Experts highlighted the importance and usefulness of the Regional Index to document meaningful data and information and support informed decision-making and actions in the field of VAWG and WPSA for Iraq/KRI. They also focused on the methodology and framework of Regional Index and agreed on the future steps.
The Regional Index is meant to provide a comprehensive documentation on laws, public policies and services related to VAWG and WPSA and their alignment with international laws and women´s rights instruments. They include a set of indicators to follow up and support the implementation of policies and measures to combat VAWG in seven countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. The Regional Index has adopted a scoring methodology with the participation of legal and gender experts from governments, the academia and women´s organizations from the Index countries.
Iraq was the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region to adopt a National Action Plan for the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security (2014-2018), thus opening new opportunities for the promotion of women rights in the region. “The inclusion in the Regional Index is a decisive step to support the efforts of Iraq/KRI in combating VAWG and implementing the WPSA” says Suzan Aref, Head of WEO.