During the “Women of Earth Festival”, the Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed S. Al-Sudani confirmed the government’s commitment to women’s empowerment


Mr. Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani, Prime minister of Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed S. Al-Sudani commended Iraqi women for their leadership and constructive role in society and confirmed the government’s commitment to women’s empowerment.

In Prime Minister Al-Sudani’s speech during the "Women of Earth Festival" held in Baghdad this week to commemorate International Women’s Day, he emphasized that "the government's vision and understanding of the role of women in society is present in the government program, based on the principle of equality and with a recognition that building community begins and ends with them." He also assured Iraqi women that "we will keep protecting them from all forms of violence and support all legislations, laws, and principles that advocate for women's rights and protect women.”

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Alina Romanowski also confirmed the essential role women play in societies. "We must focus on the needs of women and girls and ensure they are empowered in all sectors of life. That’s why gender equity and equality are important foreign policy and national security priorities for the United States,” stated Ambassador Romanowski in her remarks at the festival.

UN Women Representative  Dina Zorba with the  U.S Ambassador to Iraq

UN Women Iraq Representative Dina Zorba underscored the vital role of Iraqi women. “Experience has repeatedly demonstrated that women’s political, economic and social participation increases the stability of societies and the sustainability of their security," she said. "In this regard, Iraqi women have realized substantive achievements by holding 98 seats in the recent parliamentary elections, at a rate of 29.7%, which is one of the highest percentages of women's representation regionally and globally.”

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Prime Minister’s Office proudly sponsored the “Women of Earth Festival,” which was organized by Dr. Shahbaa Al-Azzawi, the Prime Minister’s Advisor for Youth, Sport and Women Affairs, in partnership with UN Women.