First Women’s Offices open in Basra and KarbalaMar 17, 2015
Basra and Karbala’s Governorates yesterday opened their first Women’s Offices devoted to the participation of women and men in development processes. On this occasion, the University of Karbala and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) also launched a Gender Studies Unit, which will focus on gender studies and policy research.
“We believe that the Women’s Office will help achieve equal opportunities in Basra, and be instrumental to address the needs of women and their economic empowerment,” Ms. Manal Al-Gharawi, Head of the Women’s Office said. “We are grateful of UNDP’s support and the leadership of the Governor, Dr. Majed Nasraoui, in taking this step forward.”
Gender studies in Karbala
In Karbala, the Governor Aqeel Al Turehi equally praised the new institutions. “The Women’s Office and Gender Studies Unit at the university are pivotal to ensure gender representation in the community’s development,” he said.
“The Gender Studies Unit will teach gender as a field of interdisciplinary study and academic research,” explained Munir Hameed, Head of Karbala’s University. “We expect it will soon become a centre of excellence,” he concluded.
UNDP supports the establishment of women’s offices in Iraq, as the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women is central to its mandate and development approach. This effort includes advocating for women’s and girls’ equal rights, combating discriminatory practices and challenging the roles and stereotypes that affect inequalities and exclusion.
Sundus Abbas, Gender Specialist
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