25th, November 2016, Iraq –Today marks International Day to End Violence Against Women and also marks the launch of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. 16 days of activism is an international campaign that starts on the 25th of November, and ends on 10th of December with Human Rights Day.
23rd November 2016 – Erbil – On a UN Women emergency mission near eastern Mosul, the destruction of the war against ISIL was evident through numerous destroyed homes, shops, and deserted land for what used to be a thriving community filled with livelihood activities.
This is a continuation of a series of articles that are focusing on providing a Voice for Dignity in our Humanity. Through these articles, UN Women Iraq is lending a voice for advocacy of women and girls who have been silenced and restricted for more than two years by ISIS rule in Mosul. Part 2 focuses on the story of the Ahmad family and a University Graduate, whom I shall refer to as Fatima.
When the UN Women Iraq team visited an IDP camp to distribute urgent necessity kits, one little nine year old girl, whom I will call Aisha caught my attention. She ran up to me crying. I found out that she was among the mass wave of IDPs who recently arrived from Mosul to the IDP camp that day.
29 October, 2016, Iraq - UN Women has joined partners in providing emergency assistance in camps and host communities impacted by the Mosul operations. Since the Mosul operations began on 17 October 2016, the humanitarian crisis has deepened, with more than 15,000 individuals displaced and an anticipated 1.2 million expected as the operations continue.
Baghdad, Iraq, 29 October 2016 – At a conference in Baghdad on violence against women, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq Ján Kubiš said the United Nations continues to stand in solidarity with the female victims of Daesh crimes and insists on full accountability for atrocities perpetrated by the terrorist group. He called for the adoption of the Family Protection bill by the Iraqi parliament and urged that women be part of the post-Daesh political, stabilization and reconstruction efforts.
Baghdad, 27 October 2016 – On the 16th anniversary of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325, a high level conference was held in Baghdad that primarily assessed progress made towards implementing the Iraqi National Action Plan on 1325.
ERBIL, 25 October, 2016— As Iraqi civilians are fleeing the ongoing conflict in Mosul, UNFPA Iraq has stepped up its response and delivered reproductive health (RH) services to women and girls in Iraq.
Statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, to the United Nations Population Fund, on the Protection of Women and Girls in Mosul
REPORT from UN Children's Fund, UN Women
Baghdad, Iraq, 11th October, 2016 – On the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women and UNICEF would like to recognize the strides made globally in promoting the rights of girls, but also to highlight the challenges left to overcome.