Baghdad Women Association celebrated the opening of its new “Psycho-social, legal support, case management, and referral services” center at Salah Al-Din governance on February 19th, 2019. The opening of the center comes as a part of the organisation's strategy in expanding its reach in other Iraq's provinces and within the project’s framework "Strengthening access to protection, participation and services for women refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities” funded by the European Union Regional Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the EU MADAD Fund and in partnership with EuroMed Feminist Initiative.
The opening ceremony was attended by high-level representatives, Deputy Governor of Salah Al-Din, Mr. Ismail Khudair Al-Haloub and a group of community leaders, local government representatives from the security services, community police, health centers, and a number of civil society organizations working in the district.
During the opening session facilitated by Mr. Hisham Abdel Samad, attendees discussed the city situation after liberation, the stages of reconstruction and its impact on women and children as well as the situation of displaced people in the camps and the obstacles they are facing that limit them to return to their cities, furthermore, the roles of the government and local and international civil society organizations were discussed as well.
The session concluded by drawing up the map of the referral system. Participants presented the type of support they can provide to women and the mechanism of cooperation between them and Baghdad Women Association to activate the referral process.
About the center:
The center located in Tikrit city, Hay Al-Qadisiyah, Street 500 is set to serve refugee, Internally displaced people (IDPs) and women and girls from the host community. The center opens every day from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to provide greater and safer access for women and girls to comprehensive cross-sectoral services - legal, psychological, logistical and services related to gender-based violence.