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Dignity for women and girls: UN Women Iraq distributes necessity kits to newly displaced women and girls from Mosul

31 October 2016

UN Women has joined partners in providing emergency assistance in camps and host communities impacted by the Mosul operations. Since the Mosul operations began on 17 October 2016, the humanitarian crisis has deepened, with more than 15,000 individuals displaced and an anticipated 1.2 million expected as the operations continue. More

Civil society advocates forge recommendations ahead of World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

18 May 2016

Governments should ensure refugee women’s participation in decisions that affect them, say participants at UN Women-Oxfam “Women on the Move” workshop. More

From where I stand: Yanar Mohammed

09 May 2016

As part of UN Women’s editorial series entitled “From where I stand”, we highlight the story of Yanar Mohammed, who works to keep vulnerable Iraqi women safe and secure by providing shelters and support. More

The Government of Iraq and UN Women work together for rural women

14 July 2015

To improve the socioeconomic status of rural women and young girls in selected governorates in Iraq, the Government of Iraq and the United Nations signed a USD 2.5 million dollar joint-project on “Socio-Economic Development of Rural Women” on 9 July. More

Arab and European parliamentarians to meet at ‘Spring Forward for Women’ Conference

05 November 2014

Brussels — The European Commission, the European Parliament and UN Women this morning kicked off the two-day Spring Forward for Women conference at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Conference brings together women lawmakers from the Arab States and Members of the European Parliament. Participants will share their experiences in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in both the European Union and the Arab States. More

A day in the life of Suaad Allami: The plight of Iraqi women refugees

28 October 2014

An award-winning Iraqi lawyer and activist for women’s rights from Sadr City in Baghdad, Suaad Allami founded the NGO “Women for Progress” in 2007, which manages a legal clinic and “one-stop shop” for legislative advocacy, domestic violence counselling, vocational training and other services. She was invited to speak at this year’s Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security on 28 October, which focuses on displaced women as leaders and survivors. She gives us a glimpse of how thousands of Iraqi women and girls are coping with displacement. More

Women and girls in Iraq face heightened security and health risks, new Gender Alert shows

26 September 2014

The emergence of the Islamic State armed opposition groups across parts of Iraq in June 2014 has caused widespread violence and insecurity, internally displacing 1.8 million people across the region this year alone. According to a new Gender Alert on the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, the impact on women and girls has been particularly marked; nevertheless, they have been marginalized in the overall humanitarian response. More

Op-ed: Counting the cost to women in Iraq: a matter of global conscience

19 August 2014

As the world marks International Humanitarian Day and the United Nations has designated the crisis in Irak as the highest level of emergency, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urges immediate action that must recognize and respond to the particular needs and experiences of women and girls. More

Expert's take: Bringing light to the darkest places

19 August 2014

Blerta Aliko leads UN Women’s Humanitarian unit and in this piece reflects on the current unending flurry of humanitarian disasters around the world. She underlines that it is in the face of adversity that we see resilience, determination and the power of people’s will to live in dignity and respect, which is what gives humanitarians the strength they need to bring light to the darkest places. More

Executive Director statement on the situation in Iraq

01 July 2014

In a statement on the deteriorating situation in Iraq, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka expressed outrage at the deliberate targeting of women and girls in the country and urged for ‘immediate and urgent steps’ to be taken to ensure the protection of the civilian population, and vulnerable groups. More

Press Release: "We Just Keep Silent": A report on gender-based violence among Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

28 April 2014

UN Women has launched a new report on gender-based violence among Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq which reveals increased levels of intimate partner violence, high levels of sexual harassment by employers and taxi drivers, and a significant number of reports of sexual commercial transactions inside and outside camps. Almost all men also reported feeling afraid for the safety of their wives and daughters. More

“The inclusion of women and gender equality must be an integral part of any political solution and transitional arrangements for Syria” – Executive Director

24 September 2013

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on security and women’s experiences in Egypt, Yemen and Syria, at a General Assembly side event on “Inclusive transition: The role of women in political transition in the MENA region,” New York, 24 September 2013. More

The gender dimension of the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

01 July 2013

As the UN Secretary-General launches the latest annual report on progress towards the MDGs, a look at the impact of each of the eight goals on women and girls, as well as UN Women’s efforts to address remaining challenges. More

With some electoral gains in Iraq, women candidates work towards change

16 May 2013

Amid violence-fraught local and regional elections, in which 14 candidates were killed, 300 women contenders were trained by UN Women and the Iraq Foundation. Many emerged successful and thanks to a quota law, women will probably hold 26 per cent of seats on local councils across Iraq. More

Opening remarks of Michelle Bachelet in her presentation of the Critical Services Initiative

07 March 2013

Opening remarks of Michelle Bachelet, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, in her presentation of the Critical Services Initiative. 7 March 2013, New York. More

Community Radio Expands Dialogue on Women’s Rights in Rural Communities

13 February 2013

Community radio uses the power of the medium, but redefines it to give a voice to the most marginalized communities. It creates a non-commercial platform, where ordinary people in rural communities, often the women of the community, own and produce the content they hear on the radio. More

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