For the people of Iraq, conflict has long been a pervasive part of life. Decades of instability, violence and displacements has forced families from their homes, left children out of school and their families without a source of income.
One third of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance, with nearly one-million people displaced in Iraq’s north-eastern Kurdistan region alone.
Today Iraq is facing a new crisis. One third of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance, with nearly one-million people displaced in Iraq’s north-eastern Kurdistan region alone. A continuous influx of internally displaced persons (IDP) has made both IDP and host community members vulnerable to livelihood losses, especially women and girls. As the violence shows no end of stopping, women are increasingly becoming the breadwinners and/or heads of household, having to financially support their children and families.
Despite this bleak reality, employment for women is exceptionally scarce. In some area of the Kurdistan region, employment for women only makes up 9% of the job market, and is expected to be even lower for IDP women. This vulnerability is compounded and needs for sustainable economic solutions are increased for women and their families who have escaped ISIS.
War Child Canada was operational in Iraq from 2001 – 2007, and is set to resume operation in 2016 with a focus on women’s economic development and education.
Recognizing that there are differing levels of education and need, War Child Canada and local partners will be providing both job skills training (inclusive of interview skills and CV writing) for women who have completed their education as well as vocational training coupled with functional literacy and numeracy for women have not had the opportunity for education. The structure of the program is based off of War Child Canada’s successful economic development work for women in Afghanistan where, after completing the program, women were contributing an average of 25% of their households’ monthly income. The project will also provide psychosocial support and lifeskills training for the women as well as early childhood development for their pre-school aged children.
June 5, 2018
November 8, 2017
Galawezeh Bayiz – our Country Director in Iraq – was in Toronto for our What If..? Gala this week. This morning she appeared on CBC Radio’s The Current, in a wide ranging interview that gave a terrific insight into the situation in that country and our work with women who have suffered greatly at the…
October 17, 2017
I first travelled to Iraq in 2001. It was my first trip with War Child and it was life changing. My return to the country earlier this month was equally phenomenal. It never ceases to amaze me how much capacity for courage and resilience the people have. We visited Iraqi Kurdistan, just weeks before the…
October 21, 2016
“What I want more than anything is to work so I can keep my mind off everything that happened” – Arwa, an Iraqi woman displaced by ISIS. Decades of War and Untold Brutality It’s hard to imagine what the Iraqi people have gone through over the past few decades. War, invasion, and severe internal strife…
October 7, 2016
As of this fall, War Child Canada will once again be operating programs in Iraq. War Child Canada worked in Iraq from 2001-2007 and, after receiving funding from the U.S. Department of State, will begin operations in Iraqi Kurdistan, with programs in Erbil and Kirkuk focusing on women’s economic development and education. Thousands Flee ISIS, Settle in Iraqi Kurdistan…
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