A UN call for greater engagement of Iraqi women in institutions and leadership positions

Deputy Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Marta Ruidas and representatives of United Nations Agencies, funds and programs discussed with the Women’s Consultative Group (CGIAR) increased cooperation to promote women’s issues in Iraq.

UNAMI’s mission statement focused on the challenges faced the women and their role in political activity in the country, the economy and the society at large. They also addressed the specific problems faced the displaced women in creating economic opportunities and access to civil archives, especially for women with alleged links with Daesh.

Ruidas, who is also the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, urged the Women’s Consultative Group to lead efforts to bring about a change in culture to move towards the empowerment of women.

In the context of highlighting UN support for initiatives addressing gender inequality, Ruidas said that despite the enormous obstacles facing women in Iraq, there are still opportunities for more women to enter institutions.

Ruidas welcomed the initiative of the Women’s Advisory Group and noted that the United Nations Country Team is keen to take advantage of the Group’s insights, expertise and knowledge.

She explained that the United Nations Women’s Fund and the Gender Section of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) are working closely to support the efforts of the group.

The Women’s Consultative Group was established in October 2018 and officially launched in January 2019. The group consists of 20 Iraqi women leaders from various Iraqi governorates from the political, academic, media and civil society groups.

The group was initially founded as a lobbying body for better representation of women in the process of reconciliation and the political process, but has since expanded to call for broader issues in the context of the Plan for Women, Peace and Security.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency