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Video: “Iraqi activist: Baghdad betrayed me”

Here’s a fascinating article with video from CNN on Iraqi women’s rights activist Noof Assi.

Iraqi activist: Baghdad betrayed me

By Arwa Damon, CNN

September 12, 2011 — Updated 1404 GMT (2204 HKT)

“The heading on 21-year-old Noof Assi’s blog page is the classic Gandhi quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

She is often at the forefront of demonstrations in Iraq demanding basic services and reforms — but her road from child to activist has been dogged by bloodshed and violence.

She said: “I have to be the change, not to change people and stay the same. So I did it, I am trying to do it. I am not the girl that goes to the protests from the beginning with the boys, all this stuff.”

Noof is a fabric design major turned activist and blogger, working at the human rights group, al-Amal, which means hope.

She shows us what she wrote a few years ago. “I dream to sleep without painkillers. I dream to wake up in a home that gives me love and hope, not to end up in a grave.””

Read more and watch the video: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/09/09/9.11.iraq/

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October 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: Power Lunch

I’m such a conference geek – I’m glowing with delight over the amazing, enlightening lunch I just had with Ambassador Steve Steiner, conference panelist Kathleen Kuehnast of USIP, USAID human trafficking expert Katherine Blakeslee, and development maven Patty Marcus, just back from Iraq.

June 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

“Training Women Facilitators in Iraq”

The U.S. Institute of Peace continues its focus on women as peacebuilders with a new training program for Iraqi women:

“In the most conflict-ridden areas of Iraq, USIP’s Network of Iraqi Facilitators (NIF) has provided conflict management training, facilitated dialogue between conflicting groups, and solved local problems, contributing significantly to efforts to bring peace and stability to Iraq. As part of the Academy’s ongoing NIF training, senior program officer Maria Jessop, Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana (from USIP’s  Religion and Peacemaking Center), and Khitam Alkhaghani from the Baghdad Office traveled to Erbil in May to conduct an Advanced Dialogue Facilitation Workshop for 17 women of the NIF. The workshop’s goal was to strengthen their ability to facilitate dialogue on sensitive topics involving gender, sectarianism, and identity-based tensions between women in order to achieve greater unity and cooperation. USIP will continue supporting the NIF women as they convene dialogues of their own. ”

Read more about the Network of Iraqi Facilitators program: http://www.usip.org/node/4604

June 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

U.S. Grants to Support Iraqi Widows

“The Department of State has awarded $5 million in grants to several nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to provide direct support and training to Iraqi widows, female heads of household and other vulnerable women in Iraq in the areas of literacy, entrepreneurship, and vocational skills.
“The training will be conducted by the NGOs and is tailored to local market opportunities to achieve economic empowerment and sustainable livelihoods for the women and their families. The NGOs that received the grant will help create access to employment opportunities for women by involving businesses, government, parliamentary committees, and academic institutions directly in the project. Additionally the grants will ensure that these women fully understand their economic, legal, social, and political rights.”

Read more: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/10/149821.htm

December 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

HWHTW Event: “Women on the Front Lines: Women’s Role in Conflict Zones”

The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Gender and Development Club
cordially invites you to a discussion of
 
Women on the Front Lines: Women’s Role in Conflict Zones
 

Featuring:
Joanna Block, President, Kiron Global Strategies
Carla Koppell, Director, The Institute for Inclusive Security
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, award-winning author and journalist

Moderated by Allison Asplin, Executive Director, Helping Women Helps the World
 
Thursday, November 18, 2010
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

SAIS Bernstein Offit Building, Room 500
1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.
 
To RSVP, please e-mail aasplin1 at jhu dot edu no later than 11/16/2010.

November 4, 2010 at 12:56 pm 1 comment

State Dept. Announces Grants to Support Iraqi Widows and Female Heads of Household

Just announced:

“The Department of State has awarded $5 million in grants to several nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to provide direct support and training to Iraqi widows, female heads of household and other vulnerable women in Iraq in the areas of literacy, entrepreneurship, and vocational skills.

“The training will be conducted by the NGOs and is tailored to local market opportunities to achieve economic empowerment and sustainable livelihoods for the women and their families. The NGOs that received the grant will help create access to employment opportunities for women by involving businesses, government, parliamentary committees, and academic institutions directly in the project. Additionally the grants will ensure that these women fully understand their economic, legal, social, and political rights.”

Read more: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/10/149821.htm

October 23, 2010 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

Zainab Salbi: “It’s No Longer About Policy”

zainab salbi photoThis morning I had the privilege of hearing one of my personal heroes, Zainab Salbi, speak on “U.S. Foreign Policy Addressing Violence in Global Hot Spots”. Zainab, the founder of Women for Women International, urged the need for action, not just words. “Now is the time to push.”

She outlined 4 key issues of focus for U.S. Foreign Policy:

1. Inconsistency. How can we require Sudan to include women in its peace negotiating team when the U.S. team is not 50% women?

2. Being more conservative than the cultures where we work. Under Saddam, Iraqi women could go to a store and receive rations like any other citizen; the U.S. distributes food rations from mosques, where women do not have equal standing.

3. Walking the walk. We are now talking the talk, but we need measurement of results so we can hold our own government accountable.

4. Public awareness. We have many resolutions and policies on women’s rights, but no one outside the activist community knows what they are. An awareness campaign is needed to reach all men and women.

Her closing thought: “It’s no longer about policy.” Now is the time for action.

June 12, 2010 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

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