UN Mechanisms for the Protection of Women and Minorities

Sulaimaniyah, 16-17 and Duhok Iraq 23-24 December 2018 – The Erbil Human Rights Office (HRO) at the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) successfully ran a two-day training, titled UN Mechanisms for the Protection of Women and Minorities, for a number of participants from NGOs and the Directorate of Following-up Violence against Women in Sulaimaniyah and Duhok. The participants represented civil society organizations, being activists and advocators of women and minorities rights in the Kurdistan Region.

The course, which trained 24 participants (16 women and 8 men) in Sulaimaniyan and 25 participants (12 Women and 13 Men) in Duhok, aimed at enhancing the knowledge of participants on the United Nations human rights protection system, conventions and tools concerning women and minorities, and relevant international and domestic laws in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. The course also examined issues such as gender and sexual based violence and conflict-related sexual violence.

"We appreciate the role of the UNAMI Human Rights Office to open such productive and informative courses for us, activities that enhance our capacities and increase our knowledge of the UN mechanisms and provide us with further understanding of protection tools for women," said Mohammed Wahduddin, Director of Media and Relations at the Directorate of Follow-up Violence against Women in Sulaymaniyah.

Ms. Parwar Ibrahim, from Kurdistan for All organization, meanwhile noted: “I would like to thank UNAMI for this training. It was truly significant since it was my first time being involved in an intensive human rights training, I gained very fruitful information. In addition to this, the participant groups belonged to NGOs and the public sector, a structural mixture which helps to bring in coordination and cooperation between both groups thereby jointly working to reach suitable solutions for the existing violations against women.”

Mr. Abdulrahman Taib from Roshingary Organization for Practicing Democracy in Duhok highly appreciated the training content stating:” the course truly enriched our knowledge and performance in addressing sexual and gender based violence from International Human Rights perspectives. It will undoubtedly bring in improvements in NGOs and relevant public sectors approach in that end.”

UNAMI HRO Human Rights Officer, Mr. Zito Siany opened the courses by noting that the presence of NGOs, Human Rights activists and officers of the Directorate of Follow-up Violence against Women are tremendously significant in defending women rights and preventing violence against them.

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