Over 140 partners improved knowledge on sexual and gender based violence through UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience ProgrammeDec 8, 2016
Erbil/Duhok - As part of UNDP’s commitment to advance the empowerment of women and help to build a resilient society, the Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) joined the global 16 Days of Activism against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) campaign through a series of workshops jointly funded with the Government of Japan.
Workshops were organized in Erbil and Duhok for 142 participants (74 men and 68 women), in partnership with the Kurdistan Centre for Gender Studies, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s High Council of Women’s Affairs, and the Duhok Department of Health.
In Duhok, representatives of the Ministry of Health and Education (MoHE) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) brainstormed, on 4 and 5 December, on several concepts, tools and integration methodologies in daily work, including those of gender equality and gender-sensitive budgeting.
Mr. Walid Hussein, representing Dost (a non-governmental organization), commented: “I enjoyed every single topic in this workshop. We need to strengthen gender mainstreaming in our programming to improve the lives of women in Iraq, and this training is an important step towards this goal.”
In Erbil, four sessions were held for representatives of the MoHE over the period of 4 to 6 December providing an opportunity to introduce and clarify relevant terminologies, such as gender, gender mainstreaming and gender based violence.
“Before attending this training, the concept of gender and its relation to SGBV were not clear to me. I have now realized that gender equality cannot be achieved without men’s engagement. SGBV is often referred to as a ‘women’s issue,’ but we need to call on men to prevent and reduce violence against women,” said Nurse and Assistant Teacher at Hawler Medical Technical Institute, Ms. Zhyan Mohammed Omer.
The series of workshops concluded on 5 to 8 December in Erbil, with a training of trainers for judges and prosecutors who exchanged experiences about the implementation of laws relating to gender as well as policy level challenges. In this regard, Judge, Ms. Nigar Ahmed noted: “The Government of Iraq launched its National Action Plan on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2014, thus becoming the first country in the Middle East and North Africa Region to launch such a programme focused on women, peace and security. As judges, it is our duty to uphold women’s human rights and ensure that concrete efforts are made towards the implementation of the 1325 National Action Plan.”
UNDP’s ICRRP provides fast-track support to vulnerable families in newly liberated cities and villages where social tensions threaten community cohesion. ICRRP is currently active in eleven newly liberated communities in Diyala, Salah al-Din and Ninewah Governorates, and is expected to expand to nearly 30 locations in the months ahead. ICRRP is designed as a resilience and recovery programme to help families withstand the multi-dimensional shocks associated with post-liberation and large-scale returns.
Paola Piccione, Communications and Implementation Specialist for ICRRP (m) +964 751 170 4045