Iraqi women and girls are being taken from their homes and raped. Extremist militants who have taken over huge parts of northern Iraq are bursting into homes and demanding families hand over unmarried daughters. Those that refuse are beaten or killed. Women are fleeing for their lives. Help us open a new shelter in ISIS-controlled territory, where women are at the greatest risk of violence. The shelter will provide refuge, aid and medical care to rape survivors and women at risk of brutalities.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Iraq is on the brink of civil war and violence against women is on the rise. International aid agencies have evacuated, and government services are practically non-existent. OWFI, MADRE's Iraqi partner group, is one of the only organizations working on the ground to protect women and families from violence. They need our immediate help to expand their shelter services to a town in ISIS-controlled territory, where women are at great risk of rape, kidnapping and forced marriage.
How will this project solve this problem?
MADRE and OWFI will open a new shelter in ISIS-controlled territory for rape survivors and women fleeing abuse, offering vital refuge and humanitarian aid including food, water, clothing and medical care. We will also provide safe birthing kits and other supplies for an emergency maternity center for women in labor who are prevented by the violence from reaching a hospital. Women and girls fleeing violence will be safe and gain access to the immediate services they need to heal from trauma.
Potential Long Term Impact
In addition to covering the costs of immediate needs for shelter, food and medical care, MADRE and OWFI use human rights training programs to empower women and girl shelter residents to reach out to other victims and build their skills to be agents of change. Through OWFI programs, women and girls expand their capacity to advocate for the full range of women's rights.
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,000
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $2,000 . The original project funding goal was $2,000.
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