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Globally, 18 years is the legal age of marriage, yet many countries allow individuals younger than 18 to marry if parental and judicial authorities’ consent is provided. More than 30 States allow the marriage of those 15 years of age or younger if their parents’ approval was granted. Furthermore, a large number of countries allow the marriage of girls, under the same conditions mentioned above, at a younger age than those specified for boys, thus demonstrating that the early marriage phenomenon is influenced by gender.

About one third of women in the world are married before the age of 18; furthermore, records show that the highest rate of early matrimony is in South Asia.

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Iraq’s geopolitical, institutional and socio-economic developments continue to influence and compound the specific population, youth and gender challenges in Iraq.

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In order to strengthen the inter-agency coordination with regard to SGBV, SGBV Working Groups were set up in Baghdad, Domiz and Erbil in April and May 2013. In addition to this, Child Protection, Health/Nutrition and Food security, Protection and Education Working Groups are operational as well as an array of technical working groups. SGBV is also a dominant topic in the Psychosocial Coordination Sub-Working Group in Domiz whereby agencies come together and discuss coordination mechanisms for cases management and strategies for multi-sectoral response to psychosocial issues. 

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State Minister for Women Affairs Heads a Meeting on Integrating VAW Strategy in Sectoral Plans UNFPA organized a meeting headed by Dr. Ibtihal Kasd Al-Zaidi State Minister for Women Affairs, on integrating the national strategy to Combat Violence Against Women (CVAW) in Iraq in sectoral plans of the ministries of Health, Labor and Social Affairs, Education, Interior, and State Ministry for Women Affairs

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Summary Report: This survey is the first survey that addresses women issues on the basis of life cycle approach (adolescence, reproductive, after reproductive and elderly stages) from empowerment, health, reproductive health, violence against women and other relevant social and health dimensions to establish a comprehensive database on Iraqi woman issues across life cycle.

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This survey is the first survey that addresses women issues on the basis of life cycle approach (adolescence, reproductive, after reproductive and elderly stages) from empowerment, health, reproductive health, violence against women and other relevant social and health dimensions to establish a comprehensive database on Iraqi woman issues across life cycle.

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Demographic factor, through monitoring population growth, structure and distribution over the past three decades, formed the momentum for fundamental change in the attitude towards the official adoption of national population policies and programs integrated with sustainable development strategies in Iraq. This demographic situation was aligned with deteriorated economic and environment situations in the eighties which negatively affected the population welfare; and this is expected to remain as serious concern in the coming future. This report has indicated a number of these impacts such as high illiteracy rate, deteriorated health situation, high mortality rates, nutrition, high fertility and unemployment particularly among youth, in addition to low productivity in the rural areas and poverty as well as lack of water and food security, and international and regional conflicts.

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INPC seeks strategic policy options regarding population issues, therefore it has been envisaged in its plan for 2011 to prepare three thematic studies related to emerging population issues in Iraq namely population growth and fertility, reproductive health and displacement and migration. During the early stages of the planning to prepare these thematic studies; the research team decided that a comprehensive analysis of Iraq population is still important particularly the causal analysis and determinants of population dynamics. 

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The present functional review was carried out during 2011 as part of the Iraqi Public Sector Modernisation Programme (I-PSM). The review concerns the functioning of selected areas of the national statistical system (NSS) of Iraq. Overall, the review identifies that Iraq’s historically centralized statistical organisation needs to be further adapted to the recently established federalised structure of the country in order to deliver the expected services for the benefit of a modern Iraq.

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Part of Iraq Public Sector Modernization Programme (I-PSM)/ Statistical System Reform

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