Project profile — Work Empowerment for Women in Iraq

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Work Empowerment for Women in Iraq - Overview
2019-02-28 - 2022-06-30
Country / region • Iraq (100.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Legal and judicial development (15130) (40.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Women’s equality organisations and institutions (15170) (30.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services
Employment policy and administrative management (16020) (30.00%)
Policy marker • Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
Description and results


The project aims to increase protection and access to equitable employment for women in Iraq. Through collaboration with the Iraqi Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Justice’s Higher Judicial Council, Iraqi law firms, the Iraqi Bar Association, Iraqi trade unions, and local women’s community organizations, the project informs women of their rights in the workplace, gives them resources to ensure they are respected, and thereby encourages them to join the workforce. Project activities include: (1) the training of up to 275 women, following which at least 85% will be able to demonstrate knowledge of their rights in the workplace and how to assert them; (2) the establishment of a monitoring and liaison body on gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Up to 75 labour court judges and lawyers and up to 120 labour inspectors will be trained for this purpose; and (3) Addressing the social and cultural stigmas inhibiting women’s access to work, and providing them with informed narratives that promote the role of Iraqi women in the country’s economic revitalization. As a result of this implementation, Iraqi women will be able to enter and remain in the workforce without fear of discrimination or harassment, allowing them to contribute toward Iraq’s economic revitalization.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) reduced vulnerability to harassment and discrimination in the workplace for women in Iraq; (2) improved good governance processes and networks of support for women in asserting their workplace rights in Iraq; and (3) improved social attitudes towards working women and their rights among businesses, men, women, and families in Baghdad and Basra.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) reached 301 beneficiaries directly in this reporting period ( 276 women and 25 men); (2) conducted six awareness-raising workshops on women's rights and protection for 296 participants (271 women and 25 men) in Baghdad, Basra, and Ninawa; (3) conducted a three-day training on gender-based provisions of the Iraqi labour law for 60 labour inspectors of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA) to support the inspectors in recognizing and documenting anti-discrimination violations in the workplace; and (4) conducted two sessions to share on-the-ground challenges that hinder the implementation of labour laws and key shortfalls in the legal framework. Also developed an action plan to address these challenges for 22 participants from the MoLSA, the Iraqi Bar Association, Civil Society Organizations, the General Federation of Iraq Workers, female employees, and private sector representatives.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $849,340
Transaction Date Type Value
05-12-2022 Disbursement $250,106
23-08-2022 Disbursement $99,613
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