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Iraq, December 2020 –Five years of conflict in Iraq has significantly affected more than 5 million Iraqis who, at one point in time, have left their areas of origin to safer shelters in different parts of the country. Approximately half a million civilians have incurred some level of injury while a few thousand lost one part or more of their bodies. 

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The United Nations in Iraq organised on 19 November 2020 a one-day online media training workshop for 40 journalists from across the country to inform about the UN and the work of its Missions, Agencies, Funds and Programmes in Iraq.

UNAMI Human Rights invites you to celebrate Human Rights Day by designing a mural. The competition is open to Iraqis of all ages.

Around one in ten persons, approximately 792 million people globally, have a mental or substance use disorder, contributing 10% of the disease's global burden. In Iraq, the demand for mental services is on the rise amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and remains one of the top priority areas that require continued support.

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Baghdad, 07 November 2020 – The last of a series of workshops held across Iraq and intended to strengthen the political and public roles of women concluded in Baghdad today.

About 30,000 posters were handed out across Iraq’s 18 governorates, in a matter of three weeks, thanks to the painstaking efforts of over 100 youth volunteers contributing to the fight against COVID-19. These posters, the work of talented Iraqi artists, inform about the health instructions and break the silence on the human rights impact of COVID-19 in an innovative and colourful display that appeals to the public.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Iraq, UNAMI’s Human Rights Office (HRO) has partnered with more than 18 NGOs to raise awareness on the impact of the virus and advocate for compliance with health instructions. We continue to do this through an illustration-based campaign that is disseminated via social media, street poster distribution and city murals.

A total of 13 images, by seven Iraqi cartoonists, including three women, aim to dispel rumours about the Coronavirus, raise awareness on the increase in domestic violence and limited access to education. In parallel, they inform about the health measures and our collective responsibility to contain the spread of COVID-19, and celebrate the courage and resilience of Iraqi healthcare workers.

In August, the al Namaa youth volunteers, including 27 women, from 18 NGOs distributed posters in over 90 remote areas and densely populated cities across Iraq. Posters inform on necessary individual prevention measures, urge people to speak up against misinformation and advocate to ensure access to education for all children.

In October, Imprint of Hope Organization completed 20 murals in 10 Baghdad neighbourhoods. The campaign transformed 560m of walls into colourful boards, informing on a range of issues, from how to take care of a loved one at home to highlighting the human rights consequences related to COVID-19. These murals covered walls on city squares and those of clinics, schools, universities and local administration buildings, as well as near traffic bridges and at bus stops. They illustrated the need to break the silence on domestic violence, inform about our collective responsibility to speak up against misinformation about the virus and ensure access to education for all children.

We will continue our efforts to encourage a public dialogue on the human rights consequences of the pandemic in the coming months and we will keep you updated on new cartoons and murals. Stay tuned.

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Link to UNAMI Human Rights Office COVID-19 Poster Awareness Campaign video

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To help address the growing unemployment rate among youth in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Education is introducing entrepreneurship education (ECP) into secondary vocational schools.

Promoting human rights, listening to and raising the concerns of activists as well as encouraging Regional government efforts in advocating for protection of human rights were at the centre of discussions of the Chief of the UNAMI Human Rights Office (HRO), Danielle Bell, during a four-day visit to the Kurdistan Region.

On 5 and 7 October, the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) held its constructive public dialogue with Iraq. This is Iraq’s second dialogue, since its ratification of the Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearances, in 2010. The dialogue was held as part of the 19th CED session in Geneva and for the first time held entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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