The Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), founded in 2003, is pioneering work to rebuild Iraq with secular democracy and human rights for all. OWFI has developed innovative anti-violence and political empowerment strategies for women across Iraq. OWFI advocates on behalf of women who are most marginalized, including those who are incarcerated, widowed, displaced or battered.
OWFI is combating a sharp rise in violence against women that has gripped Iraq, in particular since the ISIS invasion. OWFI provides comprehensive services to women who have been targeted with violence, including the first women’s shelters in the non-Kurdish part of Iraq. They established women's shelters to provide Iraqi women with a safe place to turn for security and support, and advocate on behalf of the most marginalized populations in Iraq, including those who are incarcerated, widowed, displaced, battered, or victims or at risk of honor crimes.
OWFI responded to the urgent needs of Iraqi women and families, displaced by war. They delivered food baskets and lifesaving aid in refugee camps around Iraq.
OWFI provides vital job training, including sewing and embroidery classes so that the women can find work in their new community and use these skills to earn income and stand on their own two feet.
Your support helped OWFI give these survivors lifesaving support, including medical care, food and shelter. They have arranged for counseling services to help the girls heal after the unimaginable traumas they’ve endured.