• Pana center speak with Woman Minister

    Awezan Nuri and Bushra Zaki from Kvinna till Kvinna’s partner organisation Pana center discussing women’s rights with Bayan Noori, Minister of Women Affairs in Iraq. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Emelia Frennmark

  • Security workshop for activists

    Iraqi activists Dalal Jumaah and Shameran Odisho practice first aid during a security workshop, arranged by Kvinna till Kvinna. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Karin Råghall

  • Pana centre demonstrates against violence against women

    The women’s rights organisation Pana Centre demonstrates in Kirkuk for strengthened protection of women who are subjected to violence. Photo: Nahdha Ali/Pana

  • Women in Sirwan

    Kvinna till Kvinna’s partner organisation Amez gives women in the village of Sirwan the possibility to get educated for work. Here, the head of Amez, Awaz Daleni, with course participants. Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna/Emelia Frennmark


The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation has cooperated with women’s organisations in Iraq since 2005. In 2011, we opened an office in Erbil.

Women’s status in conflict-torn Iraq has steadily deteriorated and today many women face constant threats to their safety. Women standing as candidates in elections have been threatened by religious extremists, who believe that all women should stay at home, and recurrent attacks against minorities severely limits the freedom of movement for women from these groups.

Nevertheless, women continue to risk their lives to work for peace and human rights. They believe that there are no alternatives to dialogue and cooperation, if the country is to be transformed from chaos into a society where women can feel safe and have the right to determine their own path in life.

Women’s organisations’ in Iraq are very much in need of support. Many ask The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation for help, since the women’s situation in the country is not being addressed adequately, neither by the Iraqi authorities nor by the international community or international organisations.

New factsheet (2015): Violence against women in Iraq

Senast uppdaterad: 2015-12-21