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SRSG Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert visits Mosul, Iraq

On 28 January 2019, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert met with local authority members in Mosul including the Deputy Governor, the Provincial Council Chair, his Deputy and a number of Provincial Council Members, as well as the Mayor of Mosul. SRSG Hennis-Plasschaert discussed ways in which the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the United Nations in general can assist the local authorities and people of Ninewa in their efforts to return their lives to normal. The SRSG also discussed ways of enhancing and strengthening cooperation and coordination with the local authorities for UN activities in the area.

29th January 2019, Baghdad, Iraq - The Special Adviser of the United Nations Investigative Team for the Accountability of Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD) Karim A. A. Khan QC today extended his sympathy at the passing of the Emir of the Yazidi community, Tahseen Said Beg, in Hanover, Germany. The Special Adviser stated:

Sulaimaniyah, 16-17 and Duhok Iraq 23-24 December 2018 – The Erbil Human Rights Office (HRO) at the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) successfully ran a two-day training, titled UN Mechanisms for the Protection of Women and Minorities, for a number of participants from NGOs and the Directorate of Following-up Violence against Women in Sulaimaniyah and Duhok. The participants represented civil society organizations, being activists and advocators of women and minorities rights in the Kurdistan Region.

The course, which trained 24 participants (16 women and 8 men) in Sulaimaniyan and 25 participants (12 Women and 13 Men) in Duhok, aimed at enhancing the knowledge of participants on the United Nations human rights protection system, conventions and tools concerning women and minorities, and relevant international and domestic laws in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. The course also examined issues such as gender and sexual based violence and conflict-related sexual violence.

"We appreciate the role of the UNAMI Human Rights Office to open such productive and informative courses for us, activities that enhance our capacities and increase our knowledge of the UN mechanisms and provide us with further understanding of protection tools for women," said Mohammed Wahduddin, Director of Media and Relations at the Directorate of Follow-up Violence against Women in Sulaymaniyah.

Ms. Parwar Ibrahim, from Kurdistan for All organization, meanwhile noted: “I would like to thank UNAMI for this training. It was truly significant since it was my first time being involved in an intensive human rights training, I gained very fruitful information. In addition to this, the participant groups belonged to NGOs and the public sector, a structural mixture which helps to bring in coordination and cooperation between both groups thereby jointly working to reach suitable solutions for the existing violations against women.”

Mr. Abdulrahman Taib from Roshingary Organization for Practicing Democracy in Duhok highly appreciated the training content stating:” the course truly enriched our knowledge and performance in addressing sexual and gender based violence from International Human Rights perspectives. It will undoubtedly bring in improvements in NGOs and relevant public sectors approach in that end.”

UNAMI HRO Human Rights Officer, Mr. Zito Siany opened the courses by noting that the presence of NGOs, Human Rights activists and officers of the Directorate of Follow-up Violence against Women are tremendously significant in defending women rights and preventing violence against them.

Women's Advisory Group on Reconciliation and Politics in Iraq inaugurated today in Baghdad

Women's Advisory Group on Reconciliation and Politics in Iraq inaugurated in Baghdad

Baghdad, 24 January 2019 – The Women's Advisory Group (WAG) on Reconciliation and Politics, which was established in October 2018 with the support of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), was officially inaugurated today in Baghdad.

Baghdad, 24 January 2019 – The Women's Advisory Group (WAG) on Reconciliation and Politics, which was established in October 2018 with the support of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), was officially inaugurated today in Baghdad.

24 January 2019 - Today we celebrate the first International Day of Education.

Education transforms lives. As United Nations Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai once said: “one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world”. Nelson Mandela rightly called education “the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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