Thursday, 14 March 2013 03:00

Time for Peace, Stop Violence against Women: The United Nations Marks International Women’s Day

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’.


In Baghdad, the State Minister for Women\'s Affairs, Ms. Ibtihal al-Zaidi, and former and current women members of parliament involved in the ‘Women for Lasting Peace Initiative’ met with UN officials and leaders from the whole political spectrum – including Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak, chairman of the National Alliance Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister\'s Office Hamed Khalif Ahmed – for a roundtable discussion at the UN headquarters on 11 March.


“In the current political climate, it is a strong statement to see women of different political convictions overcoming their differences to speak with one voice to promote a peaceful solution to respond to the protracted political crisis,” remarked the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Gyorgy Busztin, after the event, which also included live music and an exhibition of paintings by young artists.


Mr. Busztin commended the Government of Iraq for endorsing the National Strategy to Eliminate Violence against Women. He also welcomed the launch, on 12 March, of a Violence against Women Data Gathering and Monitoring System, which 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 data to promote evidence-based planning to eradicate violence against women.


“Measurement will help us show the range of problems that women face in Iraq,” said Ms. Frances Guy, UN Women Representative for Iraq. “As government services meet the identified needs, we will be able to measure progress.”

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