Important New Support for OWFI’s Work from European Funders

We are proud and grateful to have received significant new funding for our work in the last few months. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a long-time supporter of OWFI, has partnered with us again for a multi-year project to support a wide range of OWFI’s efforts to advance legal and social improvements for Iraqi …

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Bread Baking Stoves and Supplies Empower Women in IDP Camp to Feed and Support Many Others

In January, an OWFI activist team visited people displaced by the fighting in Mosul who are living in the Khazir camp. We provided bread-baking stoves and sufficient amounts of flour to 10 women who have suffered human rights violations by ISIS fighters. Each of these 10 women will be able to support 20 tents through the …

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OWFI Sheltering More Women than Ever Before

OWFI is now providing shelter and support to by far the largest number of women and children we ever have — 26, some with children. We have responded in every way we are able to the many threats facing Iraqi women right now. In January, we opened two new shelters. The first, in Kirkuk, provides …

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The city of Mosul is devastated.

Hundreds of thousands have fled, with nothing, through a landscape of immense danger. The stories my colleagues and I have heard from the women who somehow survived this journey are heartbreaking. Families who must choose between staying and starving, or fleeing at a high risk of death.  Children abandoned along the route, some run over …

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In Conversation: Yanar Mohammed on trafficking in Iraq

Yanar Mohammed is the President of Organization of Women’s Freedom, our grantee partner in Iraq. The group focuses on protecting women’s human rights, including fighting against trafficking of women and girls, and operates six safe houses for women survivors of violence. In this interview with Yanar, we hear about how her organization’s work against trafficking …

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From where I stand: Yanar Mohammed

“The situation is very grim in Iraq. We run into many young women who have run away from their homes, who have been trapped by a trafficking group who have put them in brothels, who want to escape to have a better life, and they cannot go back home because they will be killed. Millions …

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OWFI Statement

The need to create safe houses for women in the cities liberated from ISIS The ISIS invasion to the Iraqi cities have caused much misery as a result of massacres and executions. In the same time it devastated lives of women who were forced into marriages, raped into pregnancies, many of whom gave birth to …

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OWFI held the founding event of organizing a Black-Iraqi Women’s gathering on 16th of February

OWFI held the founding event of organizing a Black-Iraqi Women’s gathering on 16th of February, led by Alia Ali (5th from left). Alia championed running our shelter for Black-Iraqi women in Baghdad successfully for the last 2 years. It is time for Alia and the Sisters in Iraq to defend their rights to dignity and …

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Shelter for Young Yazidi Victims of ISIS Now Open

We have recently opened a shelter for Yazidi women and girls who have escaped slavery by ISIS. OWFI activists rented a house, furnished it, and conducted many planning and training sessions with our new activists there. I met with five ISIS survivors, mostly under 20 years old, and spoke words of support and apologized for …

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The Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq

Dear Friend,  The horrors facing the women of Iraq continue unabated. Recently, three strong OWFI activists, Dalal, Ahlam, and Majid, travelled to the village of Rbaidha, just across the unofficial border from ISIS-held Hawija. They had heard of the arrival of a number of women who had escaped the ISIS controlled area, and wanted to check …

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OWFI condemns the terrorist Islamist ISIS attacks in Paris

The 2003 occupation of Iraq developed a second generation of Al Qaedas who can only be described as human beasts, with no consideration to human life, female dignity, or children’s right to safety or innocence. Our hearts go to the French victims’ families who begin to share our dilemma of dealing with Islamist terrorism. The …

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Finding a Path Back to Iraq, and Toward Securing Women’s Freedom

UNITED NATIONS — YANAR MOHAMMED runs a secret network of safe houses in her native Iraq. The women who come through its doors are honor­killing runaways, rape survivors, war widows and assorted others who have been to the cliff edge of hell and back. The shelters are meant to give them a second chance in …

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Yanar Mohammed is the co-founder of the Organisation for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (Video)

ONE BILLION RISING, AFRICAN AMERICAN POLICY FORUM, and the CENTER FOR INTERSECTIONALITY AND SOCIAL POLICY STUDIES (CISPS) AT COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL presents: BODIES OF REVOLUTION: WOMEN RISE AGAINST THE VIOLENCE OF POLICE, STATES & EMPIRE       Moderated by Laura Flanders (The Laura Flanders Show) and Featuring: Fartuun Adan SOMALIA Suad Amiry PALESTINE Kimberle Williams Crenshaw USA Eve …

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Video

Yanar Mohammed OWFI’s president testimony at the United Nations.

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