SWEDO announce the launch of a new project in Iraq thanks to the fund of UNFPA. This project will cover the governorates of Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Duhok.
SWEDO will be working closely with UNFPA and the KRI Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs on implementing a long-term strategic plan that results in gender equality, women and girls empowerment, and reproductive rights.
Previous successful experiences of partnership between Swedo and UNFPA opens a new door of working together again. In its previous project with UNFPA, SWEDO worked to build the capacity of local non-governmental organisations that specialized on protection of women and prevention of gender-based violence. Swedo will have a more direct and implementing role in this new project in addition to capacity building the Government and civil society institutions.
Key interventions taken will include providing technical support to the government, identifying the gaps and revising the strategy of eliminating gender-based violence. Harmful practices such as child marriage in the targeted areas will be subject to research backed up by an inclusive data management system. Accordingly, programs will be implemented to eliminate them. Such practices can also be eliminated through mobilization of community support to promote prevention of gender-based violence among women, men, and children.
SWEDO would like to thank UNFPA for making this possible, and looks forward to achieving project success together.