Thursday, 26 May 2016 14:32

UN Women Launches ‘We Are Here’ Online Campaign

Campaign encourages women from conflict and post-conflict Nations to share their empowerment stories

Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 24 May 2016 - UN Women Iraq Country Office announced the launch of an online awareness-building and mobilization campaign called “We Are Here”.

“We Are Here” aims to inspire women activists from the region to share their stories with the world and document their roles in building their countries.

The social media campaign seeks inspirational stories in the form of tweets, captions, photos and videos of women from across the region as they participate in building and furthering the political and social fabric of their nations. “We Are Here” will be promoted by UN Women through its social media pages on Facebook and Twitter, as well as through an established network of Pan-Arab media and partner non-governmental organizations.

“There needs to be a concentrated effort from every woman if she wants change”, said Iraqi activist, Tania Gill-Khailany, who recently appeared in a documentary series supported by UN Women.

The announcement comes as UN Women, together with a network of women’s empowerment groups in Iraq hold a press conference in support of the work of women in conflict and post-conflict zones. The event will conclude with a panel discussion looking at the role of women beyond the building of national strategies and negotiations.

The “We Are Here” social media campaign follows a four-year UN Women programme entitled: “Citizenship, Leadership and Participation: New pathways for Arab Women” and the release of a series of documentaries filmed in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Palestine and Yemen, where women spoke of their involvement in projects aimed at enhancing their abilities to participate in civil work, political negotiations, parliamentary elections and proceedings, as well as peace-building initiatives. The programme was generously support the ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Paulina Chiwangu
UN Women Iraq Country Deputy Representative
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