Baghdad/Erbil, Iraq, 28 November 2016 – Under the theme “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Step Up for Freedom and Equality”, the United Nations in cooperation with the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government launched the 16 days of Activism campaign against gender-based violence in Iraq.

UNFPA Providing Reproductive Health services and Gender Based Violence Response to Women and Girls in One of the Biggest Sub-Districts in Iraq, Sununi.

Saad Abdulla Convention Centre, 26 November 2015, Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq [Delivered by Mr. Ramanathan Balakrishnan, UNFPA Representative in Iraq]

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Erbil, 28 November 2015 – Kurdistan Region joined the United Nations and the rest of the world on Thursday, 26 November, to mark the start of the world campaign for 16 Days to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence. The 16 days against gender-based violence puts the human rights of women and girls at the centre of the world’s and Iraq’s attention. In Kurdistan region, the campaign of this year brings attention to the difficult situation of displaced girls, women, and their right to education. As the crisis continues to deepen, humanitarian needs among the affected populations are escalating, in particular, for women and girls. Gender-based violence is one of the most significant features of this crisis and has had a major impact on women and girls and their ability and willingness to access education. Girls are particularly vulnerable to multiple forms of violence and the majority are out-of-school, experience growing levels of sexual violence, harassment, early marriage, exploitation and abuse, and are restricted by their families from moving freely.

Baghdad, 25 November 2015 - Iraq joined the United Nations and the rest of the world today to mark the start of the world campaign for 16 Days to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence. The campaign continues until 10 December when the world celebrates Human Rights Day. The 16 days against gender-based violence puts the human rights of women and girls at the center of world and Iraqi attention.

Erbil, 23 April 2014 - UNDP and the Ministry of Interior launched the first database for tracking Domestic and Gender based Violence cases in Kurdistan.

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