Women Minorities Forum established to promote rights, inclusiveness and participation in community reconciliation

Apr 30, 2016

Workshop participants discussing Iraq's international commitments to promote minority rights with UNDP Gender Specialist. Photo: UNDP Iraq/2016

Amman – The role of women in promoting the protection of minority rights and participation in public policies and community reconciliation in Iraq was the theme of a three-day workshop organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) over the period of 28-30 April in Amman, Jordan.

Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Government of Denmark, UNDP’s Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance Programme (SPAG) gathered 24 members of Iraq’s Council of Representatives (CoR), Heads of six Provincial Councils (PCs) and Women Committees, and women minority activists to examine best practices, international and national legislative frameworks to promote inclusive participation and building strategic partnerships between minorities, CSOs, PCs and the CoR.  

UNDP Gender Specialist, Ms. Sundus Abbas, said: “An agreement has been reached to establish a voluntary Women Minorities Forum with three focal points in Basra, Sinjar and Karbala. This will help advance the institutionalization of partnerships and ensure inclusivity and institutional sustainability.” UNDP will provide technical advisory support to establish a coordination mechanism and create linkages with the CoR and PCs.

“We are grateful for UNDP’s remarkable role in supporting the empowerment of women, specifically from minorities, to enable their active participation in community reconciliation,” said Chairperson of Ninewah Provincial Council, Mr. Bashar Kiki.

The workshop participants were briefed on Iraq’s international commitments and legal instruments to promote minority rights, gender equality and peace building. Thorough discussions followed on the participation of women in democratic processes and the legislative debate in Iraq.


Sundus Abbas, Gender Specialist, (m) +964 780 197 6464

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