Promoting human rights and supporting the developing democratic civil society in Iraq are the main goals of our work. Our projects in Iraq, therefore, focus on empowering women and on advancing their political and social equality. WADI's staff members in Northern Iraq live and work in their own communities. They combat violence against women and struggle to improve the social and economic status of women in Iraqi society. WADI has supported marginalized groups, such as prisoners and Internally Displaced People (IDP's). Additionally, our programs aim on encouraging and empowering local NGOs, democratic organizations and women's networks.
FGM-Free Communities Programme
Seven villages in Kurdish nothern Iraq made the start. In most of them the mutilation rate was almost 100%.
After learning about the negative effects of female genital mutilation (FGM) and discussing this … more
For northern Iraq, the Ba'athist rule of the country meant persecution, exile and war.
Generations had grown up under these conditions and rarely attended school … more
Assistance for Women in Distress
In 1997, WADI began to plan the first shelter for women in northern Iraq, in close cooperation
with all active women's organizations of Suleymaniah … more
Mobile Women-Led Aid Teams
Since 2003, WADI supports women-led mobile teams which operate in remote areas of the regions
of Mosul, Arbil, Suleymaniyah, Halabja, Pishder, Qandil and Garmyan … more
Focusing on long-term empowerment of women and the development of a democratic civil society
in Iraq, WADI supports several independent women centers in Halabja, Hauraman and Garmyan regions … more
Radio Dange Nwe – a Community Radio
Although some independent media outlets have worked in northern Iraq for nearly a decade,
the idea of community-based radio stations is new … more
Community Radio for Women in the Jordan ValleyThe community radio has been a unique opportunity for the women of the area, for communication,
self-organisation and self-development.… more
SPY – Assisting victims of the chemical attacks on Halabja
Twenty years after the gas attacks on Halabja, the population still suffers the consequences. During and immediately
after the attacks of 1988 several thousands of civilians were poisoned and killed by chemical bombs … more
The Campaign against Female Genital MutilationIraqi women are subjected to a strict moral code that dominates their patriarchal society.
Most of these rules of social control are an unspoken and deeply-rooted code of rules of behavior… more
Rule of Law
After decades of Ba’athist dictatorship, the reconstruction of democracy in Iraq is a great challenge.
People have never had the opportunity of living in a democratic state… more
Since 1995, WADI has supported prisoners by providing medical assistance and education programmes
in order to encourage their reintegration into society. The programme focuses on juveniles and female prisoners … more
The Emergency Response FundSometimes, you wished to have direct and quick aid, without large bureaucratic efforts and considerable delays.
Sometimes, you feel you could change a lot with limited means … more
A Playmobile for the Children of Poison Gas Victims
As part of the joined WADI - Green Cross project to support the regions most affected by the 1988 poison gas attacks,
a playmobile was in the planning stage for a long time already … more