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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.
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

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 these young activists...
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...
The Arts of Peace Team Launches a New Campaign: “Your Bullets of Joy End Our Joy"

The Arts of Peace Team Launches a New Campaign: “Your Bullets of Joy End Our Joy”

عربي | Arabic  On 24 November 2018, at the Baghdad Academy of Humanities, as part of the Iraqi Social Forum’s 5th season, the Arts of Peace team launched a campaign against indiscriminate gunfire in Baghdad: gunshots are often used as an expression of joy and celebration but also result in...
Decision : 42 COM 7B.66: The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities (Iraq) (C/N 1481)

Decision : 42 COM 7B.66: The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities (Iraq) (C/N 1481)

عربي | Arabic The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 40 COM 8B.16, adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), Welcomes establishment of an inter-ministerial committee for the management of the property, the completion of the Strategy for Water and Land Resources in Iraq (SWLRI) and the recognition of the Iraqi...
A Successful 5th Season of the Iraqi Social Forum Concludes Its Activities in Baghdad

A Successful 5th Season of the Iraqi Social Forum Concludes Its Activities in Baghdad

Arabic | عربي For the first time since its launch in 2013, the annual event of the Iraqi Social Forum extended its activities to last an entire week, demonstrating the impact of 6-years of hard work to improve the lives of all Iraqi people. The season opened with three consecutive...
Registration For the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum is Open!

Registration For the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum is Open!

The Mesopotamian Water Forum is an alternative civil society forum for water, an open space to give voice to those who are marginalized and excluded from the discussion about water management in the Mesopotamian region. It will be held from 5-7 April 2019 in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and...
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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...
2nd Kurdistan Social Forum in Sulaymaniyah With Support of Local and International Officials

2nd Kurdistan Social Forum in Sulaymaniyah With Support of Local and International Officials

عربي | Arabic From 24-25 October 2018 in the city of Sulaymaniyah, the second chapter of the Kurdistan Social Forum (KSF) was written. While the country is anticipating a new government in Baghdad and a new government for the Kurdistan Region following elections last month, civil society activists from across the region participated in the...
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...
A New Campaign Protects the Euphrates from Pollution

A New Campaign Protects the Euphrates from Pollution

Arabic | عربي World Cleanup Day, 15 September, saw the launch of a new campaign by volunteers of the Peace Forum in Ramadi. They plan to defend Euphrates River against pollution, and they have joined up with the Ramadi Police Directorate, Ramadi Municipality and Anbar Environment Directorate, all of whom have shown spectacular support for...
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...
Youth in Babil Address Pollution of the Local Euphrates River Tributary

Youth in Babil Address Pollution of the Local Euphrates River Tributary

The Alyahodia River is a large tributary of the Euphrates, named after the city of Al-Hindiya, and known also as the Babylon Channel. In the past, its banks housed an intersection of cultures and religions which formed a thriving and integrated community. The original name of the river, Judaism River, dates back to 550 BC when...
Iraqi Human Rights Activist Shot Dead in Basra

Iraqi Human Rights Activist Shot Dead in Basra

BBC News A female human rights activist has been shot dead in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, which has seen violent anti-government protests in recent weeks. Video posted online appears to show an unidentified man opening fire at Suad al-Ali as she gets into a car near a supermarket in the Abbasiya area. Another...
First Mesopotamian Water Forum Announced for Sulaymaniyah April 2019 – Call for Contributions!

First Mesopotamian Water Forum Announced for Sulaymaniyah April 2019 – Call for Contributions!

Save the Tigris Campaign and partners announce the first alternative civil society forum for water in Mesopotamia: the Mesopotamian Water Forum will be held from 5-7 April 2019 in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and will involve civil society actors from the states of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria. It will be an open space to...
Water Uprising in Basra: 15 Protestors Lose Their Lives and Political Alliances Are Redrawn

Water Uprising in Basra: 15 Protestors Lose Their Lives and Political Alliances Are Redrawn

Arabic | عربي Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative 11 September, 2018 “Try to drink tap water from anywhere here if you can,” said one of Basra’s tribal sheikhs, addressing the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. “Why do you treat Basra residents as second-class citizens?” The sheikh called on the Iraqi government to apologize for describing...