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By Shatha Al-Shabibi
This is a story about murderers, victims and witnesses. The murderers are persons without virtue, but who talk about virtue all the time, and the victims are persons without vices, but the hunger has drawn a path for them and made them believe that it is the path of righteousness. The witnesses are full of fear, fear of scandal and punishment. They did not testify or give their names.

By Suha Auda / Ninewa
Their manner when they entered the sports hall seemed like that of a frightened person who creeps stealthily into a place to commit a secret offence. The juvenile girls entered one after another; each was looking around herself while a female or male trainer would volunteer to close the door behind them and lock it. We were surprised that we were allowed into the hall along with the girls. Then the sound of the gate being locked was heard, announcing that this hall is exclusively allocated for women and that entry of their male athlete colleagues is strictly prohibited.

By Inas Jabbar / Baghdad
Ammar (not his real name) works in a state institution in an Iraqi governorate. Revealing financial and administrative corruption cases, he wrote a detailed report on the issue and submitted it to those concerned. As a consequence, those whose corruption he reported threatened him against submitting the report. But he insisted on doing the right thing. Short time ater his wife was kidnapped. Since he had no evidence of their involvement in kidnapping his wife and therefore could not make accusations against them, he resigned and did not submit the report. A few days later, his wife returned. He therefore was certain that they were the perpetrators.

With the aim to highlight the different aspects of the relationship between media and women's rights in Iraq, the United Nations in Iraq organized a roundtable discussion attended by international and national stakeholders, the first platform of its kind towards empowering women in and through the Iraqi media.

The latest installation at the UN compound in Baghdad is big, blue, and rather pungent. It is also the first step towards a greener and more sustainable UN in Iraq. The large contraption sits in the garden under the trees. It is a biodigestor, a simple but highly effective container that processes manure and kitchen waste to produce organic fertilizer and biogas for cooking.

Special voting takes place across the country as Iraqi electoral expertise oversees the start of the 2013 Governorate Council Elections

The UNAMI Human Rights Office (HRO) held the second in a series of two workshops in Najaf on 19-20 March to build and strengthen the capacity of 30 civil society organizations (CSOs) from Najaf and Diwaniya governorates to conduct human rights monitoring in their respective locations. Funded through UNAMI’s Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) programme, the workshop was organized in collaboration with the Cultural Humanitarian Iraq of Future Organization (CHIFO), a Najaf-based CSO.

During a recent visit to IHEC, a UNAMI delegation led by SRSG Martin Kobler was encouraged to see efforts to include more women in the political process. While the UN team was going around the IHEC’s Data Entry Centre (DEC), for example, they could not miss the large number of women, busily working on the computers. Indeed, “with 38 percent women, the DEC is one of the most gender-balanced sections in IHEC,” the head of the International Electoral Assistance Team, Mr. Jose Maria Aranaz confirmed. SRSG Kobler also praised the increasing presence of women in the political arena, underlining that 26.5 percent of the candidates in the governorate council elections are women.

Casting a vote in the ballot box is among the most important gestures that a citizen of voting age can make in a democratic country. With provincial council elections coming up in less than 30 days, preparations are going well at the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC). The data entry is finalized and the voter lists updated. Now that the electoral campaign is in full swing, the eyes of Iraqis are turned towards elections date, on 20 April 2013.

New York, 21 March 2013
Thank you, Mr. President.
I am honoured to present to the Council today the second report of the Secretary-General pursuant to paragraph 6 of resolution 2061 of 2012 (S/2013/154) on the activities of UNAMI. I shall also brief Council members on the most recent developments in Iraq.

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