Iraqi Kurds launch women's rights campaign
for combating violence against women starts in Iraqi
Erbil-Hewler, Kurdistan region "Iraq", —
Iraqi Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan
Barzani will sponsor a week dedicated to combating
violence against women, scheduled to start on
Wednesday in the city of Erbil,www.ekurd.net
the Iraqi Kurdistan's
capital, a Kurdish official said on Tuesday.
“The week will discuss women-related issues and
means to raise the society’s awareness on the need
to curb violence against women,” George Mansour, the
region’s minister for civil society’s affairs, told
Kurdish Students at the university of Duhok
“The event, the first of
its kind in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, will run for
seven days, from November 19 to 25 in the Kurdish
provinces of Erbil, Duhok and Sulaimaniyah,” he
said, adding the inaugural ceremonies will take
place in an outdoor souk (market) in Erbil city.
“Civil society and women organizations will take
part in the event,” Mansour added.
The campaign is part of the Kurdistan Regional
Government’s (KRG) policy to achieve gender equality
and build a harmonious, modern society in which the
rights of all individuals are respected.
In launching the campaign,www.ekurd.net
the KRG has called upon
intellectuals, writers, public figures, human rights
activists, women's rights leaders, legal experts,
religious clerics, university professors and civil
society organisations to participate in the campaign
and to contribute to this cause.
The KRG sees the week-long campaign as an
opportunity to increase awareness among the public
of the cultural and legal aspects of this issue in
order to ensure a bright future for the women of the
Region and for society as a whole.
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