Art Action for Peace: Support Young Iraqi Artists

by MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org. Vetted since 2008 Site Visit Verified


Help unite Iraqi youth through a series of public events and workshops featuring poetry, theater, dancing, and music within a framework of peace and human rights.

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Iraqis today face a triple threat of foreign occupation, sectarian violence, and heavy militia recruiting. The resulting political climate is stifling and divisive to young artists and activists, who lack a public forum for censorship-free expression. This project is filling that gap, as Sunni and Shia youth flock to events, defying the logic of civil war and coming together in a shared vision of a peaceful Iraq. Participation has boomed from a few dozen to over 700 audience members.


Artist, poets, musicians, actors, and students hold monthly public performances in and around Baghdad. Open human rights trainings and capacity-building seminars are also held biweekly to build youth leaders’ organizing, writing and computer skills.

Long-Term Impact

Dialoging and networking with supposed adversaries will serve participants for years to come, as the lasting effects of sectarian violence are felt. Through trainings, participants develop skills to initiate change and build alternatives to war.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


More about MADRE's work with OWFI
Country Overview on Iraq
MADRE's report on gender-based violence in Iraq
Iraq factsheet companion

Organization Information

MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @madrespeaks
Project Leader:
Irene Lew
Development Assistant
New York, NY United States
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Thanks to 25 donors like you, a total of $1,332 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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