The project “Women think Iraq anew” strives to empower female members of the National Council of Representatives as well as women from civil society, politics, academia and the legal profession to develop a joint vision for the future of their country. 
The project promotes new approaches ensuring the participation of women in democratic, societal and peace processes, as well as in state-building on a local, regional, and national scale. During the first year, in 2017, the participating women jointly developed a political memorandum putting forth a vision for a new Iraq. Read here how the participants want to improve the situation of women in the country.

2018 was an important year for the country: The unclear outcome of the parliamentary elections held in May 2018, the postponed counting of votes and the ensuing protests in the south dominated political debates. In this challenging environment, elbarlament – cultures of democracy established a network of female members of the newly elected Council or Representatives.

In 2019, elbarlament – cultures of democracy is focussing its work on the legal situation, organising workshops to support the elaboration of draft bills and necessary legal amendments linked to domestic violence, the personal status law and the electoral and party laws.

Learn more – watch our video about the project.

Our local network

Since 2013, elbarlament – cultures of democracy has established a broad network of trusted local partners in Iraq and developed valuable country-specific expertise. This allows us to work on the ground, in a still very challenging context. We are proud and grateful for gaining the trust of Iraqi women, whether members of the protest movements, civil society or the national parliament.

The project is supported by the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) programme “zivik”, with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office.

Our project manager Alisha Molter will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the project.

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