Tag Archives | Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV)

KRG, UNFPA tackling Gender-Based Violence

The Department of Media and Information (DMI) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to promote ending gender-based violence and youth participation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The event was also attended by the Head of KRG Department of Foreign Relations, […]

First Gender-Based Violence Strategic Plan launched in Iraq

The Ministry of Health in Iraq, together with the World Health Organization (WHO), launched the first Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Strategic Plan 2022-2026 on 31 January 2022. The plan will provide the strategic vision and the operational directions for better implementation and coordination of sustainable interventions related to the health system response to GBV to reduce […]

France Contributes $1.5m for Women's Protection in Iraq

France Contributes US$ 1.539 M for Women Protection Services through UNFPA Programmes in Iraq The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Iraq welcomes the French Government's new contribution of US$ 1,539,000 to strengthen the prevention of and response to gender-based violence in Anbar, Baghdad, Basra, and Nineveh governorates. The new commitment will focus on increasing […]

SafeYou App: Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Kurdistan

UNFPA, MOI KRI launch SafeYou App, helping women and girls in Kurdistan be protected from gender-based violence The Ministry of Interior in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the General Directorate of Combatting Violence against Women and Families (DGCVAW) and UNFPA have launched the SafeYou application in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The SafeYou application helps […]

Enhancing Services to Women and Girls in Anbar

UNFPA, Anbar Governorate Sign Framework to Enhance Services to Women and Girls UNFPA Representative to Iraq, Dr Rita Columbia, and the Governor of Anbar, Mr Ali Farhan Al-Dulaimi, signed a Joint Cooperation Framework on Sunday to increase access to services responding to gender-based violence and protecting women and girls in Anbar. The agreement will be […]

First Women's Protection Centre in Diwaniyah

The Governorate of Diwaniyah and UNFPA inaugurated today the first Women Protection Centre in the Governorate, with funding from Canada and Sweden. The Centre will offer psychosocial and legal assistance,  medical counselling and protection for survivors of gender-based violence. Women and girls will be able to benefit from special programmes on empowerment, life skills and […]

Agreement to Support Women in Qadisiyah

UNFPA and Qadisiyah Governorate signed a cooperation agreement on Tuesday to scale up the support to girls and women in the governorate. The agreement signed by Dr Rita Columbia, UNFPA Representative, and Mr Zuhair Ali Al-Shaalan, the Governor of Qadisiyah will ensure that women and girls have access to protection and proper services to respond […]

$3m for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Iraq

The Country Director of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Iraq, Mr Lee Dong Hyun and UNFPA Representative to Iraq, Dr Rita Columbia, signed a two-year agreement of 3 million dollars, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Environment and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. This new grant will go towards assisting […]

CERF contributes $1.6m to UNFPA in Iraq

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) contributed US$ 1.6 million to UNFPA for two years to provide integrated sexual reproductive health (SRH) and gender-based violence (GBV) interventions in Iraq. The funding will strengthen the capacity of national actors, in particular women empowerment organisations, in their response to gender-based violence following a survivor-centred approach and will […]

Japan Invests Additional $600k for Life-Saving Services in Iraq

Japan Invests Additional US$ 607,500 for Life-Saving Maternal and Protection Services The Government of Japan approved an additional US$607,500 to support the continuation of reproductive health and gender-based violence-related services provided by UNFPA. In 2020, Japan contributed US$ 1.3 Million to increase the utilisation, access, and continuation of life-saving, survivor-centred, multi-sectoral gender-based violence and sexual […]

"Shadow Pandemic" of Domestic Violence across Iraq

By John Lee. As reports of gender-based violence (GBV) rise across Iraq, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) warns that a shadow pandemic is spreading across the country and is calling for support to women and girls to be rapidly scaled-up. More here. (Source: IRC)

US continues to fund GBV Prevention in Iraq

UNHCR welcomes the new generous contribution from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration towards UNHCR's Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention and response activities for internally displaced persons, returnees, and refugees in Iraq. GBV remains a major area of concern to UNHCR and is generally underreported due to social stigma, fear […]