Baghdad, 25 November 2013 – On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) today, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, used the opportunity to appeal to Iraqi leaders to “take concrete steps to enact and enforce laws which prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV), including holding perpetrators accountable, and to create a framework for better outcomes for women and communities.”
(New York, 21 November) - In her first message as UN Women Executive Director for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls on the international community to be ‘part of creating solutions” to the pandemic of violence against women and girls, which today impacts one in three women worldwide. The International Day to End Violence against Women is commemorated worldwide on 25 November. The Day also kicks off the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, whereby individuals and groups mobilize and call for the elimination of violence against women and girls. This year’s official theme is “Orange the World in 16 Days”.
Summer is not a synonym for holidays, at least not for the group of women leaders and MPs from the Women for Lasting Peace Initiative that met with UN representatives in Baghdad on 17 July 2013.
Baghdad, 9 May 2013 - The UN Iraq congratulates the three winners of the first edition of its contest for Iraqi women journalists. The stories submitted by Suha Audah, Enas Jabbar and Shatha al-Shabibi were selected by the jury as representing best the challenges faced by Iraqi women in their daily lives.
During a recent visit to IHEC, a UNAMI delegation led by SRSG Martin Kobler was encouraged to see efforts to include more women in the political process. While the UN team was going around the IHEC’s Data Entry Centre (DEC), for example, they could not miss the large number of women, busily working on the computers. Indeed, “with 38 percent women, the DEC is one of the most gender-balanced sections in IHEC,” the head of the International Electoral Assistance Team, Mr. Jose Maria Aranaz confirmed. SRSG Kobler also praised the increasing presence of women in the political arena, underlining that 26.5 percent of the candidates in the governorate council elections are women.
The launch on 12 March of a Violence against Women Data Gathering and Monitoring System by the Ministry of Planning marked the successful conclusion of a joint effort by different ministries and non-governmental organizations, with the technical support of the United Nations, to establish a system to provide public and updated data to promote evidence-based planning to eradicate violence against women.
Baghdad, 14 March 2013 – The United Nations marked the International Women’s Day through a series of activities across Iraq under the theme of ‘Time for Peace, Stop Violence against Women’.
A long way to go to achieve MDG 5
Baghdad, 18 March 2013- WHO - “Less than three years remain until the 2015 deadline to achieve the United Nation\'s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Over the last two decades, slow but sustained progress has been made in improving maternal health (MDG 5) in Iraq” said Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain, the representative of WHO in Iraq.