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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.
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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...
ISF Interpretation Team Volunteers Take on Economic and Social Rights

ISF Interpretation Team Volunteers Take on Economic and Social Rights

By ICSSI Secretariat and ISF – October 2017  The Iraqi Social Forum held a specialized training on economic and social rights for its 9 interpretation team volunteers on Saturday, 7 October in Baghdad. The training was given by Wissam Gasab, ISF’s Coordinator of the Economic and Social Rights masar (path), and dealt with explaining the...
International Peace Day Celebrated Across Iraq

International Peace Day Celebrated Across Iraq

Each year on the International Day of Peace, 21 September, the UN invites people across the world to take part in celebrations which bring together civil society and citizens from all over the globe.  This year in Iraq, youth came together across 9 different locations for celebrations organized by the Iraqi Social Forum, its subsidiary...
ISF’s Interpretation Team Trains in Nonviolent Strategies

ISF’s Interpretation Team Trains in Nonviolent Strategies

Iraqi Social Forum and Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative On 24 – 26 September 2017, 10 volunteers from the Interpretation Team of the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) participated in a workshop on the principles and methods of nonviolence. The training was held at the ISF headquarters in Baghdad, and was led by an expert on...
First Local Social Forum Activities held in Najaf

First Local Social Forum Activities held in Najaf

From this year forward, the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) intends to spread the social forum model from Baghdad to other cities in Iraq. The ISF will act as facilitator of local fora, which will join the national initiative. The methodology used will be the same of the World Social Forum, based on the voluntary work...
Invitation to the 4th Season of the Iraqi Social Forum!

Invitation to the 4th Season of the Iraqi Social Forum!

Iraqi Social Forum and The Secretary of Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – September 2017 Civil society organizations, youth social movements, students, unions, individuals and activists have started organizing the fourth season of the Iraqi Social Forum, entitled “Rights … Peace”! The forum will last 3 days, beginning 30 November 2017 and will be held...
From Hit to Nasiriyah: Messages of Peace on the Occasion of World Peace Day

From Hit to Nasiriyah: Messages of Peace on the Occasion of World Peace Day

Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) & Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) On Tuesday, 19 September 2017, to celebrate the International Day of Peace, and in solidarity with the city of Nasiriyah, civil society volunteer teams in the city of Hit organized a special event —  a first in the city. Attended by about 35 children...
Maysan's Social Forum Non-Violent Action

Maysan’s Social Forum Non-Violent Action

Salman Khairalla, 22 August 2017 In Maysan province, Amarah is often referred to as ‘the city of love and beauty’, with roots that extend back hundreds of years. Historically, it has always been home to a wide range of people of different religions and sects, yet who nevertheless lived together peacefully and harmoniously. This peaceful...
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 this year’s most important projects...
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 on the positive and negative...
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 of restoring peace and coexistence...
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 in Kut, and was held...