NEW Project to Help Iraqi Women

MLI Implementing Project to Empower Iraqi Women

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We are very pleased to announce that MLI, in partnership with the AMAR Foundation, has received a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to conduct the Network for the Economic Empowerment of Women in Iraq (NEW Iraq) project in southern Iraq to empower female heads of household through a year-long mentoring program.

As violent conflict persists in Iraq, women are facing increased financial responsibility due to the death or severe injury of the male provider in their household. The NEW Iraq project is designed to address this vulnerability by providing the women with skills that will assist them in their ability to earn a living, and support themselves and their families. Specifically, it targets women from Basra and Dhi Qar and is providing them with professional training and mentoring, led by Iraqi businesswomen located locally and in the U.S., as well as an online portal for networking and ongoing learning.

The trainees participated in a two-day Networking and Mentoring Skills Building Workshop at the end of September 2017, and now are engaging in monthly training and mentoring sessions in groups of ten with both the Iraqi and U.S.-based mentors. Where appropriate, the Iraqi-mentors will select interested trainees from each group to participate in internship opportunities at the mentor’s own place of business or other local businesses identified by local project staff, where the trainees may develop hands-on training that will enhance their ability to enter the labor market or initiate their own business. Child care, computer training, and English-language training are being provided for trainees who are interested.

Through this holistic, robust, and sustainable mentoring network, southern Iraqi FHHs are receiving professional development training that will increase their opportunities to engage in income generating activities and will dramatically improve their ability to support themselves and their family members.

To learn more about this program, contact us here or call us at (703) 243-9200.