Women’s Studies Center at the University of Baghdad recalls world day against violence against women
Women’s Studies Center at University of Baghdad organized its 2nd scientific symposium during this academic year entitled “Iraq and the resolution (1352) on women, peace and security” that comes within a campaign that lasts for 16 days against violence against women. The director of the center Prof. Dr. Siham Mutasher al-Kaabi stated in her speech during the opening of this symposium saying that the center aims within its objectives to implement the national strategy for the advancement of women and the national strategy against violence against women and to follow the principle of equal rights and equal opportunities in all areas as well as to review the existing legislation and proposing new bills that conform with constitution to halt violations against women. She added also that the center to circulate community education programs to change the prevailing stereotypes about women and limit violations that contravene human rights. Then the research session was chaired by Assis. Prof. Dr. Asmaa Jameel Rasheed and Afrah Diab as a rapporteur. A paper entitled “gender mainstreaming in public policies in Iraq/resolution 1325” submitted by Dr. Bushra Zweni from the Iraqi University and former adviser and another paper entitled “national and international dimension of resolution 1325” submitted by the by lawyer Haidar Kazim Al-Awadi from CSOs in Muthanna province. This event witnessed interventions of some attendants such as that of the representative of Associate president of our university for scientific affairs Dr. Najwa Salim Ali, director of department of scientific affairs who praised the objectives and recommendations of this symposium. It is worth mentioned that this campaign came in the anniversary of the annual ceremony held by United Nations General Assembly on the 25th of November 1999 as an international day against violence against women in recognition of Mirabal Sisters who were three Dominican sisters murdered by unknown assailants and later became as a landmark of freedom in the Dominican Republic and the world. International Organization for Human Rights recommends that all official and non-governmental organizations and the media All over the world to promote the culture of elimination of violence against women.