It has been well documented that the majority of those who experience violence during conflict are women, girls, and children. On 10 December, UNDP Iraq and UN Women led a workshop in Baghdad to review national policies on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in times of conflict. Attendees included representatives from the Iraqi government, local government offices, Civil Society Organizations, and academic institutions.
Passionate and insightful discussion focused on how both the government and Civil Society Organizations in Iraq can contribute more meaningfully to support women who have experienced SGBV in Iraq, a nation recovering from years of divisive conflict.
Participation from women leaders representing various arenas helped to gauge the current situation in Iraq regarding the laws and policies on SGBV protection, the rights of survivors, and gender equality, to ensure they are in line with international laws and are not discriminatory. The government representatives discussed how the Women Empowerment Directorate is working to address issues surrounding SGBV.