Women of Leadership and Hope

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SWEDO is dedicated to empowering women to achieve their full potential. Our work challenges the assumptions and attitudes about the possible roles that women can play in society.  Together, we inspire both women and men to become advocates, change-makers and leaders in their communities. Our work builds upon women’s own resilience and strength, and helps […]

One year with Covid-19

Since February 2020, COVID-19 has affected project implementation and our way of work: February 2020 The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and its global and local prevention measures started to impact our scope of implementation and means of delivery as early as February 2020.  March–July 2020 Movement restrictions were imposed by local government, with significantly […]

How SWEDO managed during the pandemic

No reader needs to be reminded of what a tough year SWEDO faced in 2020, because the difficulties and new working conditions forced upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic have touched not only our organisation but the whole of humanity, quite literally every organisation and individual. One might be tempted to settle for drafting a […]

Gender-Equality and Woman Empowerment

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is one of the main challenges facing the population in Iraq. Exacerbated by armed conflict and displacement, GBV is considered a principal barrier to women and girls achieving their full potential.  Therefore, SWEDO in 2020 opted to extend its partnership with UNFPA to reduce the prevalence of GBV and mitigate its harmful […]

Khadija can now take care of her child

2020, Erbil, Iraq Khadija, a 40-year-old internally displaced woman from Baghdad, now lives as a tenant in a rented room in Erbil with her eight-year-old boy, who has down syndrome. Khadija’s struggles with displacement became worse when her husband abandoned her without a divorce, leaving her and their child with no financial support. The spouse, […]