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2nd Edition of the Kurdistan Social Forum Takes Place in Sulaymaniyah!

2nd Edition of the Kurdistan Social Forum Takes Place in Sulaymaniyah!

2nd Kurdistan Social Forum 24-25 October 2018, Sulaimani University Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq   Un Ponte Per (UPP), Peace and Freedom Organization (PFO) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) would like to invite you to the annual event of the Kurdistan Social Forum, to take place in Sulaymaniyah from 24-25 October 2018...
Councils for Social Cohesion Launched in 4 Governorates

Councils for Social Cohesion Launched in 4 Governorates

The Iraqi and Kurdistan Social Forums have launched a new initiative to promote social cohesion in 4 governorates. “Councils for Social Cohesion” have been established in Sulaymaniyah, Baghdad, Amara and Ramadi, coordinated by civil society organizations belonging to the working groups (masar) of the social forums. Within these councils community leaders, local authorities and civil...
Mrwary Festival in Sulaymaniyah Highlights Success Stories of Women

Mrwary Festival in Sulaymaniyah Highlights Success Stories of Women

Arabic | عربي The city of Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan Region held its first festival to celebrate women’s rights. The working group on women’s rights of the Kurdistan Social Forum organized its ‘Mrwary Festival’ from 24-25 August in Hawary Shar Park in Sulaymaniyah. Through this festival, the working group aimed to promote the economic independence...
The Reality of Freedom of Press and Expression in the Kurdistan Region in 2018 So Far

The Reality of Freedom of Press and Expression in the Kurdistan Region in 2018 So Far

World Press Freedom Day – 3rd May , 2018 The Media Working Group of the Kurdistan Social Forum conducted a semi-Conference in Sulaymaniyah City on this day with the participation of 25 people: CSOs, journalists, independent human rights activists, one MP, stakeholder representatives and university teachers. A panel analyzed data on violations of freedom of...
Kurdistan Social Forum Fully Supports the Protests of Teachers and Public Employees

Kurdistan Social Forum Fully Supports the Protests of Teachers and Public Employees

Statement by the Kurdistan Social Forum on the recent protests in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq The people of the Kurdistan Region have been suffering from the neo-liberalism economic system in the region and facing a hardship in every aspects of life. The KRG has cut their salaries to half and yet it does not...
Presenting the different “components” of the Kurdistan Region

Presenting the different “components” of the Kurdistan Region

The working group on minorities and IDPs, lead by Al Mesalla Organization and one of the main paths of the Kurdistan Social Forum have founded a solid network of activists from various backgrounds who are campaigning to create more awareness on the contributions of different religious minority groups to Kurdish and Iraqi society. Having inhabited...
Providing a Secure Environment for Defenders of Free Speech in the KRI

Providing a Secure Environment for Defenders of Free Speech in the KRI

One of the main goals of the Kurdistan Social Forum has been to monitor and improve freedom of expression in the Kurdistan Region. To this end, the Forum frequently publishes reports of violations and meets regularly with policymakers. It also aims to equip activists and defenders of this right with effective mechanisms to protect themselves....
Supporting Joint Campaigning by the Iraqi and Kurdistan Social Forums: Bridging the Divide in 2018

Supporting Joint Campaigning by the Iraqi and Kurdistan Social Forums: Bridging the Divide in 2018

In Iraq – post-Daesh and post-referendum – political disagreements between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq have escalated. Though civil society remains vital and relevant, these mounting tensions have complicated its work. Civil society’s independent and leading role in offering an alternative to conflict, a path of dialogue and nonviolence, must now be strengthened...
Kurdistan Social Forum Launched in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq!

Kurdistan Social Forum Launched in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq!

Erbil, 10th of December 2017, International Human Rights Day The first Kurdistan Social Forum (KSF) took place in Erbil, on 9-10 December 2017, with the participation of about 400 civil society activists from the Kurdistan Region and the disputed territories in Ninewa and Kirkuk Governorates. The Forum happened under very difficult circumstances caused by an...
The First Kurdistan Social Forum Takes Place in Erbil!

The First Kurdistan Social Forum Takes Place in Erbil!

ICSSI is excited to announce the first annual event of the Kurdistan Social Forum, to take place in Erbil from 9-10 December 2017! The Kurdistan Social Forum (KSF) is a newly-founded space for coordination among CSOs and networks in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, with a Secretariat based in Erbil and a committee of NGOs,...
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...
Newly-Founded Kurdistan Social Forum is Offering Legal Support to Activists

Newly-Founded Kurdistan Social Forum is Offering Legal Support to Activists

In advance of its first annual event later this year the Kurdistan Social Forum (KSF), founded in September 2016, is looking to expand its membership. The KSF is reaching out to civil society organizations and activists across the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Many activists, unions and CSOs would like to join the KSF, but the...