Iraq Crisis – Response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence – Islamic Relief Canada 2017-2019

Reporting Organization:Islamic Relief Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 3,000,000
Timeframe: January 1, 2017 - August 31, 2020
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Aminah Arab
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Islamic Relief Canada

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Iraq - $ 3,000,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Promotion & Education (21 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Sexual & Gender-based Violence (60 %)

Other (19 %)

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The humanitarian situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate. The violence between armed groups and government forces has displaced over 3 million people from their homes. The capacity of the Government to respond to the basic needs of its citizens has been overwhelmed. While Daesh has lost considerable territory in 2016, it is expected that humanitarian needs will remain significant in the coming years. More people will be displaced by the conflict, while many will remain displaced in camps and host communities. However, there will also be growing numbers of people returning to areas no longer under the control of Daesh who will also need assistance to help restart their lives. With GAC’s support, Islamic Relief Canada is contributing by meeting the health, psychosocial and protection needs of vulnerable Iraqi women and girls affected by sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Project activities include: (1) establishing women and girls centres to provide assistance and a safe space for psychosocial first aid, counselling and recreational activities; (2) improving the coverage and referral system of basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care services and family planning services; (3) developing case identification and referral pathways, and follow-up of cases for survivors of SGBV; (4) providing psychosocial support to survivors of SGBV; (5) training social workers on life skills and peer education, and conduct education for adolescent girls and women; and (6) organizing community and religious events to raise awareness on SGBV and child and early forced marriages (CEFM).

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Children, girls Children, boys
Descriptors: Refugees Internally displaced people (IDP)
Total Direct Population: 16,000
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Community based centers established
Family planning services provided
Livelihood training provided
Protection services provided to respond to SGBV
Women safe space centers established
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased access by women and girls to specialized assistance and services in response to SGBV; (2) increased availability and use of integrated sexual and reproductive health services, including obstetric and neonatal and family planning services; (3) improved identification, referral and follow-up services for survivors of SGBV; (4) improved capacity of social workers to provide life skills and peer education; and (5) improved community awareness about SGBV, CEFM and psychosocial services. The expected ultimate outcome is lives saved, suffering alleviated and human dignity maintained in countries experiencing humanitarian crisis or that are food insecure.

Achieved Results



None Selected
  • None Selected
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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