Project profile — Future Forward: The Iraqi Women’s Leadership Initiative

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Future Forward: The Iraqi Women’s Leadership Initiative - Overview
Heartland Alliance International
2018-03-15 - 2022-07-31
Country / region • Iraq (100.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (33.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Human rights (15160) (34.00%)
• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security
Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (33.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


The project aims to strengthen women's leadership and secure their economic rights, thus contributing to good governance, peace and stability in Iraq. The project focuses on empowering women and girls in their homes and communities while working in a larger context of peace-building, transitional justice, and addressing the pervasive barriers women face to accessing their rights. Project activities include: (1) launching a comprehensive leadership training program for 305 Iraqi women already in leadership positions in order to strengthen their effectiveness as politicians and increase their chances of being re-elected; (2) launching a mentorship program (500 mentees matched with 100 mentors) designed to inspire and equip younger women to become civic and political leaders; (3) supporting four women-led local partners to establish women’s support centers to begin providing direct legal services to 15,335 women, and to enable women to access the economic resources to which they are entitled. The centres also provide psychosocial support to 14,400 women, including survivors of gender-based violence; (4) providing a toolkit of women’s empowerment “micro-projects” that local partners can launch at their women’s support centers to build solidarity and peer networks through women’s empowerment programming, and supporting women to advocate within their homes and communities to change norms and behaviors; and (5) reaching 40,000 individuals through “know your rights” campaigns, 10,000 persons through community-based organisations-led targeted campaigns designed to change norms and influence the behavior of male relatives and other influencers in the community, and 480 civil society leaders through facilitated discussions on policy and legislative reform. It is expected that the project will reach 65,815 individuals

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) Iraqi women become increasingly visible and effective in political and civic leadership programs; (2) Iraqi women have better tools and resources to realize their economic and political rights; and (3) public support for Iraqi women’s economic and political rights increases in areas of project activity.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) provided legal services to 1,523 women, which included representation in courts, consultation services, and administrative assistance to issue official documents; (2) provided mental health or psychosocial and gender-based violence related services to 2,977 women to improve their emotional and psychosocial well-being; and (3) 18 women benefitted from the livelihood program through micro-grants to help establish their businesses in five project locations (Baghdad, Basra, Duhok, Muthanna, and Sulaymaniyah governorates).



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
31-03-2023 Disbursement $31,645
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