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In Their Third Year, Kahramana Path Shines Demanding the Freedom of Running for Women

In Their Third Year, Kahramana Path Shines Demanding the Freedom of Running for Women

Arabic | عربي Women have never stood still waiting to get their basic rights. One of those rights is the freedom of running down the streets without harassment. On 9 March 2019, International Women’s Day, the Sport Against Violence organization and the Kahramana masar (path) held their third race for women and girls in Al...
Women's Participation in Decision-Making Centers: the Iraqi Government's Progress on CEDAW

Women’s Participation in Decision-Making Centers: the Iraqi Government’s Progress on CEDAW

عربي | Arabic In 2018 the government of Iraq submitted its interim report on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to the United Nations. Through this Convention, Iraq commits itself to end all political, economic, social, cultural, civil and other forms of discrimination against women. The report of...
The Iraqi Social Forum’s Kahramana Activists Support Women’s Rights

The Iraqi Social Forum’s Kahramana Activists Support Women’s Rights

There is no doubt that the feminist movement within Iraqi civil society has reached a new stage of maturity, enabling many activists to achieve goals which previously seemed out of reach. Perhaps one of the most prominent signs of this success is the integration of women into organizations and institutions in decision-making roles. This broader...
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...
Iraq: Women and Children with Perceived ties to Daesh Denied Aid, Sexually Exploited and Trapped in Camps

Iraq: Women and Children with Perceived ties to Daesh Denied Aid, Sexually Exploited and Trapped in Camps

Amnesty International April 2018 Iraqi women and children with perceived ties to the armed group “Daesh”, are being denied humanitarian aid and prevented from returning to their homes, with an alarming number of women subjected to sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report. The Condemned: Women and Children Isolated, Trapped and Exploited in...
Women Committee Established For the Labor Unions of the Kurdistan Region

Women Committee Established For the Labor Unions of the Kurdistan Region

Kurdistan United Workers Union (KUWU) has formally established a women’s committee, with an office in the building of KUWU Erbil. Several women activists from Erbil and Sulaymaniyah were invited to be part of the committee, which will be supported by unionists local NGOs. The aim is to support gender equality and to connect the committee...
Kahramana Week for Women Across Baghdad

Kahramana Week for Women Across Baghdad

From 21-28 March Baghdad was the location for a week full of women’s rights campaigning, organized by Kahramana, the Women’s Rights path of the Iraqi Social Forum, run by Tammuz Organisation. The week kicked off with a Newroz picnic in celebration of the start of spring in the gardens of Abu Nawas near the statue...
Guarantee Me a Safe Environment, I Will Protect Your Rights and Secure Your Freedoms

Guarantee Me a Safe Environment, I Will Protect Your Rights and Secure Your Freedoms

A summary of recommendations of the paper prepared by Shahrazad activists, on the protection of Women Human Rights Defenders in Iraq. In 2017, Iraq weathered trying social and security conditions that left their traces on efforts to secure the freedoms and security of citizens in general, and this goes in particular for Women and Men...
The Final Conference of the Shahrazad Project: Past Accomplishments and Future Goals

The Final Conference of the Shahrazad Project: Past Accomplishments and Future Goals

By Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – December 2017 After nine months of continuous work, including holding seminars, focus groups and providing legal advice to women human rights defenders through the legal clinic in the Shahrazad Center, the activities of the Shahrazad Project concluded with the Shahrazad Conference on 16 December 2017 at the Oil...
The Digital Clinic: A New Resource to Protect Women Activists on Social Media!

The Digital Clinic: A New Resource to Protect Women Activists on Social Media!

By ICSSI Secretariat – November 2017  Women journalists, activists and human rights defenders tend to minimize the importance of protection for their devices and the digital content they use. Hence, most of them currently lack a clear strategy to protect their devices and information. This is a widespread problem and, in a country like Iraq...
The Media’s Role in Electing Women Candidates and Increasing Voter Turnout

The Media’s Role in Electing Women Candidates and Increasing Voter Turnout

By ICSSI Secretariat – November 2017   On 23 October in Baghdad, IWJF held a seminar on the role of the media in supporting women candidates and mobilizing public opinion for their success in elections. With elections coming up soon, alerting voters to those women who are running for office is urgent. The seminar was...
Women are Critical Peacebuilding Actors: Implementing UNSCR-1325 in Iraq

Women are Critical Peacebuilding Actors: Implementing UNSCR-1325 in Iraq

More than 3 years ago, in February 2014, the Government of Iraq launched its National Action Plan on UN Securitiy Council Resolution 1325 (2014-2018). It was the first country in the MENA Region to launch such a program. The Resolution concerns the important role of women in the prevention and resoltion of conflicts, peace negotiationsm...