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The Second Season of Humat Dijlah Festival: An Important Space to Raise Water Issues

The Second Season of Humat Dijlah Festival: An Important Space to Raise Water Issues

Ali Alkarkhi, Humat Dijla On the occasion of the International Day of Action for Rivers (14th of March) and the World Water Day (22nd of March) the fifth anniversary of the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign – launched five years ago – was celebrated. The Iraqi Social Forum and Humat Dijla Assocation organized...
The Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraq: Subnationalism and the State

The Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraq: Subnationalism and the State

  Middle East Reaserch Institute MERI This report views the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces, PMF) as having played an intrinsic role in the provision of security in Iraq since the dramatic rise of the Islamic State (IS). However, through the lens of nationalism it analyses the negative role the PMF may play once IS...
Running Qandil: The Controversial Kurdish Region, Inside The Kurdish Region

Running Qandil: The Controversial Kurdish Region, Inside The Kurdish Region

  Niqash – Saman Omer In Iraqi Kurdistan, there is a semi-independent region within the semi-independent region. The controversial Kurdistan Worker’s Party run an area on the border. But not everyone likes that. You don’t need to drive very far from the major Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah to exit the terrain controlled by the government...
Shahrazad Race to Break Community Chains on Iraqi Women .. Stems from Baghdad

Shahrazad Race to Break Community Chains on Iraqi Women .. Stems from Baghdad

Baraa Mohammed Because she is not only the society, but the mother, the sister and the friend, and in order to challenge all circumstances and do not stop by any excuse, and for spreading a message to demand for women rights and to prove her right to exist and stand with men in all fields...
The Celebration of International Women's Day in Iraq at Shahrazad Festival

The Celebration of International Women’s Day in Iraq at Shahrazad Festival

Several activities have been organized in March 2017 in Baghdad by the Iraqi Social Forum celebrating the International Women’s Day and aimed at supporting Iraqi women and strengthening their position in society. Worker Women’s Rights in The New Iraqi Labor Law In cooperation with the Solidarity Center the Iraqi Social Forum organized a workshop on...
Shooting For Political Stardom: Iraq’s Controversial Militias Fail To Agree On Unified Electoral Positions

Shooting For Political Stardom: Iraq’s Controversial Militias Fail To Agree On Unified Electoral Positions

Leaders of the militias at a press conference in Najaf late last year. Source: Militias Mustafa Habib / Niqash For some time now it has been clear that Iraq’s Shiite Muslim militias have political ambitions. The militias were formed by volunteers in 2014 in order to fight the extremist group known as Daesh, but have...
a Workshop on The Principles of Voluntary Work Organized by Mashhoofna Team in Dhi Qar

a Workshop on The Principles of Voluntary Work Organized by Mashhoofna Team in Dhi Qar

Mashhoofna team who represents an important and promising part of the experience of the Iraqi Social Forum in Southern Iraq and specifically in Dhi Qar province organized a workshop in partnership with the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) about the principles of voluntary work, on Friday, 3rd of March in Dhi Qar. This workshop was part...
The Condition of Workers' Rights and Freedom of Labor Union in Kurdistan Region and Iraq

The Condition of Workers’ Rights and Freedom of Labor Union in Kurdistan Region and Iraq

“Workers’ Rights and Freedom of Association” is a joint project run by PFOK and NPA in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. The project, which has an implementation period of four years, began in July 2016. A number of researchers from PFOK have conducted a study of the project between July and December of 2016. By...
Drafting a New Social Security Law for Iraq

Drafting a New Social Security Law for Iraq

Iraq is in need of legislation that provides real social security guarantees for workers and employees. The Iraqi government is currently drafting a new social security law without proper consultation of civil society. To discuss the adoption of such law, trade unions, teachers and social security experts gathered in a seminar organized by the Iraqi...
Day for Bicycles in the Center of Baghdad

Day for Bicycles in the Center of Baghdad

“I have a dream… I have a bicycle” was the slogan of the young Baghdadis as they rode their bicycles through the streets of Baghdad in the morning of Saturday Feburary 4, 2107. Their goal was to break social taboos and restrictions against girls and women riding bicycles in public. Haider Ali, one of the...
"Shakoufyan" festivities in the city of Heet

“Shakoufyan” festivities in the city of Heet

Under the slogan “For a more beautiful Heet” and in collaboration with “Sumerian Book House”, Shakoufyan Initiative hosted its first activity – a festival – in the city of Heet. These festivities are the first of its kind in almost a year after the liberation of the city from Daesh. Security forces and representatives from...
In the streets of Mosul: a run for peace , organized by "Sports Against Violence"

In the streets of Mosul: a run for peace , organized by “Sports Against Violence”

The team of Sports Against Violence, together with Iraqi authorities, organized an intiative to run for peace in the streets in the Eastern part of Mosul on Friday 10th of February 2017. Below is the press statement that was released prior to the run: We run for peace We run for Mosul Whenever we read...