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In the words of Samar Muhareb: “Every woman should feel the impact of the National Action Plan on her daily life”

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Samar Muhareb is the Chief Executive Officer of Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD), a Jordan-based NGO she co-founded in 2008 in response to the Iraqi refugee crisis.

EU, UN Women review programme for Syrian women, girls and host communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey

Thursday, December 10, 2020

In collaboration with the European Union (EU), UN Women organised a regional partner event to present lessons learned from its programme “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey” funded through the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syria Crisis, the ‘MADAD’ fund.

In the words of Rama: “I have realized half of my dreams. Now I need to realize the other half”

Monday, August 17, 2020

In 2015, Rama*, who was then 16 years old, sought protection from her husband at a women’s shelter run by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. This is one of four shelters supported by UN Women’s regional programme “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey,” funded by the European Union Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis (the EU Madad Fund).

In the words of Suz: “I was on the verge of collapse, now I am starting my life anew”

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Suz*, 32, was forced to marry against her will at the age of 15. In 2015, she ran away from her husband and sought refuge in a shelter managed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Despite the risks, Sarin Abdallah is determined to keep sheltered women safe

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Sarin Abdallah, a 33 year-old psychologist from the Sulaymaniyah Governorate in Iraq, visited a women’s shelter* in Kurdistan for the first time in 2012 while accompanying a colleague who was doing research on the facility’s services. Because the center was located in the district where she grew up, Sarin quickly developed a connection with it and applied for a six-month internship. After the internship, she was appointed as a psychosocial counsellor at the shelter.

Despite compounding challenges, women in Iraq play vital roles in the country’s COVID-19 response

Monday, July 6, 2020

Despite the unprecedented challenges, Iraqi women are playing vital roles in the country’s COVID-19 response, serving as leaders, health and social workers, and responders to domestic and gender-based violence.

In the words of Tanya Gilly Khailany: “When it comes to women’s rights, there’s no room for diplomacy”

Friday, October 19, 2018

Tanya Gilly Khailany, from Iraqi-Kurdistan, is a former member of the Iraqi Parliament (2006 – 2010) and a co-founder of the SEED Foundation, an organization that works with survivors of violence and trafficking in Iraq. An outspoken women’s rights activist, Ms. Gilly Khailany was one of the key parliamentarians who legislated the 25 per cent quota for women in Iraqi provincial councils.

UN Women meets with Women Leaders and Civil Society Organizations in Baghdad

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

UN Women meets with Women Leaders and Civil Society Organizations in Baghdad

International Women’s Day: calls for greater representation in decision-making as Iraqi women continue to suffer from the crisis

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

UN Women, in partnership with the Women Parliamentary Committee, organized a high-level event today at the Council of Representatives (Parliament) in Baghdad to mark International Women’s Day.

Government of Iraq and United Nations Signs $ 2.5 million Joint Program to Enhance “Economic Development of Rural Women in Iraq”

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hon State Minister for Women Affairs Engr Baiyan Nouri and UN Women Representative Dr. Syed Sadiq in partnership with FAO, UNFPA and UNESCO signed the Government of Iraq and the United Nations Joint Project on “Socio-Economic Development of Rural Women”.

Arab and European parliamentarians to meet at ‘Spring Forward for Women’ Conference

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Brussels — The European Commission, the European Parliament and UN Women this morning kicked off the two-day Spring Forward for Women conference at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Conference brings together women lawmakers from the Arab States and Members of the European Parliament. Participants will share their experiences in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in both the European Union and the Arab States.

A day in the life of Suaad Allami: The plight of Iraqi women refugees

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

An award-winning Iraqi lawyer and activist for women’s rights from Sadr City in Baghdad, Suaad Allami founded the NGO “Women for Progress” in 2007, which manages a legal clinic and “one-stop shop” for legislative advocacy, domestic violence counselling, vocational training and other services. She was invited to speak at this year’s Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security on 28 October, which focuses on displaced women as leaders and survivors. She gives us a glimpse of how thousands of Iraqi women and girls are coping with displacement.

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