Two days later on 27 November, the United Nations in Iraq held a Programme & Arts Exhibit featuring various artwork on women empowerment by the “Fananoo Al-Iraq (Artists of Iraq) Syndicate” including a dance drama titled “Anta wa Heya (You and Her),” a musical performance by Mohammed Al-Attar rendering five local songs on the “aud” (guitar/lute), plus a display of the artists’ paintings and photographs of women and girls.
In his remarks at the Programme, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Political Affairs Mr. Gyorgy Busztin stressed, “More women are needed in politics, security and law enforcement institutions – and women need access to decent jobs and economic opportunities.”
“A more complex approach needs to be taken into account – there is need for education programmes that teach human rights, equality and mutual respect, and inspire young people to take leadership on ending violence against women and girls,” stressed DSRSG Busztin on addressing gender-based violence including violence against women.
Mr. Buzstin noted that “all forms of violence against women and girls relate to negative practices, poverty, illiteracy and inadequate representation and participation of women in politics, security and legal institutions.” He cited statistics showing that women and girls continue to be “disproportionately the majority of the victims and survivors of gender-based violence including domestic violence, honor killings, female genital mutilation and early and forced marriage.”
The Programme was attended by Iraqi officials and other UN Iraq leaders including UN Women Country Director Frances Guy who, in her EVAW Day message, highlighted the need for continuing action on EVAW, and for the creation of the appropriate framework enabling women to enjoy physical safety as well as economic security. “It is crucial that all Iraqis support this important goal,” Ms. Guy had stressed.