We are calling for Iraqi, Kurdish and international participants to attend the annual conference of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, on Wednesday, the 18th of January 2017, in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region, IRAQ.  For more information and to register, please see http://www.iraqicivilsociety.org/archives/6182 for English with Kurdish and Arabic links.  The conference will be in all three languages.   The location for the conference will be announced in the coming week.  In Solidarity,    p.s.   Please share this message with all your activist friends.     
08 Jan 2017

Al Mesalla - Life After Mosul

Sunday, 08 January 2017
A forty-minute drive from Erbil, after crossing the temporary bridge over the Nahr Al Khazir River that was erected after the former bridge was destroyed by militant groups, Khazer Camp appears in the distance, its white and blue tents forming an enormous grid that sprawls across the plain. Hasan Sham Camp stands not far away. Between them, they are now home to some 36,000 and 12,000 people respectively.  Since the offensive to liberate Mosul from armed groups began in mid-October, more than 60,000 people fleeing the military offensive have been displaced and it is expected more will make their way to these camps. The United Nations has estimated that more than one million people could be displaced from their homes.…
The “Day After” program is developed by PAX and partners and aims to realize representative and legitimate governance, sound security provisions and increased social cohesion, ultimately leading to an inclusive post-ISIS reconstruction of Mosul province. The program is managed from PAX and partner offices in Utrecht (the Netherlands), Amman (Jordan), Erbil and Bagdad (Iraq). Iraq has a population that is ethnically and religiously diverse. The Mosul province is home to the majority of Iraq’s minority groups, and is the most diverse region in the country. The ongoing dispute about ‘Disputed Internal Boundaries’ (DIBs), originating in the Arabisation policy of Saddam Hussein, causes an extremely fragile social fabric. Please find the complete report attached below.
Harikar NGO is a neutral, non-governmental, non-profit humanitarian organization established in 30th May 2004 by group of social activists. Harikar NGO as stated in its mission statement strives toward the fulfilment of human and women rights in Duhok Governorate as stipulated in the new Iraqi constitution of 15th October 2005. Harikar is committed to- within its resources- contribute towards the achievement of the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals.  Harikar believes in human rights, the right of every person to reach his potential without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, social segment and ethnicity. We strive to achieve the social justice especially among the marginalized vulnerable groups. It also works towards elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and promotes their capacity to fully participate in the community development.  In…
04 Jan 2017
Achieving Social Cohesion through Cash-for- Work in Anbar As part of a pilot social cohesion initiative in Anbar governorate launched in June 2016 and funded by OCHA, ACTED has been implementing a cash-for- work programme targeting both internally displaced women and women from the host community in Ameriyat al Fallujah and Habbaniyah Tourist City (HTC) camps since 15 November. In order to enhance peaceful coexistence between IDPs and host community members, ACTED formed three women committees comprising 30 women, including 20 internally displaced women and 10 women from the host community. These women committees received training by the ACTED Mass Information, WASH and Child Protection departments to conduct awareness-raising sessions on fire prevention, hygiene promotion and child protection in Ameriyat al Fallujah and HTC camps. In turn, the…
03 Jan 2017
NRC’s work in Erbil  Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM): NRC distributed 70 RRM kits (emergency food, water, bucket and hygiene items) to 56 families who recently arrived in Debaga camp from Qayyarh, Hawija, Bijil and Mosul. NRC provided 1,338 RRM kit to 1,212 families in Khazer and Hassan Sham camps.  Education: Enrolment to date: 2,648 individuals at NRC’s School Support Centre in Khazer camp 1. 1,081 students participated in 90 catch-up classes with activities including mathematics, Arabic, English and science at NRC’s School Support Centre in Khazer camp 1. 1,047 students joined in 45 recreational activities (art, sports and music) at NRC’s School Support Centre in Khazer camp 1. Enrolment to date: 1,731 individuals at NRC’s School Support Centre in Hassan…