Emma organization organized a campaign in Erbil city center

In continuing of serial events and activities regarding commemorating 16 days of activism, Emma organization has been organizing various activities and seminars in Erbil, Duhok (camps) and Sharya.

Emma organization staff at the three centers in Erbil, Duhok and Shariya started the campaign on street  with giving awareness lessons, spreading brochures including information based on GBV, along with having psychological sessions for Yezidi survivors about overcoming traumatizing. Besides, Emma organization held a three days training to a number of female lawyer about eliminating violence based on gender. During the training, clarification and information were issued about eliminating violence based on gender. In addition, the lawyers discussed the problems which faced them while working.

One of the campaigns Emma organization organized was in the city center in Erbil, which was planned to spread information about violence based on gender, giving speeches. Besides, the people were interviewed about the case, gave their thoughts and experiences.

Most of those who assembled around the campaign place were men, some of which declared to engage into the eliminating violence based on gender process. There was a Muslim religious man answered the question of “ Do you think violence against women came from abroad, or existed in Kurdish society”, he answered “ I have been to Europe, they treat women very respectfully, but our society has not realized the values of women yet”.

On the contrary, there were others who disagreed. They thought that those who try to raise awareness among Kurdish women, spoil their private lives. They believed women should stay silent while being abused, unless they will lose their husbands. Hadiya, was an elderly woman passed by our team, was caught by the interviewer. Hadiya was asked how it would have been alike, if she had gone to school in her time, not stranded by four walls to raise children, she confidently answered “I wish I could, but I do not agree on such campaigns you do, women should be women by implementing her daily houskeeping, unless there would be no one to run her work at home”.

Most of the people who gathered around the Emma staff were going back to that Quran verse which mentioned “four women are accepted to marry to”.

A religious man replaying them ,“ people misunderstood the Quran and Prophet Muhamad speeches, they think marrying four women is allowed, but they forgot to think about the rights of each woman in their lives, because they do not mention that verse which Allah says, they cannot treat them equally ”.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day of Elimination  Violence Against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was initiated in 1991 by the first Women's Global Leadership Institute, held by the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University.

Currently, more than 3,700 organizations from approximately 164 countries participate in the campaign annually.

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