Yazda is a global non-governmental, non-profit organization that strives to bring justice, sustenance, healing and rejuvenation to vulnerable minorities who have suffered from the so-called Islamic State’s genocidal campaign. Yazda was established in 2014 and is working with local and international partners to provide survivors with humanitarian, accountability, and advocacy services in their post-genocide recovery. In Iraq, Yazda operates out of its offices in Duhok, Sinjar and Baghdad. Yazda is also registered in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, and Australia. Our vision: Prevent genocide against the Yazidis and other vulnerable minorities.
Women Legal Assistance Organization (WOLA) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization founded in 2008 by the WADI organization. The organization works to stand up against violence against women and tries to eliminate gender discrimination in law. The organization is also dedicated to support legal equality between men and women and advocate for women rights within the KRG’s legal system. (59)
Women Leadership Institute (WLI) is a non-governmental independent women’s organization established at the end of 2004 and starting its work during January 2005. WLI wants to widen women’s participation through decision making and helping building peace and security in Iraq. Our goals are: a) to ensure Iraq’s commitment with international treaties and signatures of conventions and protocols concerning women’s rights. B) ensure inclusion of gender prospections in the government’s program C) to combat all forms of violence against women, D) Increase Iraqi women’s participation in decisive positions in all sectors. WLI is also leading the Network of UNSC 1325 resolution. 100
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TAJDID Iraq is an Iraqi NGO founded and registered in the NGOs office in 2008. TAJDID fights for a safe and stable Iraqi society using all available financial and human resources to develop the Iraqi society in all fields, and work to support the vulnerable sectors to achieve prosperity. With approximately 75 staff, TAJDID is present in Baghdad, Anbar, Diyala, Salahudein, and Mosul. It works with many donors in implementing a wide range of programs through psychosocial support and case management services, as well as free legal services to women and girls especially the GBV survivors and ISIS victims.
Peace and Freedom Organization is a non-governmental, non-profit, administratively and financially independent organization. It believes in a nonviolent option and aims to: . Spread the culture of peace building, conflict resolution and non-violence ethics. . Promoting freedoms and human rights. . Protect diversity and promote citizenship. . Promote peaceful coexistence and values of tolerance. . Building youth capacities and promoting voluntary work. Means of achieving objectives. 1. Studies and research. 2. Use different media. 3. Training workshops. 4. Conferences and symposia. 5 – Printed books and various publications. 6- Networking and cooperation between CSOs and establishing partnerships with concerned parties.
NHCR is an independent, non-governmental organization, with moral status, working for human rights principles and non-violence culture and peaceful coexistence. It has 3 years of experience in the monitoring field with the NED foundation and it is a member of the Civil Society Federations and 3P board. NHCR works to establish justice and equality, developing principles of democracy through the rule of law, advancing the work and activities of civil society, establishing human rights principles. Its work entails the elimination of violations of individual rights, strengthening democracy and coexistence between different religions, genders, and classes to achieve a peaceful society.
The Lotus Flower is a non-governmental organization that works for the empowerment of women and girls in Iraq. Our fundamental belief is that women and girls are powerful drivers of change. We strive for a world where they are safe, free to access education, and are empowered to participate in their communities to drive social and economic change. We are investing in the future of women and girls because they play a vital role in resurrecting and strengthening communities. To ensure we meet the women’s needs, we listen to the local community and employ local women to implement the programs. 100
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Harikar is a non-governmental, neutral, independent, non-profit humanitarian organization based in Dohuk Governorate / Iraq. Harikar NGO is established in 30th May 2004 by a group of social activists. Harikar NGO strives toward the fulfillment of human rights, particularly women and children in Iraq, as stipulated in the Iraqi constitution. The organization is founded with the purpose of developing civil society through establishing an open space for all ethnic groups living within the borders of the country. The space is open for co-ordination with the other international and local non-governmental organizations. (91)
Ghasin Alzaiton is a non-profit organization established in 2012 and received its certificate registration in 2012 from the Directorate of Non-Governmental Organizations Office in Baghdad and in 2014 in Iraq Kurdistan Region (IKR) Since then the organizational implemented many projects and in partnership with local and international organizations that focused on peacebuilding and sustainable development in Iraq. The main aim and objectives of the organization are including: Support the most vulnerable people, promote peace and coexistence and empower women and eradicate gender based violence
Eyzidi Organization for Documentation is a civil independent organization that provides services to all citizens without discrimination and seeks to create community awareness of the concepts of human rights through the definition of those concepts and to address all cases of violations by document all violations cases besides rising community awareness of its rights and how people have to pressure in order to take those rights. Our Vision: – Society that covers with respecting rights and treats violation besides working on compensation for those who get effects and ensures the social stability for individuals.
The Free Yezidi Foundation is a non-political, women-led Yezidi organization designed to assist Yezidis in need. The Foundation was established shortly after terrorists attempted to eradicate the Yezidis in August 2014. The Free Yezidi Foundation seeks to implement projects to protect and support the most vulnerable members of the Yezidi community, with particular attention to minority and women’s rights.
Emma is a Kurdish word that means “we”. The name of our organization defines us as it is our principle to work together as one team and from different backgrounds and beliefs. It includes everyone. Emma Organization was established in 2013 by a group of women activists and experts in various fields, such as gender equality, law, education, health and mental health. We are a non-profit organization providing programs to the community in general, particularly women and vulnerable groups in the Kurdistan Region, on the following areas, · Gender Equality; · Rehabilitation; · Capacity Building; and · Development.
Civil Development Organization “CDO” is a non-governmental, national, humanitarian, independent and non-profit organization founded in 1999 and registered in both KRG NGOs Directorate and Federal Government in Baghdad. CDO’s vision is establishing a civil society in Iraqi community through building capacity of CSO in Iraq, promoting democracy and peace promotion, developing human right situation, combating violence against women, increasing women political participation, presenting legal aid to the vulnerable groups and advocate on behalf of the local community. CDO is also involved in the emergency response to the Syrian refugees and Iraqi IDPs. 92
Better World Organization for Community Development (BWO) is a non-governmental organization established on 24th May 2017 in Kurdistan/Iraq. The organization works to advocate for peace and coexistence in the community, to empower and protect women and youth, and to improve psychosocial and economic situation of the people. The board and management teams are groups of young women and men, with experience in humanitarian and civil society field, who established this organization to stand up and call for women rights and peace to change the world to a better place. The organization’s office is in Duhok city and also working in Duhok governorate, inside and outside of IDP camps.
ASUDA is an Iraqi NGO, committed to combating violence against women through an institutional and systematic approach in order to enhance the status of women and strengthen civil society through female participation. Its vision is a world where women and men enjoy equal rights and access to resources and opportunities, where all forms of discrimination and marginalization against women and minorities are eliminated, and where violence plays no part in any individual’s lives. Asuda seeks the attainment of a safe environment for women and minorities, free from all forms of violence, and where everyone enjoys their rights. (97)
The Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights is a non-governmental human rights organization based in Kurdistan, Iraq and Germany. Since 2005, the Jiyan Foundation has been providing support to survivors of human rights abuses in Kurdistan and Iraq. Today, the Jiyan Foundation runs a network of eleven trauma rehabilitation centers in North Iraq, including special departments for traumatized women and children, a clinic for Yazidi women who survived enslavement by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), services for juvenile detainees and female prisoners, rights and justice and a human rights education program.