Baghdad, Iraq, 5 October 2017 – As the military operations to retake Hawija continue, more than 30,000 people have been displaced since September 21st.

Baghdad, Iraq, 12 April 2017 – As the current humanitarian crisis in Iraq enters its fourth year, women and girls are facing extraordinary vulnerabilities related to their inability to access to minimum reproductive health services, and extraordinary Gender Based Violence (GBV) risks. With the generous support from the government of Japan for USD 4.7 million, UNFPA will be able to provide 130,000 women and girls to access to reproductive health services and gender based violence response interventions.

Baghdad, Iraq, 9 April 2017 – As fighting in Iraq reaches its peak, urgent humanitarian needs of women and girls impacted by the conflict continue to escalate. At this critical juncture, thanks to the €5 Million additional contribution of the European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) up-scales its frontline humanitarian response. This includes the provision of lifesaving reproductive health services, in recently re-taken areas of East and West Mosul, and the delivery of first assistance kits to displaced women and girls, from Mosul and other active conflict areas in Iraq.

 

Baghdad, Iraq, 9 February 2017 – In crisis situations, needs for shelter, food and security are rightly given urgent attention. Yet, specific needs of women and girls are often overlooked. According to estimates, 550,000 to 885,000 people are living in retaken neighbourhoods of eastern Mosul city, of whom 138,000 to 220,000 are women and girls with heightened health and protection needs. UNFPA is working to meet these needs in collaboration with national and international partners and in coordination with government authorities.

25th, November 2016, Iraq –Today marks International Day to End Violence Against Women and also marks the launch of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. 16 days of activism is an international campaign that starts on the 25th of November, and ends on 10th of December with Human Rights Day.

23rd November 2016 – Erbil – On a UN Women emergency mission near eastern Mosul, the destruction of the war against ISIL was evident through numerous destroyed homes, shops, and deserted land for what used to be a thriving community filled with livelihood activities.

This is a continuation of a series of articles that are focusing on providing a Voice for Dignity in our Humanity. Through these articles, UN Women Iraq is lending a voice for advocacy of women and girls who have been silenced and restricted for more than two years by ISIS rule in Mosul. Part 2 focuses on the story of the Ahmad family and a University Graduate, whom I shall refer to as Fatima.

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When the UN Women Iraq team visited an IDP camp to distribute urgent necessity kits, one little nine year old girl, whom I will call Aisha caught my attention. She ran up to me crying. I found out that she was among the mass wave of IDPs who recently arrived from Mosul to the IDP camp that day.

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29 October, 2016, Iraq - UN Women has joined partners in providing emergency assistance in camps and host communities impacted by the Mosul operations. Since the Mosul operations began on 17 October 2016, the humanitarian crisis has deepened, with more than 15,000 individuals displaced and an anticipated 1.2 million expected as the operations continue.

ERBIL, 25 October, 2016— As Iraqi civilians are fleeing the ongoing conflict in Mosul, UNFPA Iraq has stepped up its response and delivered reproductive health (RH) services to women and girls in Iraq.

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