The 2011 UN General Assembly Resolution on women’s political participation illustrates that women in every part of the world continue to be largely marginalized from the political sphere, often as a result of discriminatory laws, practices, attitudes and gender stereotypes, low levels of education, lack of access to health care and the disproportio...nate effect of poverty on women. For the 2030 Goals to be adequately achieved, Governments must address the needs of, and provide a voice for, all their citizens.
In Iraq women have specific policy and programming needs and remain under-represented in government. Hence, the IoG is undertaking a stream of programming aimed at addressing these issues and imbalances.  Working with a wide range of women and advocacy groups, as well as women empowerment training in Iraq and in Canada will build the capacity of Iraqi women to lead and drive change.
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The objective of the cohort is to have a group of Iraqi female public servants and CSO leaders better understand their roles and be more effective actors in the system of decentralized governance in Iraq. The cohort will connect women in elected office, the public service, and civil society (and at both the federal and provincial level) with the goal of advancing the principles of federalism. This is achieved by developing their capacity to work together to achieve policy and programming goals, and ultimately better outcomes for all Iraqis. Module One introduces the concept of leadership competencies in an Iraqi context. These competencies were identified by IOG through previous work in designing a senior executive service program in Iraq. ​
Sylvain Dubois, the Honourable Marie Poulin, and Steve Tierney from the IOG  are meeting with a woman member of parliament in Kurdistan Regional Government to discuss the Gender Empowerment program in Iraq.
IOG undertook a mission to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and met with several Senior Eexecutives in the Kurdistan Regional Government to discuss the workplan for the coming year.  Vice-President of IOG, Sylvain Dubois and Madeleine Meilleur, Senior Advisor meeting Minister of Municipality and Minister of Interior in Kurdistan Regional Government​.
IOG Team member, the Honourable Marie-P. Charette-Poulin, is discussing the upcoming Women Cohort in Iraq at the University of Karbala with the Dean of the Veterinary Medical College on July 10th ‎20
 Mrs. Maryantonett Flumian, President of IOG meeting H.E. Minister of Planning in the Kurdistan Regional Government. The meeting was to broaden the support within the KRG and Kurdistan for the project.
Iraqi women parliamentarian delegation were in a mission to Canada from September 21 - October 3 to expose them to the Canadian federal model and institutions, and to build a relationship with them.