عربي | Arabic 

The 5th season of the Iraqi Social Forum will be held from 22-30 November under the slogan ”Citizenship”. Civil society organizations, trade unions, labor and professional unions, along with dozens of young women and men involved in the teams and working groups of the ISF are preparing for a week of activities with  far-reaching impact: the halls of the Baghdad Academy of Human Sciences and Abu Nuwas Gardens will be transformed into an incubator for action aimed at social justice and civil peace and harmony.

“Citizenship” will be the slogan of this 5th season of the ISF for it falls in line with the aspirations of Iraqis to reform their country by eliminating sectarian and ethnic quotas and standing up to corruption. It will be an opportunity for Iraqis and internationals to come together to work towards establishing a state that will guarantee the rights of everyone, equally.

The Iraqi Social Forum works to facilitate decentralized networking between various parts of civil society, at both the national and international level, thus activating solidarity between Iraqi citizens and activists all over the world. The following masar  (paths) of the ISF represent different topics to be taken up during the upcoming 5th season:

– Civil and political rights (with a focus on freedom of expression and the press in Iraq)

– Economic and social rights and social justice

– Environment and water

– Women’s rights and equality

– Nonviolence and peace building

– Minority rights and co-existence

– The right to education

– Heritage and preservation

These and other subjects will be the foundation for rich and productive discussions that lead to practical solutions to problems facing Iraq today. Join us and participate in workshops, seminars and other independently-organized civic activities.

The 5th season of the ISF offers an independent, non-governmental, pluralistic and dynamic environment, free from all forms of discrimination based on race, colour, nationality, religion, doctrine, belief, economic or social status. Your participation is a concrete step towards achieving our dream of building another Iraq — one grounded in human rights and social justice.

We invite you to be part of this important event.

To organize or suggest an activity for the 5th season, please use the following link:

https://goo.gl/forms/BtrQlYGSZvesUa9w2

To volunteer to help organize the 5th season, please use the following link:

https://goo.gl/forms/QWRSsetfSPxDaVTI2

For more information, visit our website: http://www.iraqsf.org