Program Facts

Title of Project
Women Leading the Way to Inclusive Peace in Iraq
Donor/Partner Cordaid and UKAID
Project Duration 01 April 2022 – 31 July 2022 4 Months
Location(s) Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI)
Main Objective(s)

Our project’s primary objective was to empower women, particularly in the realms of politics, governance, civil society, and peace initiatives in Iraq. Anchored in the principles of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (SCR 1325), the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda, and the Iraq National Action Plan (INAP), our activities were designed to foster gender equality and enhance female participation in decision-making processes crucial for sustainable peace.

Our efforts began with targeted interventions aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills of women within the five major political parties in Duhok. Through tailored training and networking opportunities, we aimed to elevate their roles within political structures, whether in the Kurdistan Regional Parliament or as candidates in upcoming elections.

Additionally, we conducted Training of Trainers (ToT) sessions to empower women activists associated with women’s rights and feminist NGOs. These sessions equipped participants with the tools to further disseminate knowledge and awareness within their communities and organizations.

Recognizing the growing threat of cyber-attacks and harassment targeting youth, especially young women aged 15-24, we implemented training and awareness programs focused on safe internet usage and cyber protection strategies.

Our project culminated in a pivotal one-day conference titled “Strengthening the Role of Women in the Political Process in the Kurdistan Region,” held on July 28 at the Divan Hotel in Erbil. The conference provided a platform for diverse stakeholders, including governmental bodies, NGOs, political parties, media, and civil society representatives, to come together and advocate for greater female inclusion in governance, leadership, and peace-building endeavors. With 128 participants from various sectors in attendance, the conference facilitated insightful discussions and highlighted the importance of women’s participation in decision-making processes.

The event featured keynote addresses from esteemed figures such as Dr. Khanzad Ahmed, Secretary General of the High Council for Women and Development for the Kurdistan Regional Government, and Dr. Vian Suleiman, Representative of Women’s NGOs in the Kurdistan Region. Two-panel discussions, moderated by civil society and media experts, delved into topics such as enhancing political participation and the role of NGOs in fostering women’s engagement in the political sphere.

Notably, the conference exceeded initial attendance projections, drawing interest from a broader spectrum of stakeholders, including representatives from minority political parties and government advisory bodies. The outcomes and recommendations from the conference will be disseminated to key stakeholders, including governmental bodies, UN agencies, NGOs, media outlets, and donors, to drive further action and policy initiatives.

In conclusion, our project has made significant strides in advancing gender equality and amplifying the voices of women in Iraq’s political landscape. Through collaborative efforts and targeted interventions, we remain committed to realizing a more inclusive and peaceful society for all.

Enhance Awareness Among Law Enforcement: Our aim is to ensure that law enforcement agencies in Nienwa are well-versed in the legal dimensions of cybercrimes, with a particular focus on electronic extortion targeting women and girls.

Empower the Local Community: We seek to equip the Ninewa-Salamiyah community with the necessary legal knowledge to respond effectively when women and girls become victims of electronic blackmail. This involves understanding the appropriate procedures and actions to take in such circumstances.

Published On: February 29th, 2024 / Categories: Advocacy, Programs /