Empowering Iraqi Women for Upcoming Elections
To boost direct support for and to prepare Iraqi women for the upcoming elections, an UNESCWA workshop was held on 13 December on “Building A New Iraq: Women’s Role in the Political Process”. The workshop was organized by the UNESCWA Center for Women in cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Funding was provided by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Washington, DC. The workshop was an effort to increase women’s political participation in Iraq; identify gaps in programs; discuss strategies for fostering empowerment; and develop a plan for coordination and cooperation. The workshop brought together a diverse group of Iraqi women to focus attention on their priorities and facilitate the inclusion of women in post-conflict reconstruction. Prominent participants included the Iraqi Minister of Women’s Affairs Nermine Othman.