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Heartland Alliance International (HAI) is the youngest and fastest growing part of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, a family of organizations that has been leading anti-poverty and social justice work in Chicago for more than 125 years. HAI is comprised of nearly a dozen country offices implementing programs on a broad range of human rights issues globally, as well as the Chicago-based Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture, which serves individuals from more than 50 countries. HAI has significant expertise in the fields of trauma-informed mental health care and access to justice for survivors of rights abuses. It is also an industry leader in access to high-quality and stigma-free health care. Across all of its programs, HAI promotes progressive, innovative approaches to human rights protections and gender equality.
With the generous support of Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Heartland Alliance International (HAI) is implementing an ambitious four-year project to strengthen women's leadership and secure their economic rights, thus contributing to good governance, peace, and stability in Iraq. Future Forward: The Iraqi Women’s Leadership Initiative project advances three mutually reinforcing Strategic Objectives (SO):
SO1: Iraqi women become increasingly visible and effective in political leadership positions.
SO2: Iraqi women have better tools and resources to realize their economic and political rights.
SO3: Public support for women’s economic and political rights increases in areas of project activity.
The Future Forward project is intended to empower women and girls in both private and public spheres. Project activities are designed to tackle barriers that women and girls face in securing their political, economic, and social rights in their homes, communities, and policymaking arena.
General country context
The legislative and policy framework for women’s human rights fail to meet Iraq’s obligations under international human rights law. Domestic efforts to adopt policies meant to protect women are incomplete; for example, the draft Family Protection Law remains stalled before the Council of Representatives and the draft shelter policy for the victims of domestic violence remain pending under review by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA). Consequently, Iraqi women victimized by domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV) have inadequate access to the courts, poor or non-existent government services, and few legal remedies. Iraqi women who seek protection are often housed in women’s prisons and detention centers. The Family Protection Units (FPU) of the Iraqi Police have been established to provide protection to women who are the victims of domestic violence. However, the FPUs lacks the financial and personnel resources to cover large areas of the country and are inaccessible to most victims of domestic violence. The Iraqi Criminal Code no. 111 of 1969 permits “honor” in mitigation of charges involving the murder of family members. Police rarely investigate such cases and alleged perpetrators are therefore rarely held accountable. In the northern areas of Iraq, female genital mutilation (FGM) is decreasing, but continues. FGM occurs in southern Iraq but its prevalence is unknown. Government legislative and regulatory response appears inadequate. There are credible reports on the trafficking of women and girls; the victims are forced into prostitution and when caught, they face lengthy prison sentences despite the Iraqi Trafficking Law no. 29 of 2012.
With respect to women’s economic rights, legislative and governmental policy gaps remain in the areas of inheritance, the rights of ethnic and religious minority women in ownership and control of assets, non-discriminatory access to credit and financial services, equal status and access to the courts for civil and criminal litigation, workplace discrimination and sexual harassment, and equal access to government employment.
Goal of the legislative assessment
As part of the Future Forward project, HAI seeks to build the capacity of women in Iraq to develop and implement broad reform of policies affecting women’s political, economic, and social rights. In consultation with relevant stakeholders, Future Forward is intended to:
In order to address these concerns, HAI seeks a consultant to conduct a comprehensive review of the existing laws, policies, and practices in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) related to women’s political, economic, and social rights.
The following are the specific objectives of the assessment:
The assessment results will be used to develop Future Forward program strategies for addressing the gaps identified and to develop a leadership training program for female legislators and civic leaders at both national and provincial levels. Assessment results will also be provided to legislators and women’s movement leaders to inform their own strategic planning and prioritization regarding advocacy and new legislative initiatives.
The consultant will be based in Sulaymaniyah, Erbil, or Baghdad and must be able to travel across Iraq as needed. The consultant must pass the security clearance.
In the expression of interest, the consultant must propose a robust methodology that includes but is not limited to:
Timeframe: 15th of December,2018 -15th of January ,2019 (3 months)
To be considered for this contract, please submit the following to (firstname.lastname@example.org ) before the 1st of December,2018.
Incomplete submission packages and submission packages that do not adhere to the page limits stated above will not be considered. Present employees of HAI or HAI’s implementing partners need not apply.
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