Norway Supports Protection of Women in Iraq

By John Lee.

The Government of Norway has donated NOK 20 million (approximately US$ 2 million) in support of the UNFPA humanitarian programme on gender-based violence across in Iraq.

This contribution is part of a wider NOK 100 million contribution from Norway to UNFPA's Global Humanitarian Action Overview aiming at mitigating, preventing and responding to gender-based violence in humanitarian crises.

In Iraq, UNFPA will utilise the funding for strengthening the capacity of service providers in case management, psychosocial support and mental health and psychosocial support targeting the vulnerable population across Iraq.

The funding will contribute to supporting the current 47 women centres operating in camps and non-camps settings. UNFPA will use this grant to procure dignity kits and the specific kits for the clinical management of rape following the roll-out of the clinic management of rape protocol later in the year.

Dr. Oluremi Sogunro (pictured), UNFPA Representative to Iraq, said:

"Norway is a long-standing contributing partner to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq. We are extremely grateful for the renewed trust in our interventions and programmes. The new contribution will be pivotal for our efforts in responding to the needs of gender-based violence survivors in camps across Iraq, focusing on their mental health and the psychosocial support they deserve."

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

(Source: UNFPA)

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