in Save the Tigris Program of the Fourth Iraqi Social Forum!

Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes – Baghdad  Less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the 4th Iraqi Social Forum in Baghdad, the Save the Tigris campaign is in the final stages of planning for a series of workshops and information booth at this year’s gathering of civil...
Invitation to attend the 4th Iraqi Social Forum event in Baghdad

Invitation to attend the 4th Iraqi Social Forum event in Baghdad

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) would like to invite you to the 4th annual event of the Iraqi Social Forum, to take place from 30 November – 2 December in Baghdad. The Iraqi Social Forum is a powerful space for coordination among...
The Digital Clinic: A New Resource to Protect Women Activists on Social Media!

The Digital Clinic: A New Resource to Protect Women Activists on Social Media!

By ICSSI Secretariat – November 2017  Women journalists, activists and human rights defenders tend to minimize the importance of protection for their devices and the digital content they use. Hence, most of them currently lack a clear strategy to protect their devices and information. This is a widespread problem and,...
The Media’s Role in Electing Women Candidates and Increasing Voter Turnout

The Media’s Role in Electing Women Candidates and Increasing Voter Turnout

By ICSSI Secretariat – November 2017   On 23 October in Baghdad, IWJF held a seminar on the role of the media in supporting women candidates and mobilizing public opinion for their success in elections. With elections coming up soon, alerting voters to those women who are running for office...
Urgent Call Upon the Iraqi Authorities in Baghdad and Kurdistan to Investigate The Killing of The Journalist Arkan Sharif

Urgent Call Upon the Iraqi Authorities in Baghdad and Kurdistan to Investigate The Killing of The Journalist Arkan Sharif

02 November 2017 We urgently call upon the Iraqi authorities both in Baghdad and Kurdistan to investigate the killing of journalist Arkan Sharif and to protect all journalists from future attacks. We are shocked by the news of journalist Arkan Sharif’s murder in front of his home in the city...
Success Stories in Nonviolence from Iraqi Youth

Success Stories in Nonviolence from Iraqi Youth

A youth panel on non-violence, organized by the Iraqi Social Forum and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Baghdad – October 2017 On 21 October, in a unique event in Baghdad, the Baghdad La-Onf group, which works closely with the Iraqi Social Forum to promote nonviolent principles and action, organized...
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Nature Based Solutions to Big Dams Can Help the Mesopotamian Region and the World

Nature Based Solutions to Big Dams Can Help the Mesopotamian Region and the World

Bonn, Germany – 11 November 2017 During a session of the COP23 on “Managing water scarcity for agriculture”, the Save the Tigris campaign posed a question to Mr. Olcay Ünver, the Deputy Director of Land and Water Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): “Don’t you think that it’s time to state...
Yazidis in Iraq: 'The genocide is ongoing'

Yazidis in Iraq: ‘The genocide is ongoing’

Al Jazeera by Samira Shackle 7 November 2017 Khanke camp, northern Iraq – Wahda cannot sleep. During the day, she and her husband are busy caring for their 10 daughters and two sons inside Khanke camp for displaced Iraqis, located in the country’s north. It is at night that the memories come. “I stay awake just thinking, and...
Destruction Accelerates in Hasankeyf and Tigris Basin

Destruction Accelerates in Hasankeyf and Tigris Basin

++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive +++ Hasankeyf Matters +++ Destruction Accelerates in Hasankeyf and the Tigris Basin 30 Oct 2017 Announcement Environmental and heritage destruction have accelerated in Turkey’s historic city of Hasankeyf as crews work day and night, seven days a week to collapse vulnerable portions of the cliffs ringing the town and...
Iraqi Cities of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers Gather under the Slogan "We Love Iraq"!

Iraqi Cities of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers Gather under the Slogan “We Love Iraq”!

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Imitative (ICSSI) Baghdad  – October 2017 Forty-eight activists representing nine local youth groups from different Iraqi cities met in Baghdad for three days to discuss ways forward for living together along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers within the program of “Coexistence trails in Mesopotamia...
Stop All Military Operations Immediately, Dialogue Must Begin Now!

Stop All Military Operations Immediately, Dialogue Must Begin Now!

Fifty-seven Iraqi civil society organisations and groups, along with 12 International organisations have issued a call for an immediate end to all military operations and the initiation of dialogue between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan regional government. Our civil society appeal “NO TO WAR, NO TO ECONOMIC SANCTIONS, THE ONLY SOLUTION IS DIALOGUE” asks the...
Trade Unions and Civil Society Organizations Reconfirm Their Rejection of the Social Security Law

Trade Unions and Civil Society Organizations Reconfirm Their Rejection of the Social Security Law

Iraqi trade unions reiterated their opposition to the draft social security law approved by the Iraqi Council of Ministers earlier this year, in “The Future of Social Security in Iraq” conference. According to the trade unions, the draft law is incompatible with the Iraqi constitution and fails to meet even the minimum standards of social...
A Training in Nonviolence in Hit, the First Since its Liberation from Daesh

A Training in Nonviolence in Hit, the First Since its Liberation from Daesh

On Thursday, 5 October 2017 at the Shakoufyan Cultural Center, the Peace Forum in Hit organized a workshop on nonviolence. The training focused on building the skills needed to carry out nonviolent campaigns aimed at peaceful coexistence as an alternative to sectarian violence in Mesopotamia. This is the first workshop in Hit since its liberation...
Youth of Syria Launch "We Love Qamishlo" Initiative

Youth of Syria Launch “We Love Qamishlo” Initiative

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiate (ICSSI) Qamishli (or Qamishlo), a fertile city located in northeastern Syria on the border with Turkey, is a place characterized by its diverse population, inhabited by a mixture of Arabs, Kurds, Syriac, Assyrians and Armenians. From this unique location, the youth initiative, “We Love Qamishlo”, was organized by Doz, a...
Women are Critical Peacebuilding Actors: Implementing UNSCR-1325 in Iraq

Women are Critical Peacebuilding Actors: Implementing UNSCR-1325 in Iraq

More than 3 years ago, in February 2014, the Government of Iraq launched its National Action Plan on UN Securitiy Council Resolution 1325 (2014-2018). It was the first country in the MENA Region to launch such a program. The Resolution concerns the important role of women in the prevention and resoltion of conflicts, peace negotiationsm...
Chaldean Patriarch Sako Issues Call to Iraqi Leadership on Conflict in Iraq

Chaldean Patriarch Sako Issues Call to Iraqi Leadership on Conflict in Iraq

Source: Aboun.org Chaldean Patriarch Louisl Sako has issued the following statement addressing the Iraqi leadership in the wake of the unprecedented deteriorating situation in northern Iraq: These days, our country is going through unprecedented circumstances that are the result of all that happened in Iraq from the north to the south for years and until...
Another Kurdistan is Possible, of Diversity and Human Rights and Social Justice

Another Kurdistan is Possible, of Diversity and Human Rights and Social Justice

Having participated in World Social Forum events in previous years, Iraq-Kurdish activists launched the Kurdistan Social Forum in October 2016 as a means to promote social justice movements in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Currently housed by Peace and Freedom Organization, the Kurdistan Social Forum is an open space for movements, organizations and individuals who...
The Mashufna Cultural Center Opens in Nasiriya: a New Resource for Civil Society

The Mashufna Cultural Center Opens in Nasiriya: a New Resource for Civil Society

The inscription in 2016 of the Marshlands into the UNESCO World Heritage List was an important milestone for Iraq, which would not have been possible without strong efforts of civil society across Iraq, and involvement of communities and local authorities. This is a success story that we believe can be extended across other issues in...