Raising awareness on family support, justice and security
By: Suad Allami, UNDP Iraq
UNDP Iraq held a workshop to raise awareness on the Family Support, Justice and Security Project and the role of Family Protection Units, which provide assistance to victims of domestic and gender based violence.
The event took place at the Oil Cultural Centre in Baghdad and was an opportunity for UNDP Iraq staff to bring stakeholders and interested parties up-to-date with the current status of the project and highlight achievements.
At the event, the Minister for the State Ministry of Women’s Affairs Dr. Ebtihal Al-Zaidi praised the work of the Family Protection Units in their efforts to combat violence against women and domestic violence in Iraq.
The Ministries pledged to organize similar events to further highlight the work and continue raising public awareness on the Family Protection Units.
The workshop participants discussed in detail improving the links between the Family Protection Units, NGOs and the government.
The event was attended by UNDP’s partners to this project including female investigative judges from Iraq’s Higher Judicial Council, Iraqi and international NGOs, representatives from the President’s Office, government officials from the Ministry of Interior, Education, Human Rights, Labour and Social Affairs, Youth and Sports, district councils and UN agencies.
UNDP established its Family Support, Justice and Security Programme in 2010 in partnership with the Government of Iraq and various civil society groups. Based on the model of a similar programme in Jordan, it aims to offer survivors of domestic and gender based violence both refuge and support. The project enhances the capacity of institutions to establish family protection centres to improve law enforcement and increase access to justice.