Inspiring Change

From the 8th to 12th of March, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in partnership with the UN, NGOs and local governments, marked International Women’s Day by holding events across Iraq. 

Festivities held in Basra, Missan and Thi Qar in the South, Darashakran and Basirma camps in the North, and Baghdad celebrated the intrinsic role of women by showcasing their economic achievements and strengthening their positions in society. 

Women and men from all walks of life participated in the events, from Syrian refugees, IOM beneficiaries and academic professors to members of the Iraqi
parliament. Some of the participants and honourees had taken part in IOM’s various livelihood programmes, through which they had become social and economic pillars in their communities.

Displays of art, music and dancing at the events expressed the talent, creativity and resilience of the women who have braved and continue to brave hardship in their daily lives. 

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