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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Baghdad, 13 November 2014 - In an event hosted on Thursday, 13 November 2014, at the Sheraton Hotel in Baghdad, the Iraqi Women’s Network celebrated the anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325, its significance in the lives of women living in armed conflicts, and their future aspirations.

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GENEVA (25 September 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday condemned ISIL’s brutal, cold-blooded slaying of Iraqi human rights defender Sameera Salih Ali Al-Nuaimy, who was publicly executed by a masked firing squad in front of the Governorate building in central Mosul earlier this week, as well as the continuing detention, sexual exploitation and sale of hundreds of women and girls in areas captured by ISIL.

Erbil, 7 September, 2014 – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) High Council of Women’s Affairs (HCWA) together with UNICEF, Heartland Alliance International, and Wadi, and in collaboration with UN Women and UNFPA, released this week results of a first-ever ‘knowledge, attitudes and practices’ (KAP) survey on the root causes of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) and convened a conference to share vital information and recommendations to fully eliminate the practice from the region.

Baghdad, 2 September 2014 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq is closely following the completion of the government formation process.  During his meetings with the Iraqi political leaders, he consistently encouraged them to ensure a fair representation of women and minority communities of Iraq in the new government.

Baghdad, 2 June 2014 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov said he was horrified by the murder last week of a teenage bride in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 

Erbil, 27 April 2014 - UNWomen today launched a report on gender based violence amongst Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  The study found increased levels of intimate partner violence; high levels of sexual harassment by employers and by taxi drivers; and significant numbers of reports of sexual commercial transactions inside and outside camps.  Almost all men reported feeling afraid for the safety of their wives and daughters. 

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