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6 June 2021

And I was Born Again

Noora was only 12 years old when her family fled Al Hassakah, Syria, looking for shelter in the Duhok governorate of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The living conditions at the camp were difficult and... Read more

12 May 2021
© 2021 screenshot from the zoom call

RDPP, UNFPA conduct a virtual visit in Erbil and Duhok

12 May 2021; Erbil, Iraq - UNFPA Gender Equality and Women Empowerment team was joined on 10 May by representatives from the European Regional Development and Protection Programme for Lebanon, Jordan... Read more

10 May 2021
Press Release
Government, UN launch 2030 National Youth Vision, reiterate commitment to Youth Development and Empowerment

Government, UN launch 2030 National Youth Vision, reiterate commitment to Youth Development and Empowerment

Baghdad, 10 May 2021 - The Ministry of Youth and Sports in the Federal Government launched the 2030 National Youth Vision. The Vision was put in place in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture... Read more

5 May 2021
Midwives with a mobile team in Marib, Yemen, provide life-saving services in a displacement camp. © UNFPA Yemen

Global shortage of 900,000 midwives threatens women’s lives and health, new report shows

ERBIL, Iraq/UNITED NATIONS, New York – “A 35-year old pregnant woman came to our clinic with abdominal pain,” recalled Hawrin Yousif, a 27-year-old midwife in the Khazir displacement camp in the... Read more

4 May 2021
Kawa from Syria, currently in Domiz 1 camp, explains to Emily from Dfat the story behind his favorite painting. Kawa is an art teacher at the UNFPA-youth centre in Domiz camp in Duhok!

Australia and UNFPA visit supported facilities in Duhok

4 May 2021, Duhok, Iraq - Ms Emily Lyons from the Government Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and UNFPA Representative to Iraq, Dr Rita Columbia, visited Duhok... Read more

30 April 2021
© 2021/UNFPA Iraq Photo

Attending to the needs of women, girls and young people in Sinjar

30 April 2021; Sinjar, Iraq - The Minister of Displacement and Migration, HE Evan Faek Jabro, and UNFPA Representative, Dr Rita Columbia, visited on 29 April Sinjar, in Nineveh province, to hear... Read more

14 April 2021
Press Release
Women and girls, including individuals with disabilities and survivors of gender-based violence; and men and boys, as allies of the prevention and response to gender-based issues, will benefit from awareness and integrated gender-based violence and SRH services.

Australia provides AUD 2 million to UNFPA-women and girls interventions in Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq; 14 April 2021 - The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) renewed its commitment to reproductive health and rights of women and girls, and prevention and... Read more

12 April 2021
Press Release
The CERF grant will allow a scale-up of the mobile teams and deployment of community mobilisers to deliver integrated GBV and SRH services.

CERF contributes US$ 1.6 M to UNFPA integrated interventions in Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq; 12 April 2021 - The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) contributed US$ 1.6 million to UNFPA for two years to provide integrated sexual reproductive health (SRH) and gender-based... Read more

10 April 2021
“Being a midwife is my calling,” - Hawrin, 27-year-old midwife at Khazir camp RH clinic.​

Superhero Midwife: Meet Hawrin

Hawrin is 27-year-old. Five years ago, she decided to become a midwife. We had a chat with Hawrin about her work as a midwife at the UNFPA-supported reproductive health facility in Khazir camp.  Why... Read more

7 April 2021
On this year’s World Health Day, WHO, UNFPA and UNDP reiterate their commitment to helping communities across the country access quality services for a healthier and fairer Iraq.

Building a healthier, fairer Iraq

Crises like the ISIL conflict and COVID-19 have exacerbated inequalities in Iraq. Essential health services and infrastructure have deteriorated, and not everyone has had equal access to necessary... Read more