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Activating Iraqi women’s role highlighted at ‘Alwane’ Regional Summit

Iraq: Tuesday, December 04 - 2012 @ 16:52

The two day summit was attended by over 130 men and women youth, government officials, activists, academics, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and civil society leaders, and the agenda focused on many pressing and vital issues related to women’s status as well as real-life success stories.

Alwane Iraq committee member, Mr. Mohannad Bayaa illustrated that the committee seeks to activate and highlight Iraqi women’s role in all fields.

Politically, Alwane Iraq strives to activate women’s quota on all levels including political parties and provide the needed training for parliamentary candidates as currently women’s quota in the Iraqi House of Representatives is 25% of the total 325 members.

While economically they seek to provide employment opportunities for women and encourage them to actively join the working force in Iraq. The committee is also working on a national advocacy campaign calling for gender equality and supporting women’s rights.

During the Regional Summit Alwane Coalition honored Mr. Naim al-Suhail Presidential Advisor in Iraq and Dr. Sabah El Tamimi, Baghdad Provincial Council member for their diligent and contentious efforts to empower Iraqi women and enhance their role in society in addition to their valuable contribution in The Iraqi Future Search report.

The report effectively provides a broad overview of Iraqi women’s current social position alongside precise objectives and recommendations for the future.

Through several meetings Alwane Iraq held with a number of Iraqi officials Iraq Future search was adopted as a data reference for the National Human development Report, prepared by the Ministry of Planning and UNDP, which will contribute in developing the countries strategy.

The committees meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports resulted in printing 300 copies of the Iraq Future Search to be distributed to all youth forums in Iraq. The report evaluates the past and present status of Iraqi women and comes up with recommendations for a brighter future for women that guarantees their rights and enhances their societal and leadership role.

Alwane Iraq held sessions and seminars to discuss traditional and tribal customs related to women such as forced marriage (Alnahwah), these sessions were held in rural and urban areas in Iraq in addition to many that were held in Amman, Jordan targeting Iraqi immigrants and discussing Iraqi women’s advancement.

The committee also helped defeat some false beliefs prevailing in some remote areas where supposedly women were prohibited from walking in the streets without a veil, young men and women of the Alwane Iraq team roamed the streets of these remote areas in an attempt to unchain the people from fear and create a state of awareness among families and women regarding the importance of women’s participation on all levels in order to achieve the countries’ development and advancement.

During the Regional summit debates, Alwane Iraq presented some recommendations in the the ALWANE 2012 Regional Policy Report which consists of policy recommendations that address the most pressing issues facing women in Alwane countries.

Alwane Iraq recommendations include focusing on the widowed and divorced women segment that has shown a great rise in numbers due to the hard times and conflict that the country encountered and is still passing through to empower them and help them become self-providers and take care of themselves and their families, they also hope to cooperate with the Ministry of Women to launch the Iraq Future Search Report in an official ceremony.

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