Our Stories

  • Berevan and Sabiha rebuild their lives after suffering violence and displacement
    Mar 8, 2017

    Baghdad, 08 March 2017- Women and girls in Iraq have become more vulnerable as a result of the ongoing conflict and instability, as well as the increasing numbers of refugees and internally displaced people. In response, UNDP has been working with the Government and civil society to raise awareness, address violations, and build preventive mechanisms, specifically related to sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).

  • “I can see a better future ahead” Improving women’s livelihoods in Ninewah, Iraq
    Mar 8, 2017

    Ninewah, 08 March 2017– For a young Yazidi woman who survived upheaval and displacement in northern Iraq, hope and stability finally arrived in an unexpected form: plump brown quails, and their tiny speckled eggs.

  • From illiteracy to financial literacy: Karima can now provide for her children and “keep dignity”
    Nov 8, 2016

    Basra, 8 November 2016- Widowed at an early age, raising five children including a disabled son is a tough struggle for an illiterate woman. Now a proud owner of the only minimarket in her neighbourhood, 40-year-old Karima is able to sustain her family.

  • Young Iraqi painter Rami al-Tamimi: “I draw energy from my disability”
    Sep 1, 2016

    Basra, 1 September 2016- Disabled at birth and born to an art loving family in Basra Southern Iraq, Rami al-Tamimi, now 23, has grown into a fine artist. A spinal birth defect has affected his ability to walk. Yet, to Rami, the ancient city of Basra located on the Shatt al-Arab waterway, being part of the historic location of Sumer and also home to beautiful palm tree farms, has been quite an inspiration.

  • Tikrit: A stabilization success following liberation from ISIL
    Jul 27, 2016

    Tikrit was the first city where the Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) was field-tested. Abandoned by its residents, the city was liberated in April 2015 after heavy fighting. For months, families delayed returning, fearful of retaliation, discouraged by the lack of services and jobs and worried by insecurity.

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