Update from the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq
Posted on: Tuesday, January 5, 2010
OWFI wishes you a happy New Year. We hope that 2010 becomes a year of achievement and empowerment for women around the world.
We thank all those who supported and helped us become a strong voice towards change in Iraq.
Our endeavours against trafficking, honour-killing and domestic abuse have touched the lives of many women and girls in 2009.
Please take a look at our brief update.
Best wishes and a happy new year,
- Yanar Mohammed
When honour-killing was her verdict, and the persecutors were her sons, she had nowhere else to go. OWFI's shelter in her city took her in and protected her until a solution could be resolved. In this house, a teen-ager and an older woman also escaped beatings and honour-killing.
OWFI has three houses in three cities. "Women will not be sacrificed," is a goal OWFI realizes in these shelters.
Not only are women kept safe in OWFI shelters, but also they have opportunities to learn computer literacy and the principles of human rights.
A 12-year-old girl should not be sold into sexual slavery because she lost her family and with it any chance of a “normal” life. OWFI's anti-trafficking activist team (including former victims of trafficking themselves) continues to grow as women transform from victims to defenders.
Women's Prisons Watch has fueled an international campaign to stop the death penalty against 12 women, while aiming to repeal the death penalty altogether from Iraqi laws.
Women-friendly social movement
When the young artists of Sadre city need a free space to sing, play music and recite poetry, OWFI provides them with the women-friendly Freedom Space, where the music of love mixes with the poetry of freedom.
Al Mousawat (equality) Radio
When the intellectual youth of Sadre city, Baghdad, Basra, and Mosul seek to shape their own future, against the prevailing religious-militias culture, Al Mousawat radio is there.
When female university graduates are fully covered in black in their own neighbourhoods, Al Mousawat allows their unveiled thoughts and voices to fuel the urge for freedom in millions of Iraqi women and men.
When the anti-militia secular young men join in to support the women's voices, a new kind of media is born in Iraq. This media will not compromise freedom, equality and secularism.
We shipped the transmitters from Italy and installed them in a location overlooking Al Ferdawse Square where Sadam's statue fell.
Since October, our 18 meter high Antenna takes our voices of freedom to millions of households.
In a recent talk-show, OWFI asked listeners for their views concerning full equality for Iraqi citizens, especially women. From 31 calls received, 29 were in support of equality, while only two were against.
If you have a say about what needs to be done in Iraq, write us, and add your voice to the voices of freedom and equality … Al Mousawat … In Iraq.
OWFI’s empowerment of women was possible due to the relentless and heroic work of determined women: Dalal Jumaa, Aliaa Husein, Hind Al Assadi, J. Al. G., Wedian Al Mamoury, Sanaa Hashim, Houzan Mahmoud, Rega Raouf-Svensson, Kayt C. Peck, Yanar Mohammed and others.
Special thanks go to the individuals who contributed their time, skills and efforts to realize Al Mousawat radio project: Muayad Ahmad, Muhannad Al Shammary, Wisaam Yousif, Falah Alwan, Marwan and others.
Archives"Press Room" Home April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 July 2006 June 2006 April 2006 March 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 April 2005 March 2005 November 2004 October 2004 April 2004 March 2004 January 2004 December 2003 October 2003 September 2003 June 2003 April 2003 January 2003 September 2002 June 2002 January 2002 November 2001 October 2001 September 2001 August 2001 January 2001
Kat Noel, Website & Media Coordinator
PHONE: +1 212 627 0444
MADRE & Our Partners Make News
The Right to Heal: 11 Years After Iraq Invasion, U.S. Urged on Reparations for War's Enduring Wounds (Democracy Now!, March 26, 2014)
Protests Call Iraq's New Family Law 'Legalization of Pedophilia' (Rudaw, March 10, 2014)
Haiti: the neoliberal model imposed on the country is failing its citizens (The Guardian, February 5, 2014)
Human rights group slams Iraq over treatment of women in prison (Miami Herald, February 2, 2014)
New Ways to Evaluate Impact (Stanford Social Innovation Review, January 24, 2014)