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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.
Baghdad Council for Social Cohesion holds Inaugural Workshop with Environment and Water Masar

Baghdad Council for Social Cohesion holds Inaugural Workshop with Environment and Water Masar

On 12 January 2019, the Baghdad Council for Social Cohesion held its first workshop with the Environment and Water masar (path) of the Iraqi Social Forum. The workshop focused on water and environmental pollution challenges. In attendance were 15 trainees from the Baghdad Council as well as representatives of the...
I Have A Dream, I Have A Bicycle 2

I Have A Dream, I Have A Bicycle 2

عربي | Arabic Baraa Mahmoud, Sport Against Violence organization Cycling is one of the most accessible sports, great for staying healthy, and can even boost energy. For the second consecutive year, Babylon Tower Foundation in cooperation with the Sport Against Violence organization held the “I Have A Dream, I Have...
Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: What Are the Threats to Water Quality and River Health in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin?

Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: What Are the Threats to Water Quality and River Health in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin?

From 6-8 April 2019 the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum will take place at the University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. A unique space for open and public dialogue about the status and access of bodies of water in the Mesopotamia. This event will be an important opportunity to...
Youth and Children at the Habbaniyah camp for IDPs Enjoy a Day of  Sports and Arts

Youth and Children at the Habbaniyah camp for IDPs Enjoy a Day of Sports and Arts

Arabic | عربي On 23 February 2019, a sports and arts event took place at the Habbiniyah camp for IDPs. Children and youth gathered to enjoy a day of fun, including foot races, expressive dance and drawing. The event was organized by the Iraqi Social Forum’s Arts of Peace and...
Baghdad Meeting of Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative  Marks 10 Years of Solidarity in Action

Baghdad Meeting of Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Marks 10 Years of Solidarity in Action

Arabic | عربي Not since the anti-war demonstrations of 2003, has Baghdad witnessed the presence of 50 internationals in the so-called “Red Zone”, without armed surveillance, standing in solidarity with Iraqi human rights and peace activists. Times have changed and today engagement and long-term collaboration with Iraqis, in Iraq, is...
Urim Workshop Highlights the Role of Civil Society in the Protection of the Iraqi Cultural Heritage

Urim Workshop Highlights the Role of Civil Society in the Protection of the Iraqi Cultural Heritage

عربي | Arabic  The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) In recent years, Iraqi civil society has witnessed a number of local and international initiatives to protect Iraq’s cultural heritage. These initiatives have been spearheaded by young people interested in Iraqi civilization, which spans thousands of years. The efforts of...
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An Alternative Vision For the Iraqi National Budget

An Alternative Vision For the Iraqi National Budget

عربي | Arabic The role of civil society is not limited merely to highlighting societal problems: it must propose valid alternatives to the status quo in order to assist public authorities to bring about real change. Given this, activists from the Iraqi Social Forum will carry out and publish research based on proposals from Iraqi...
Religious and Social Tensions are Eased When A Brave Musician Follows His Dream

Religious and Social Tensions are Eased When A Brave Musician Follows His Dream

Arabic | عربي “Music is the only language that all humans can understand for it refines the mind and the soul; it’s the only language that knocks on the doors of human emotions”  — Ali Al-khafaf,32 years old, Al-Najaf city Ali, an ambitious young man who believes that music is a benevolent human force, dreamed...
10 Years of Solidarity in Action!

10 Years of Solidarity in Action!

Arabic | عربي Acting together, we grow stronger and do more! Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference for Strategic Planning For the first time in its 10-year history, ICSSI convenes in Baghdad. 31 January – 1 February 2019 For decades, solidarity with Iraq has been an important issue and has engaged internationals who know and love...
Najaf Social Forum Holds 4 Events on Youth and Peacemaking

Najaf Social Forum Holds 4 Events on Youth and Peacemaking

Arabic | عربي 17 November 2018 In just one week, the Najaf Social Forum organized 4 different and exciting events. The first took place on 26 September and built upon a ceremony commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. People gathered together under the Bridge of the Revolution of 1920...
Iraqi and British activists protest BP’s sponsorship of Assyrian exhibition

Iraqi and British activists protest BP’s sponsorship of Assyrian exhibition

Arabic | عربي Middle East Eye Oscar Rickett 7 November 2018 The British Museum’s latest show is a celebration of Iraqi culture. Why is an oil giant accused of exploiting Iraq sponsoring it, protesters ask. British Iraqi activists protest BP’s sponsorship of an ancient Iraqi exhibition at the British Museum (Kristian Buus) LONDON – Activists staged...
Join Us for the 5th Season of The Iraqi Social Forum!

Join Us for the 5th Season of The Iraqi Social Forum!

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...
Youth Water Activists Announce “Euphrates Protectors” in Nasiriyah!

Youth Water Activists Announce “Euphrates Protectors” in Nasiriyah!

عربي | Arabic 20 passionate youth activists from cities along the Euphrates River have established a network of Humat Al-Forat, “Euphrates Protectors”, a new offshoot of Humat Dijlah (Tigris Protectors) Organisation. From 2-3 November in Nasiriyah these activists from Basra, Hilla, Najaf, Nasiriyah and Anbar gathered together with youth from Amara, Diyala to announce the...
Joint statement on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

Joint statement on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

Arabic | عربي Human security requires environmental security Joint statement on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, November 6 2018 Original statement here Today, our group of concerned civil society organisations, which includes academics, experts and scientists, are calling for the international community to enhance the...
Fact-Finding team report on the Humanitarian Situation in Basra

Fact-Finding team report on the Humanitarian Situation in Basra

عربي | Arabic  On 17 October 2018, a civil society Fact-Finding Team revealed serious human rights violations against citizens in Basra for their participation in this past summer’s protests. These findings correspond with Iraq’s High Commission for Human Rights, which found that between 1 August and 7 September, 20 people were killed, 492 people were...
Mystery Over Thousands of Dead Carp in Euphrates River

Mystery Over Thousands of Dead Carp in Euphrates River

Arabic | عربي  The New Arab, 3 November 2018 Iraqi fish farmers south of Baghdad have been left reeling after finding thousands of dead carp mysteriously floating in their cages or washed up on the banks of the Euphrates. Piles of the dead silvery fish, along with a few car tyres and plastic bags, could...
Dukan Hosts Its Second ‘Sports Against Violence’ Camp

Dukan Hosts Its Second ‘Sports Against Violence’ Camp

Shahad Qusay, 20 years old, had her first volunteering experience with Sports Against Violence (SAV) last year in a camp the organization hosted in Dukan. Shahad attends the University of Baghdad – College of Physical Education and works in parallel with her studies to support her family. She found an excellent opportunity to learn and...
North-South Exchange II for Iraqi Water Activists in Sulaymaniyah

North-South Exchange II for Iraqi Water Activists in Sulaymaniyah

عربي | Arabic In March 2018 a North-South exchange between Iraqi and Kurdish water activists took place in Southern Iraq with a Kurdish delegation touring the Marshlands. This fostered new collaboration between environmental groups in Kurdistan Region and in the Center/South of Iraq. In September, this visit was reciprocated with a visit to Sulaymaniyah Governorate...