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MADRE Press Release

MADRE and Rafidain Center for Dialogue (RCD) are pleased to announce a cooperation and partnership program for the upcoming RCD Forum 2019 which will be held on the 3rd to 5th of February in Baghdad. RCD Forum 2019 is the first of its kind to be held in Baghdad, and will be attended by high level Iraqi, regional and international government officials, members of Parliament, scholars and researchers from leading think tanks and universities from Iraq and abroad. “MADRE’s focus in Iraq is to advance human rights and in particular to tackle violence against women and demand accountability” said Rejna Abdul Aziz, MADRE Iraq Legal Advocate, “we partner with grassroots women’s organisations who are on the frontlines of the crises and call for change to Iraqi law and policies to better protect vulnerable communities. This includes Iraq’s policies that threaten women, such as the ban on shelters run by local women’s organisations and demanding for those shelters to be legally protected.” “We are delighted to have MADRE as a partner for the RCD Forum and co-organise a workshop in the important subject of violence against women” said Farhad Alaaldin, Chairman of RCD Forum Organising Committee. “MADRE will run a workshop on the 3rd of February on violence against women, with particular reference to the draft Anti-Domestic Violence Law and discussion on other Iraqi legislation and the role it plays in enhancing human rights for all Iraqis.” About MADRE: MADRE is an international women’s human rights organization established in 1983, working towards a world in which all people enjoy the fullest range of individual and collective human rights; in which resources are shared equitably and sustainably; in which women participate effectively in all aspects of society; and in which people have a meaningful say in decisions that affect their lives. MADRE uses human rights to advance social justice. MADRE partners with women in communities worldwide to meet urgent, local needs and create long-term solutions to the problems that women face. MADRE’s vision is enacted with an understanding of the inter-relationships between the various issues we address and by a commitment to working in partnership with women at the local, regional, and international levels who share common goals. MADRE programme areas include: Peace Building Women’s Health & Violence against women Economic & Environmental Justice MADRE currently works in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Nicaragua, Syria and Palestine.

Rafidain Center for Dialogue (RCD) is an independent Think Tank registered as an NGO incorporated in 1994 in the Holly City of Najaf. RCD has a 1400 registered members that includes majority of the political party leadership of Iraq, top government officials, academic staff of major universities, think tank scholars and researchers. RCD members come from all the components of Iraqi Society from North to South, East to West.

RCD works on encouraging political, cultural and economic dialogue among the Iraqi people. Aiming to advance the democratic experience, establishing societal peace, and supporting the government and non-governmental institutions through a wide range of studies, research papers, publications, and conducting seminars, conferences and field visits.

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