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The network of underground shelters she runs through her nonprofit, the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq, was originally meant to protect women from honor killings and domestic abuse. Now, they are flooded with refugees.

published: 08/12/2014
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As men continue to join the fighting in Iraq, women are being pushed into desperate and dangerous situations.

published: 07/03/2014
Press Release

This weekend, activists and allies of the LGBT community will be celebrating Pride. It's a joyous moment, recognizing the progress that advocates have made in advancing the human rights of LGBT people. It's also a time to honor the ongoing...

published: 06/27/2014
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"Sexual jihad" uses political and religious ideology to justify forms of sexual violence and human trafficking. The tactic is being used by ISIS militants to terrorize unmarried women in Iraq. What can be done to protect these women?

published: 06/26/2014
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Just a week after Islamist insurgents captured Mosul in northern Iraq, the UN upgraded the country to a level 3 humanitarian crisis. There are now 1.5 million displaced people in Iraq, including Syrian refugees, and the crisis is expected to deepen.

published: 06/24/2014
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Amid worsening armed violence in Iraq, the Baghdad-based Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq is working to help women who have been harmed and driven out of their homes. The group is reaching out to cities with the largest numbers of women displaced by the fighting.

published: 06/19/2014
In the News

Yanar Mohammed, Director of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), speaks to UpFront about the latest issues affecting women and children in Iraq in light of most recent developments. 

published: 06/16/2014
In the News

"Indian, short, black and savage," Narvaez told a gathering last week, with her voice breaking and her translator in tears. "They hit me on my head too," said Narvaez, adding that neither the teachers nor anyone else at the school has done anything to protect her.

published: 05/21/2014