A Strategy for Peace in Iraq: A Gender-Sensitive National Reconciliation Platform is a policy document presented by a group of 60 Iraqi women peace activists from the provinces of Anbar, Baghdad, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Salahaddin. The purpose of this document is to provide key actors in Iraq and the international community with a blueprint for building peace and promoting gender-sensitive policy priorities. When drafting this platform, the women activists considered eight peacebuilding related issues in Iraq that would need to be resolved to enable the creation of a new reality. These issues are: 1) women’s empowerment; 2) safety and security; 2) trust and confidence; 4) victims and survivors; 5) education and youth; 6) governance and redistribution of resources; 7) health and environment, and 8) agriculture.
Operating as a network of women under the umbrella of HerRole: Inclusive Reconciliation, Lasting Peace, the women peace activists use this platform as the foundation for their advocacy efforts to garner public buy-in and support for their vision of peace in Iraq, and promote the timely adoption and implementation of the outlined recommendations. This updated edition, finalized in early 2020, is an expansion of the original platform drafted in 2018.
The program Empowering Women to Participate in the National Reconciliation Process was funded by the Government of Canada.