Saturday, 13 May 2017 14:26

Supported by the government of Japan, UN Women launches the Gender and Conflict Analysis Study in Iraq

Erbil, Iraq, 13 May 2017 – On Sunday, 14th May 2017, UN Women, the UN agency for gender equality and the empowerment of women, will co-launch in partnership with Oxfam and the Akfar Society, the gender and conflict analysis in ISIL affected communities in Iraq. This analysis has been made possible with generous support from the Japanese Government through UN Women’s LEAP Program, a program that supports livelihood, resilience, safe spaces, protection services and legal aid for women IDPs, returnees, and individuals in host communities. This analysis comes at a critical juncture for the local and international community in terms of responding appropriately to the needs of women, girls, men and boys for humanitarian programming and interventions in conflict settings.



The conflict in Iraq has continued to have profound humanitarian consequences throughout the country. Nearly one third of Iraq’s population, 10 million people need help and 3.4 million Iraqis have fled their homes, are living in camps and settlement sites and 3 million more are living under ISIL controlled areas. Countless people have been brutalized in some of the most horrific violence in the world. The situation of women and girls, who have been captured and enslaved, and are subjected to sexual slavery is heart breaking. Indiscriminate bombings, killings, abductions, rape, looting and expulsion are common in hard-hit areas and sectarian violence is threatening to tear communities apart. The deteriorating situation of women’s rights and gender equality is worrisome and remains a major concern.

This analysis seeks to shed light on tailoring humanitarian programming and interventions through the lens of gender and conflict so that the most impacted populations’ needs are met. UN Women and its partners desire to continue informing humanitarian programming and interventions through evidence based research approaches and welcomes additional funding for this important endeavor.

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  • Agency: UNWomen
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