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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 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...
The Iraqi Social Forum takes effective steps towards expanding its activities within different Iraqi cities

The Iraqi Social Forum takes effective steps towards expanding its activities within different Iraqi cities

  At the headquarter of the Iraqi Social Forum in Baghdad, on Monday, April 3, 2017, the Forum secretariat held a strategic meeting with number of its coordinators from different Iraqi cities. As part of the expansion process of the Forum activities to increase its activism in all governorates of...
Women's Freedom Organization in Iraq Demands to Amend the “Family Violence Protection Law”

Women’s Freedom Organization in Iraq Demands to Amend the “Family Violence Protection Law”

Press Release  Each month, Iraq’s morgues receive dozens of cases of women murdered by the men closest to them: husbands, ex-husbands, fathers, brothers, partners, or fiancés. Most of these cases are filed away to be ignored on the pretext that the violence these men have enacted on these women were...
Iraq and the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses of 1997

Iraq and the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses of 1997

Ismaeel Dawood Introduction To change the position of Iraqi authorities on the issue of shared water resources from non-commitment to solid defense on the basis of international law is a process that still needs a very long time. However, positive developments are currently taken place. The article published in March...
Iraqi Trade Unions Proceed With Their Complaint to the International Labor Organization

Iraqi Trade Unions Proceed With Their Complaint to the International Labor Organization

Six Iraqi trade unions affiliated with the Unions Conference gathered in a meeting held on Thursday, March 16. The unions focused in their discussions on the Social Security Law and the Freedoms of Association Law, as well as the issue of Iraq’s accession to the International Labor Convention No. 87...
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...
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...
The Iraqi Social Forum and the Solidarity Center organize series of women's trade union activities on the occasion of the International Women's Day

The Iraqi Social Forum and the Solidarity Center organize series of women’s trade union activities on the occasion of the International Women’s Day

On the occasion of the International Women’s day, the Iraqi Social Forum Economic and Social Rights Masar (path) and the Solidarity Center organized a series of training and activities for working women to promote the new labor law in Iraq. The activities started with a workshop on working women rights...
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Unions Demand Russia's LUKoil to Reinstate Laid-off Iraqi Employees

Unions Demand Russia’s LUKoil to Reinstate Laid-off Iraqi Employees

The General Union for Workers in the Oil and Gas (GFWIU), subsidiary of the General Federation of Workers Unions in Iraq, has condemned of the dismissal of a large  number of Iraqi workers in Russia’s oil company LUKoil, which is developing the West Qurna oil fields in Basra governorate. This condemnation was issued in a...
Representation of Women in Political Parties, Electoral Commission and Legislative Authorities

Representation of Women in Political Parties, Electoral Commission and Legislative Authorities

On 25 February 2017, Shahrazad, the Iraqi Women’s Journalist Forum, the Arabica Women’s Union and the Governance Centre for Public Policies joined together to give a seminar about the political representation of women in political parties, legislative authorities, and the electoral commission. During the Seminar, conducted by the lawyer, Ms Alyaa Alhasan, speakers explaned the...
The Shahrazad Legal Clinic: Celebrating One Year of Legal Support for WHRDs Around Iraq

The Shahrazad Legal Clinic: Celebrating One Year of Legal Support for WHRDs Around Iraq

The Shahrazad Legal Clinic is a unique place in Baghdad, hosted by the Iraqi Women Journalists’ Forum, where a professional lawyer offers free services to women human rights defenders (WHRDs) whose rights have been violated. The Legal Clinic helps WHRDs (female journalists, unionists, NGO workers and activists), who are exposed to threats relating to their...
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...
Water as a Force for Peace

Water as a Force for Peace

The changing of the guard on the 38th floor of the United Nations building in New York, with Antonio Guterres taking over for Ban Ki-Moon as UN Secretary-General, has taken place at a time when notions about peace and conflict are undergoing a subtle change. In particular, the role of resources – and especially water...
Protests in Iranian city where "Everything is covered in brown dust"

Protests in Iranian city where “Everything is covered in brown dust”

TEHRAN — Days of protests over dust storms, power failures and government mismanagement in one of Iran’s most oil-rich cities subsided on Sunday after security forces declared all demonstrations illegal. Residents of Ahvaz, a city with a majority Arab population near the border with Iraq, had been protesting for five days in increasingly large gatherings,...
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...
ICSSI contributes to the launch of the Observatory to Prevent Extremist Violence (OPEV)

ICSSI contributes to the launch of the Observatory to Prevent Extremist Violence (OPEV)

ICSSI contributes to the launch of the Observatory to Prevent Extremist Violence (OPEV) and invites its members to join the platform and sign the Plan of Action of the Euro-Mediterranean civil society to Prevent Extremist Violence From January 28th to 30th, Barcelona hosted the conference “Towards a new paradigm: Preventing Violent Extremism”, involving 322 people...
Tahrir Square Martyrs: the Martyrs of Continuous Nonviolent Iraqi Struggle

Tahrir Square Martyrs: the Martyrs of Continuous Nonviolent Iraqi Struggle

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – February 20, 2017  On Saturday February 11, Baghdad, the capital of Iraq witnessed peaceful demonstrations following calls by the Shiite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr. Thousands of demonstrators and supporters of al-Sadr together with many other civilians headed off from Tahrir Square. They were unified in demanding reform of the...
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...
World Wetlands Day: what measures will be taken to safeguard the Iraqi Marshes?

World Wetlands Day: what measures will be taken to safeguard the Iraqi Marshes?

On the occasion of World Wetlands Day, February 2, the Ministry of Water Resources in Iraq held an official event in Baghdad, celebrating the unique value of wetlands, in particular the Iraqi Marshes. World Wetlands Day is held annually to help raise global public awareness on the value of wetlands. In addition to the participation...