17 Feb 2020

The National Civil Society Conference was held on 3-4 February 2020 in Erbil to discuss the draft of Iraq’s second National Action Plan (NAP) for the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on women, peace and security. This event was organized by the Alliance 1325 in partnership with EuroMed Feminist Initiative (EFI) in the framework of the ‘Madad for Women’ project funded by the European Union through the EU’s Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the EU ‘Madad Fund’, supported by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The conference aimed to provide space for a wide discussion on the second NAP for UNSCR 1325 and its coherence with the lessons learned and recommendations from the previous localization processes and the principles of Women Peace and Security Agenda (WPSA). This event gathered 108 representatives from 57 civil society organizations (CSOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) as well as representatives from Alliance 1325, Sawtuha Alliance, and Iraqi Women Network. The conference reviewed the draft of the second NAP and issued recommendations to the relevant authorities for the improvement and localization of the second NAP in order to effectively and concretely meet the needs and aspirations of women in Iraq.