Women for lasting peace
For the past two months, thousands of people have taken part in demonstrations across Iraq. On occasion, these protests have unfortunately become violent and resulted in civilian deaths.
On 7 February, UNDP and a group of prominent female politicians launched the national initiative, Iraqi Women Platform for Lasting Peace, a mechanism to contribute to sustainable peace and development in Iraq. The forum will attempt to stop any further violence by engaging all communities through dialogue.
The platform’s demands are simple: engage all relevant groups, meet the legitimate constitutional demands of the demonstrators and end all violent interventions. On behalf of the initiative, flags were distributed during a parliamentary session in Baghdad as a symbol of lasting peace.
At the heart of the movement are the women of Iraq, who as leaders can be the solution. The platform urged “the women across Iraq to speak with one powerful voice from now against violence and Human Rights violations.” In the short term, the platform wishes to be involved in all government negotiations related to the demonstrations.
The parliamentary Committee for Women, Children and Family, together with the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq support this platform.