Iraq Program Updates

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Last updated: January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

A group of women in Qaraqosh sat together in a room discussing their frustrations with the way companies market their products. “Males do not have a problem of insecurity and lack of confidence compared to females. We need them to pay attention to us, too,” expressed Nora*, a participant in the Life and Digital Skills livelihoods program funded by USAID.  It was agreed that companies could do a better job of including women in their messaging and marketing campaigns.

January 21, 2021

Iraq is a tribal society. When people face problems they often go to traditional tribal and religious leaders to find solutions. This is particularly challenging for women and girls: "Women face a lot of stigma if they decide to go to the police or authorities. People might talk about them, and sometimes they might think that the woman committed a crime. Many women choose to stay silent rather than seek solutions to their problems," said Zozan, a Supervisor with the Free Yezidi Foundation (FYF), a USAID partner. When problems involve violations of women’s and girls’ rights, leaders tend to use traditional solutions that favor men and may result in harmful outcomes for women, such as underage and forced marriages. In extreme cases, tribal leaders can issue decisions that could even lead to an honor killing. 

January 19, 2021

Can a person’s gender impact how safe they feel in a public space? Dark streets, isolated areas, and the risk of harassment can keep women and their families from enjoying public spaces, such as Sami Abdulrahman Park, a popular community gathering space in Erbil. Increased reports of harassment and poor lighting at night have discouraged local women and girls from spending time in the park.

January 15, 2021

“The night before we left the city, I drew a painting and left it at home. It was a ship and it was a symbol for my city, and it was in the middle of a sea with winds blowing through it,” Evileen said, describing her departure from Qaraqosh in 2014 when ISIS militants swept through the city.

USAID-funded case management support to survivors in Sinjar Iraq
January 14, 2021

Since 2003, the United States, through USAID, has been a steadfast partner of Iraq in helping enhance the country’s overall stability and promote greater prosperity for all citizens.