Thursday, 10 March 2016 20:12

Calls for Supporting Women and Girls in Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Erbil, Iraq, 10 March 2016 - UN Women, in partnership with the High Council of Women Affairs (HCOWA), organised an event today in Erbil to mark this year’s International Women’s Day.

The event brought together civil society representatives and government officials as part of UN Women’s longer term efforts to support coalition building of women leaders and civil society that are committed and capable of establishing peaceful and stable communities.

The Secretary General of the High Council of Women Affairs, Mrs. Pakhshan Zangana, reiterated in opening remarks the Council’s support for all those “who were victimized by the heinous assaults of extremist and armed groups and terror”. Mrs. Zangana added: “These women are the symbol of honour, endurance and persistence”.

Mrs. Zangana cited the Council’s commitment to work closely with other departments from the government, parliament and other state actors in developing plans and projects to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

The UN Women Representative in Iraq, Ms. Hiba Qasas, highlighted the centrality of gender equality and women’s empowerment for sustainable development.

Ms. Qasas announced the launch of two new programmes to support women’s livelihoods in areas of displacement, including newly liberated areas and the implementation of the 1325 National Action Plan in response to the call for action by the HCOWA and civil society.

Ms. Qasas called on all actors to intensify efforts in support of women and girls reiterating that the humanitarian challenges and needs “remain greater than the response ability”.

For more information, please contact:
Hiba Qasas
UN Women Representative, UN Women Iraq
Tel: +964 790 192 9401; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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