What we do
All human development and human rights issues have gender dimensions. UN Women focuses on priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, and that can unlock progress across the board in Iraq.
Normative and policy frameworks
Youth and innovation
Governance and national planning
Women, peace and security
Since 2013, the Iraqi political scene has been affected by many developments at the national and regional levels. In response to the appalling humanitarian crisis, which has made millions flee their homes, mostly women and children, UN-Women has been joining forces with sister agencies to assist refugees and internally displaced women providing protection
Leadership and political participation
In various parts of the world, women are under-represented in leadership and political roles. They are underrepresented as voters, as politicians and as leaders. This happens despite their proven abilities as leaders and as agents of change, and they continue to face obstacles impeding their participation in political life. They face structural barriers represented in discriminatory laws and institutions that limit their options if they wish to run for public office.
In response to the appalling humanitarian crisis, which has forced millions to flee their homes, mostly women and children, UN Women has been joining forces with sister agencies to assist refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) providing protection, GBV and legal services, cash for work and livelihoods support and setting up income generation projects covering 16 over 19 governorates.
Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF)
The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund is the only global financing mechanism dedicated exclusively to supporting women’s participation in peacebuilding and humanitarian action. WPHF is a flexible and rapid financing tool supporting quality interventions to enhance the capacity of local women to prevent conflict, respond to crises and emergencies, and seize key peacebuilding opportunities.
UN system coordination