Women's Empowerment


The situation for Iraqi women, despite the Government of Iraq’s best efforts to address gender inequality, has declined steadily since 2003. Women in Iraq comprise 57% of the total population and one in every 10 Iraqi households is headed by a widow, however in recent years Iraqi women have suffered economic, social and political marginalization due to decades of wars, conflict, violence and sanctions. An Oxfam survey recently revealed that 55% of the female respondents had been a victim of violence and 22% had experienced domestic violence. Women ministers have declined from six in 2003 to one in the last 2010 government formation.

Our Goals

UNDP addresses inequalities by carefully designing its programmes to be gender sensitive, bolstering expertise on gender issues, mainstreaming women’s issues and spreading best practices as guided by its corporate mandates, Gender Equality Strategy 2008-2013 and the eight point action plan from its Bureau of Conflict Prevention and Recovery.more

Legal Help Desks

A woman waits for legal help in Erbil. Women and other vulnerable communities now have access to justice through UNDP's legal help desks.

Our Stories

  • Photo by UNDP Iraq 2012

    Equality Means Business
    family store

    Stories of economic achievement of Iraqi women inspire banks into establishing financing facilities for small entrepreneurs A number of remarkable Iraqi women entrepreneurs who managed tomore

Projects and Initiatives

Family Support, Justice, and Security

The project enhances the capacity of formal and informal institutions to establish family protection systems and facilitate law enforcement and access to justice for the victims of violence. It aims to create mechanisms to empower victims, target groups and communities as well as a system that assists reintegration of victims back into the communities. more

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Women's Economic Empowerment Integrating Women into the Iraqi Economy

This report (1) describes the challenges and opportunities to women’s employment in the Iraqi economy, (2) provides case studies drawn from economic empowerment interventions throughout Iraq in order to shed more light on these issues, and finally, (3) makes recommendations as to how to better engage women in the economy of Iraq.

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