Iraqi Teachers’ Launch Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women

Iraq’s Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU), in conjunction with the United Nations recently launched a series of campaigns to mobilise the public against Gender-Based Violence. The 16-day event titled, “Home Peace to World Peace, Peaceful Education for All” covered many activities.

The KTU President, Abdalwahed M. Haje, said: “In addition to these activities, and in coordination with KTU representatives in all schools following KTU guidelines, we raised awareness about the importance of giving equal education opportunities for all.”

“Local culture sometimes becomes a barrier to these opportunities, however, and the KTU asked parents to support the effort towards reducing the rate of uneducated children which stands at 12 per cent. The KTU also asked the government and the Education Ministry to provide more tools to reduce the rate of uneducated adults.

“Events organised by the KTU included the following: participating in a large community event in the presence of the President of the Council of Ministers and his deputy, MPs, ministers, women’s organisations, and civil society at the start of the national campaign.

“Organising five meetings in the governorates of Erbil, Duhok, Sulemanyah, and Kirkuk, in which hundreds of women participated. These meetings emphasised the importance of the campaign, respecting women, enforcing equality, and explaining applied international regulations

“Organising two seminars with key speakers and civil activists; Newroz Hawezy and Hero Kamal. A lot of data and statistics on violent acts and solutions to them were presented, as well as human rights regulations. In terms of employment opportunities, it was stressed that education fares well with a ratio of female to male teachers of 53:47

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“Setting up two photography exhibitions, the first one in Erbil featured numerous pictures and graphs stressing the role of women in society in the past, and also highlighting the violence they can experience.

“The second exhibition in Sulemanyah displayed photographs about women’s role in organising their families, management, economic and agricultural roles. Both exhibitions highlighted that a healthy community is a community with an equal participation for both genders.”

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