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Iraqi Delegate Highlights Consequences of Ignoring Women’s Empowerment

In Turkey, Iraq’s representative delivered an impassioned address on the topic of women’s empowerment and the ongoing struggle for their rights.

This conference, organized by the esteemed Best Diplomats, took place in the month of October at the Windsor Hotel and Convention Centre, Istanbul. An impressive assembly of 175 representatives from more than 55 nations participated in this meeting, affirming their diplomatic solidarity with the cause of women’s rights and gender parity.

The primary objective of this gathering was to bolster women’s empowerment and fortify their endeavors to make the world a more equitable and prosperous place.

“It is critical to recognize the nation’s historical journey, which has been marked by formidable challenges, including periods of conflict and instability,” he added. These roadblocks have occasionally slowed the growth of human rights, notably those of women.”

“Iraq demonstrates the serious consequences of ignoring the cause of women’s advocacy and empowerment.” Such disregard can prolong gender imbalances, endangering our society’s stability and hampering overall economic and social growth,” he noted.

“Iraq underscores the need for a comprehensive strategy that addresses these multifaceted issues,” the delegate said, emphasizing the holistic approach. This strategy must include efforts to address gender-based violence while also building a safe and inclusive workplace for all.”

He emphasized diplomacy as a means of advancement, saying that the strength of diplomacy as a means of resolving issues concerning women’s rights and empowerment was the appropriate weapon.

Women in Iraq have experienced persecution for many years as a result of a strong conservative culture, economic sanctions, and violent wars. Iraqi women now have insufficient educational and healthcare possibilities, as well as limited labor-market access and high levels of abuse and discrimination.

Women and girls, in particular, experience sexualized violence, with many coming from Syria or being displaced inside Iraq. Religious fanatics, the state, and armed militias are increasingly attacking civil society organizations and human rights campaigners.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has implemented a policy of equal access to services and benefits for all those who are qualified, with the goal of eventually expanding services and improving quality for a wider number of Iraqis, including women. Iraqi women will play an important role in the advancement of democracy and civic society.

To date, below are some of my accomplishments. With USAID assistance, a Gender Policy and Mainstreaming Unit was formed in Erbil in December 2020. Over 5,000 women and girls have benefited from mental health and psychological care. Over 4,000 women have taken part in GBV, COVID-19, and other awareness and peacebuilding programs.

Oleksandra Mamchii

Working as a academic lead at Best Diplomats.

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