On the occasion of International Women's Day and on behalf of UN Women I salute the resilient women and girls of Iraq.

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Baghdad, Iraq, 07 March 2016 - UN Women, in partnership with the Women Parliamentary Committee, organized a high-level event today at the Council of Representatives (Parliament) in Baghdad to mark International Women’s Day.

01 March 2016 - The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq’s (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO), with support from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Government of Canada, has provided US$180,000 in grants to eight civil society organisations that are working with survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in internally displaced persons’ (IDP) camps and host communities in Iraq.

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Baghdad, 05 October 2015 – UNAMI today held an Open Forum on UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 with Iraqi women leaders and civil society representatives to assess progress and identify ways to better accelerate action on implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

Iraq - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) yesterday (21/09) facilitated the relocation of 65 women and children from Dohuk to Erbil to Baden-Württemberg, Germany. These beneficiaries are taking part in the German-funded Humanitarian Admissions Programme, which with support from IOM, seeks to facilitate the safe and orderly movement of vulnerable survivors of the Iraq conflict to Germany.

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Erbil, 28th January 2015: The United Nations Humanitarian community concluded 2-day training with local NGO partners and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), primarily women’s groups working in central and south Iraq. The training titled, ‘Protection and Gender Mainstreaming in Humanitarian Action: Strengthening Response’ was the first initiative of its kind aimed at strengthening partnerships between civil society groups in responding to the specific needs of internally displaced women, girls, boys and men.

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Baghdad, 26 November 2014 – At the launch of the ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence’ between 25 November and 10 December, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov said “My wholehearted thoughts go on that day particularly to the hundreds of abducted women and girls who are suffering unspeakable abuses and atrocities by terrorist groups”.  “They are Iraq’s bleeding wound”, he acknowledged, committing to the United Nations’ continued advocacy to obtain their release and to support the Government of Iraq’s in its efforts to bring them back home. 

25 November 2014-
Your Excellences,
Your Excellency Eng. Bayan Noori Towfiq, Minister for Women’s Affairs,
Honorable Members of Parliament and Heads of Blocs,
Honorable Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps,
Distinguished Civil Society Representatives,
Distinguished Guests,
Colleagues in the United Nations family,

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25 November 2014 - Sexual and gender-based violence is the most extreme form of the global and systemic inequality experienced by women and girls.

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Erbil, 14 November 2014- “I am convinced that Iraqi women have a stronger role to play in the society,” says Sahar Maloud Jabbar, an elected Councilor from Salah Al-Din. She received her graduation certificate from UN Women Representative in Iraq Frances Guy after completing a one week training programme designed to increase the effectiveness of newly elected women representatives in local councils.

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