Religious and tribal leaders meet women activists in Erbil

Elbarlament organised a workshop that brought together religious, tribal leaders and women on 1-2 August in Erbil to reflect on the women, peace and security agenda in Iraq. The event was titled “Social cohesion between Iraqi communities:  dialogue between women and tribal and religious leaders”. The workshop took place within the framework of the Women Talking Peace project.

The discussion revolved around the participation and cooperation between women and tribal and religious leaders in peacebuilding processes in Iraq. Participants talked about both its importance as well as the ways to strengthen cooperation. This is especially important in the framework of the second Iraqi National Action Plan (INAP2) for the implementation of the UNSCR 1325, on a national and a local level.

An initial workshop took place in May 2021 and aimed at building trust within the groups. This rendered the discussion about sensitive topics related to conflict, peacebuilding and gender more constructive in the recent workshop.