Tag Archives | Status of Women

Kobler: Speak with One Voice to Curb Violence Against Women

By Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq. The frightful story of young Malala Yousafzai has shocked the world over the last weeks. This 15-year-old Pakistani girl almost lost her life because she spoke out for the right of girls to go to school. Like many others, I was shaken […]

US Marks Intl Day for Elimination of Violence against Women

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of Iraqi government and civil society leaders on November 26 on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Around the world, violence against women and girls continues to be a serious problem, and women’s rights activists remain […]

No Excuse for Violence Against Women

British Ambassador opens workshop to combat sexual violence As part of a global initiative to prevent violence against women, the British Ambassador to Iraq, Simon Collis, yesterday opened a workshop organised in cooperation with the British Embassy and the Ministry of Interior. A British expert in women’s rights, Harriet Ware-Austin, chaired the workshop which was […]

START Concludes Pilot Women's Skills Programme

By John Lee. Under the management of the US Consulate General in Erbil, the START Social Development Organisation concluded a five-month pilot programme established to empower women and provide key skills. The Kurdistan Economic Enhancement-skills Programme (KEEP) is funded by the US Department of State and is currently available in the rest of the country. […]

Video: Widows Use New Skills for New Life

By John Lee. Many Iraqi widows face incredible hardships, lacking the education and job skills needed to make a new life. To provide new skills and sustainable incomes to the widowed members of Zanapiq Al-Hakal Association in Ninawa, the USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program provided breeding sheep along with training in how to breed and raise them. […]

IWPR Iraq Boosts Women's Media Skills

By Farah Ali. This article was originally published by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, iwpr.net, and it is reproduced by Iraq Business News with permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News Fourteen Iraqi women have undergone specialised IWPR training in […]

KRG participates in UN Commission on Status of Women

The KRG will participate in the inauguration ceremony of the United Nations' 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women for the first time, with the participation of more than 190 countries. Dindar Zebari told Iraqi News agency: “The meeting will evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate […]

Women’s Empowerment Organization Offers Leadership Lessons

Ms. Suzan Aref, Director of the Women’s Empowerment Organization (WEO) in Erbil, recently gave a lesson in leadership to 45 students at the Mar Qaradakh School in Erbil. This school, which offers English language and computer training courses, is sponsored by the Start Social Development Organization in collaboration with the United States Consulate in Erbil. […]

Supporting Entrepreneurship in Iraq – The Challenge of Translating Mandates to Action

By T. Keyzom Ngodup, co-founder and Executive Director at Ideas sYnergy, an Iraq based private sector development consulting company. Most development agendas for Iraq putatively support entrepreneurship and the need to support private sector development through its focus on the growing number of unemployed youth in the country. UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) recently […]