Creating a pool of trainers on gender based violence and domestic violence

22 Jul 2012

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By: Nahid Hussein, UNDP Iraq

As part of its support to the Government of Iraq, UNDP Iraq organised a ”Training of Trainers” course to enhance the skills of Government and Non-Governmental Organisation employees, as well as a number of academics, to combat Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Domestic Violence (DV).

Seventeen representatives from all areas of Iraq, including eight women, travelled to Erbil between 8 and 12 July to participate in the five-day course.  These trainers will form part of a national pool of talent that will carry out GBV related training courses, targeting Judges, lawyers and Government officials in the justice sector, as well as Civil Society Organisations.

By working in partnership with the Government, UNDP aims to raise awareness of these issues and increase Iraqi capacity to reduce GBV and DV related incidents.  At the policy-making level, UNDP has already supported the establishment of Family Protection Units and, at the Federal and Regional level, assisted with the drafting of the Domestic Violence Bill.  

Peter Bachelor, UNDP Iraq Country Director, welcomed the commitment demonstrated by the trainers during the course and encouraged them to work together with their respective organisations to conduct future training courses on GBV.