Since its invasion of northern Iraq in June 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has made women a direct target of its extremist agenda. Where ISIL now rules, women have been forbidden to work, walk in public without a male “guardian," or go to school. Women who attempt to exercise basic rights have been executed. International aid agencies and governments cannot reach areas where the need is greatest. In the absence of international and government-sponsored services and legal remedies, local Iraqi women’s NGOs are at the forefront of providing necessary services.
On December 1, PSFG held a webinar on what funders can do to fill the gap of international and government sponsored agencies and support these local women's groups. Panelists discussed the on the ground response to the invasion, national and international advocacy strategies for women confronting ISIL, and how funders can best support Iraqi women in the current crisis.
Director, Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq
Secretary General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Executive Director, MADRE
Lisa Davis (Moderator)
Advocacy Director, MADRE
Clinical Professor of Law, International Women's Human Rights Clinic, CUNY School of Law