The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation in Iraq

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Kvinna till Kvinna has supported women’s rights in Iraq since 2007. In recent years, Iraqi society has become increasingly insecure, with conservatism on the rise. This has greatly reduced women’s freedom. While equality is enshrined in Iraq’s constitution, discriminatory laws still condone harmful practices. In the face of this, our partners tirelessly advocate for women’s rights, with a special focus on vulnerable minorities.

Why we work in Iraq

After a US-led coalition overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003, the resulting societal instability triggered conservative reactions and a return to more traditional patriarchal views on women’s roles in society and at home. 

This, together with the fact that conservative forces have attempted to restrict women’s rights before and that women forced to flee are at high risk of gender-based violence and poverty, makes Kvinna till Kvinna and our partner organisations work crucial.


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How we support women in Iraq

Together with our partner organisations in Iraq, we:

  • support IDPs and returnees, including women who fled from IS violence
  • combat gender-based violence and offer legal/psychosocial aid
  • support women from ethnic and religious minorities
  • train police officers and lawyers to protect women and persecute perpetrators
  • advocate for improved legal protection of women’s rights
  • promote the political participation of women
  • monitor Iraq’s adherence to / action on UNSC Res. 1325 and CEDAW
  • strengthen women’s economic position

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Last updated or reviewed 5 June 2024